It has not been a good week for video formats. First HD-DVD, now Divx. No, the divx format will still be around, but the best thing they ever offered, in my opinion, Stage6, will be gone at the end of the month (and it’s the shortest month of the year!).
It was a video-sharing website that got right what Youtube and others failed to do. They were able to provide high quality videos and get some pretty decent content. Granted, it’s a proprietary format (but then again so is Flash) and the video sizes were quite a bit larger, but it was lovely.
I could download full-length episodes of shows and short films with little effort. It will be sad to see it go, but I always wondered what their revenue-making scheme was. Although it was a nice idea, they seemed to have no method of sustaining such a large project with huge video files (some of them in HD). At lease with Vuze, the Azureus people are footing the bill for server bandwidth (since it uses peer-to-peer torrent technology).
At any rate, farewell, Stage6. Many good things die young.