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Vreel is live !

I was not really sure if we would ever see Vreel, the semi-official successor of Stage 6, go live but apparently the developers did it finally. Vreel's doors have opened and anyone can join the Open Beta. Vreel, like Stage 6, is based on Divx technology which means that the latest Divx Web Player has to be installed to play the high definition videos of the video portal.

Speed is excellent currently but it remains to be seen how a massive rush of new users will affect the website. Many blogs will soon start to publish articles about the Open Beta of Vreel. Videos are definitely playing in a nice quality, much better than that of Youtube or similar video portals. Vreel offers the usual rating and comments system but it is quite obvious that not all functions are yet available.

A click on the community link for instance is just stating that this will come soon. What you can do right now is view, upload, comment and rate videos which is probably what most users that visit video sites do anyway.

Seems that the first outage hit the service right in the middle of my article. I cannot connect to it anymore and the pages give a page load error currently. Maybe just a server restart, it is a beta after all. Cannot do a screenshot of the interface right now obviously.

Update: Vreel has been closed down as of January 2010. The website displays a message that explains the background behind the decision.

As of January 24th 2010, We have decided to take the decision to close VReel as a user-generated HD DivX Video portal. VReel was created as a replacement for DivX's popular Stage6 platform - but due to it's immense popularity, became impossible to financially sustain in a time of increasing development costs, and plummeting advertisement and revenue sources. Following a mass hardware failure at our main server farm, we have decided not to relaunch VReel in it's current environment.





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    Comments

    1. mal said on June 20, 2008 at 1:13 am
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      Oh lets see how long they can stay up ;)
      Oh and the site looks ugly (but thats just the beta part of it i hope)

    2. mal said on June 20, 2008 at 1:24 am
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      and its down XD
      It stayed up just long enough to show that there is still much work to do for them.
      And they say there working on it. http://vreel.net/board/showthread.php?t=440

    3. mal said on June 20, 2008 at 1:49 am
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      we may be looking at a hardware issue.

      And Good Bye!

    4. coqofthenorth said on June 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm
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      I’ve been fascinated with the development of Vreel. Initially, I couldn’t decide between it being an elaborate hoax or that the people behind it were out of their depth. I’m now persuaded that this is a genuine attempt to develop a high quality online video streaming site but that the brains behind it are really out on a limb here. Anyhow, there’s really a great story behind Vreel and it’s not finished yet….
      Here’s my take

    5. r0bertw said on June 21, 2008 at 12:25 am
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      vreel is alive more than ever! our hope is that vreel would be greater than stage6 ever was (comparing in quality terms)

    6. mal said on June 22, 2008 at 12:48 am
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      Now that its up:
      I have to say I am impressed.
      They got great speed (at the moment) ,good quality and even got their share of probably illegal content.
      I hope it stays that way. :D

    7. InSideJob911 said on August 31, 2008 at 8:23 pm
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      Vreel/Zango is in the busisness of spreading malware/trojans.

      After Vreel infected my PC with a trojan,
      I removed all my videos and posted them on StageHD.
      There are many Stage6 replacements that are reputable companies.
      My advice is stay clear of companies like Vreel/Zango

    8. Adam said on November 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm
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      Vreel is back up and running, its in the beta phases and will come out to the public hopefully by the end of the year, there is no more zango just the normal ads you get on other sites, i cant wait for all you stupid non believers to be proved wrong :)

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