Streaming services aren't very popular right now, but I've long predicted that they will quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Why? Well... You have never purchased software- only the right to use it. Running a local copy of that software creates challenges in terms of hardware requirements, DRM issues, etc. Streaming solves many more issues than it creates in today's hi-fi broadband intarweb age. Ok, back to OnLive shutting down...
Rumors started today that OnLive is shutting down. They're just rumors for now, but based on everything I've read on the aforementioned intarwebs, it appears as though something is indeed happening. I really doubt it will be a straight-up bye-bye end of the line for OnLive, though. Here's why:
Sony recently acquired Gaikai- Gamestop's answer to OnLive (and they seem to be aware that their stores will shortly become obsolete *cough* Blockbuster). OnLive recently announced a partnership with OUYA- the cute little indie game console kickstarter. And Valve is quite obviously working on a console, even though they've attempted to shut down those rumors.
You want a juicy conspiracy theory?
Valve/OUYA/Onlive acquisition to combat Sony/Gaikai? Will this be the year of streaming consoles?
Or it could be that OnLive is just done. You know...
We'll see what happens! But i truly hope the best for OnLive as I <3 it very much!
UPDATE 8/17/12 2:26pm
A picture is worth a thousand words.
The actual thread as it develops is worth more: https://www.facebook.com/OnLive/posts/10151138537820091?notif_t=feed_comment