snief, eine der besten Videoseiten, muss die Pforten dicht machen:
I’m Tom (aka Spinner), a Stage6 user and an employee of DivX, Inc., the company behind the service. I’m writing this message today to inform you that we plan to shut down Stage6 on February 28, 2008. Upload functionality has already been turned off, and you’ll be able to view and download videos until Thursday…
Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we are not in a position to continue to provide. There are a lot of other details involved, but at the end of the day it’s really as simple as that.
Now, why didn’t we think of that before we decided to create Stage6 in the first place, you may ask? That’s a good question. When we first created Stage6, there was a clear need for a service that would offer a true high quality video experience online because other video destinations on the Internet simply weren’t providing that to users. A gap existed, and Stage6 arrived to fill it.
As Stage6 grew quickly and dramatically (accompanied by an explosion of other sites delivering high quality video), it became clear that operating the service as a part of the larger DivX business no longer made sense. We couldn’t continue to run Stage6 and focus on our broader strategy to make it possible for anyone to enjoy high quality video on any device. So, in July of last year we announced that we were kicking off an effort to explore strategic alternatives for Stage6, which is a fancy way of saying we decided we would either have to sell it, spin it out into a private company or shut it down.
In der einen Mail stand: Dabei ist es eher der Erfolg der Stage6 zum Verhängnis wird. Allein im Juni 2007 haben 10 Millionen Unique Visitors die Seite besucht, im April 2007 waren es noch 4 Millionen. Doch mit dem Betrieb der Seite sind erhebliche Kosten verbunden, die DivX nicht länger tragen will
Schade, schade, so fand ich die Seite ingesamt klasse gemacht, sauberes Design, klare Anordnung von Elementen, superbe Dokus in HD, usw, hm… ok, good bye und danke.