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Stage6 Killed so DivX Could Thrive?

Well, no sooner did I tout the growth and value of HD streaming site Stage6.com and they decide to close up shop. It could be my rationalization, but it sounds like they were a victim of their own success. According to some sources the combination of traffic, copyright policing and board greed (nixing a spin-out funding deal), led to a decision to shut Stage6.com down. I’m guessing deal negotiations also broke down when new investors wanted reps & warranties about copyright liability.

On the surface, shutting such a property down doesn’t make much sense…someone is probably too busy with the DivX-inside business model to mold the right Stage6 deal (including all the copyright complexity). But, sometimes such focus makes perfect sense…[UPDATE: especially if the core team is gone]

Jordan, I’m still interested in talking if you are…I’m guessing you’ve got something interesting in the worx…

UPDATE: TechCrunch provides a blow-by-blow on the Stage6 drama. As an early investor in DivX along with Frank Creer and others, I sure hope it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. There is still a lot of value in that property…

Stage6 Explodes Onto the Video Scene (HD Video: House of Flying Daggers)

HD video sharing site Stage6.com has had an impressive first few months. Alexa and Compete graphs tell the same story — explosive growth.

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HD makes everything look better, but I wonder how user-generated videos will fare as viewer expectations rise. At least I get to share one of my favorite cinematographic efforts, without YouTube destroying the image quality:

House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)

One drawback for users is that the DivX player is required (Stage6 is currently a DivX property). Given the difference in quality, I don’t think that will hinder viewer adoption. In fact, as an early investor in DivX, I love the adoption this will drive.

Jordan, if you’re taking on investors in the Stage6 entity, give me a buzz…

UPDATE, 02-26-08: From exploding to imploding…I guess my message to Jordan didn’t reach him in time…Stage6 will be sorely missed and opens a window of opportunity for others…

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