Skype-owned video streaming service Qik to shut in April

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 21, 2014 07:19 AM EDT

Video streaming service Qik has announced that it will cease operating on April 30. The shutdown comes just three years after the service was bought by Skype in a $150-million deal, according to WinBeta.

Part of Qik's announcement on its support page reads: "On April 30, 2014, will be retiring.  This means all Qik mobile phone apps will cease to work, there will be no more software updates provided and Qik apps will be removed from all App stores. Videos uploaded, shared and embedded using Qik will no longer be available through Qik."

The main reason for the shutdown is that Skype has finished integrating Qik's video messaging technology into itself. Therefore, there is no need for Qik anymore, TechCrunch explained.

Although Qik did not gain popularity for its service, it is known for being the pioneer in iPhone video recording. Those who have saved videos in Qik's servers will need to take them down before the end of April, the report added.

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