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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