In a move that should come as a surprise to no one, Maker Studios sent email notices to Blip users on Monday informing them that the web series platform will be shutting down for good on Aug. 15.
It further advised users to move all their files off of Blip as soon as possible, lest they be lost forever when the site goes dark next month.
Back in February, Maker sent an email notice to users warning that Blip might not be long for this world: “We noticed that you’re still uploading a considerable amount of content to Blip.TV,” read the note from Jeff O’Connell, SVP of technology at Maker Studios. “Blip is now part of Maker Studios, which is now part of Disney, and we’re unsure how long Blip will accept new content. We suggest that you find an alternative hosting platform as expediently as possible.”
Founded in 2005, Blip was billed as best–in-class video hosting,distribution and monetization platform for independent producers of quality video content.” It went on to partner with big YouTube names such as Channel Awesome, My Damn Channel and Rooster Teeth. In 2013, it was acquired by Maker, which was reportedly eager to get its hands on Blip’s video player technology and its talent roster. In March 2014, Maker was purchased by Disney.
The email said users owed advertising revenue will receive final payment in September.