Helixent pulls iFlicks (iTunes for movies), halts distribution, leaving only a cryptic message

iFlicks made it easy to store and browse all your video files. You simply dragged a movie into iFlicks, and it was automatically imported into your library. Once it was there, you could easily categorize the movie with a variety of information, such as title, episode, director, cast, genre, and much more. iFlicks supported a variety of video formats, including QuickTime (.mov), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DV. Think “iTunes for movies” and you’ve got the picture. Apple’s Mac OS X downloads site still has the screenshot here.

iFlicks is no longer available. A cryptic note on the developer’s website reads:

Helixent Technologies is sorry to report that iFlicks is no longer available, at least for the time being. Due to a situation that has arisen, we have made the decision to halt further distribution of iFlicks.

We would like to note, to the people who have already installed and/or purchased iFlicks, that we are not aware of any serious technical problems with iFlicks. If you have a copy, it will continue to function as normal. The situation that has caused us to cease distribution of iFlicks is in no way something that will cause undesirable effects to any computer in which iFlicks is installed and/or running.

At this point, we can not say for certain what the future holds for iFlicks. We were and are really excited about the capabilities it provides in allowing people to organize and play movies. Ideally, iFlicks will return in the coming months, as an even better and more useful application. However, we are still looking into our options to resolve the issue we are having, and cannot make any promises. We can make one assertion, though. If and when iFlicks returns, it will be a free upgrade to anyone who has already purchased a copy.

Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot provide further details as to why we have made the decision to halt distribution of iFlicks. As soon as we are aware of further details which we can make public, we will post the information to this page. If you are concerned or otherwise interested, just periodically check back to the iFlicks web site.

We’d like to thank everyone who has expressed their support and satisfaction with iFlicks. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and we hope that we can make it up to you in the future. Unfortunately, the situation at hand has forced us to make this very disappointing decision.

Helixent Technologies site here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hmmmm…

(Thanks to Paul from MacGadgetry.com for the heads up.)

28 Comments

  1. The app and company are 6 days old. At least they pulled the plug before anyone really lost too much. Too bad they didn’t have an IP lawyer sooner (or at least a better one). I’m betting on an MPAA suit (though I suspect that would create some noise). In the current IP frenzy of lawsuits it’s hard to fathom exactly what it could be.

  2. This is one of two things:

    1 – Infringing on Apple patents (they do have a patent on the iTunes interface, you know).

    or preferably…

    2 – Apple bought iflicks, fixed it up, and will debut tomorrow, or (most likely) in the future as QT 7.

    If #2 is true, I think that the ‘advantage’ Windows Media Player has will become totally moot – if not downright laughable.

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  3. seems to me they are getting sued. Not bought out. They either infringe on someone’s copyright, violated some movies copyright and the movie industry is going after them.

    either way, my money is they are getting sued.

  4. I’m sure Apple had something to do with this, whatever it is. (No knowledge, just a hunch)
    The question is, is Apple doing something with this or just shutting it down.

    The interface is similar but when you look at it, it’s just lines of list, search boxes, and brush steel that other programers are allowed to use. Maybe it was just too similar. I don’t know the law.

  5. According to the iFlicks User’s Guide, it has a feature called “iTVO” which you can set in conjunction with Azureus to automatically download TV shows. Apparently it has an RSS feed to a smart list of torrents which you can set to check at specific times and download automatically. My guess is that this feature, in particularly the torrent list (just who is uploading these shows hmmm?), has got them in hot water with the MPAA, which has been cracking down on BitTorrent tracking sites recently.

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