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Fayve to Shut Down in November

10/29/2014

Fayve to Shut Down in November

10/29/2014

Vulcan has chosen to close the Fayve video discovery app, in part due to the decision by Netflix to retire its public API. That change would have dramatically reduced Fayve's usefulness to the majority of its users.

Rather than provide an incomplete solution, Vulcan Technology decided to shutter the service. Fayve users were notified via email today that the service will shut down on November 16.

Fayve grew out of an idea by Paul Allen for a better way to sort through the masses of media content sprinkled across different platforms to quickly find something worth watching. In 2011, a team of Vulcan Technology's in-house developers set out to create a tool that would make it easier and faster for people to find movies and television shows that they’ll want to watch. 
 
Fayve launched for the iPad in November 2012 and was revamped in early 2014 to add additional platforms and allow users to create custom channels of their favorite content, and get recommendations based on the preferences of users with similar tastes. 
 
The Vulcan Technology team that developed Fayve has been shifting to support Paul Allen's philanthropic work, including the Great Elephant Census. Some of their work around wildlife tracking was showcased recently at SXSW Eco. The team will continue to explore opportunities for technology to play a bigger role in finding innovative solutions for issues such as climate change, ocean health and wildlife biodiversity.

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