Stage6 to shut down

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 25, 2008
Updated • Dec 15, 2012
Music and Video

Stage6 is shutting down. That's the announcement on the main page of the video portal that was posted today. Let me fill you in if you are amongst the many that have never heard of that video portal before. Stage6 is directly connected to the developers of the Divx codec, a high definition video portal.

The videos on Stage6 have a far better quality than everything that you can find at Youtube for instance. It became apparently that popular that the company did not have the resources to continue the portal on their own. Unfortunately they did not succeed in finding a buyer for the portal which left them only with the option to shut it down completely.

The major problem for the users was that they had to install a plugin so that they could play the videos at Stage6. Not a huge problem but it could have turned many away from the service.

I'm really wondering why a company like Microsoft would not take advantage of such a great video portal and make a bid for it. It's a sad thing to see this portal being shut down. My advice, head over there now and watch / download all the nice stuff that you can find there. Lots of nice documentaries, music videos in high quality and the like.

It's really worth it. The portal will shut down on February 29th 2008.

Update: The portal has shut down now. when you visit the web page now, you see an announcement on the page that it has been shut down.

We created Stage6â„¢ to empower content creators and viewers like you to discover a new kind of video experience. However, the continued operation of was prohibitively expensive, and ultimately we had to shut it down.

We appreciate the millions of global users who supported us and made Stage6 such a successful online video destination. Thanks for a wild ride.


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  1. max said on May 6, 2008 at 11:36 am

    “Ever since Stage6 went down two months ago, people have been scouring the internet for a new place to post and view high-quality videos. And with the void that ensued, a few have certainly popped up. Still, it’s not easy to make a new website in two months. There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. But a new site called StageVU promises to do what StageVU has done before, albeit slightly less ambitiously. While it improves on things such as Stage6’s search and user-friendliness with extensive use of AJAX, its videos are re-encoded. No 1080p videos for now… Nevertheless, StageVU faces intense competition from a smorgasbord of other Stage6 clones in the upcoming weeks. The main factor, though, which makes it stand out is also its weakness: it re-encodes all videos, allowing less tech-savvy users to upload. We’ll see in the coming weeks how this turns out.”

  2. Mosey said on April 25, 2008 at 3:37 am

    Fantastic news! :D Thanks lots tullius!

  3. tullius said on April 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    return of stage6

  4. thunder7 said on February 28, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Love Stage 6 some one on there re created Star Trek by one’s self. And did an excellent job at it too.

    And many other such video’s as well.

  5. said on February 27, 2008 at 9:45 am



  6. Save said on February 27, 2008 at 12:51 am

    all I can say is that this sucks. I love the great quality

    Youtube is shit compared to stage6!!!

  7. Rico said on February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Sorry to hear that news. Other sites rely on Stage6 such as and they are now scrambling to replace videos with those from google and veoh.

  8. Mosey said on February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I think it’s a great pity that Stage6 is shutting down. I did enjoy watching a few things on Stage6, primarily because of the quality, and because by default, it shrouds the rest of the screen in darkness, which allows you to focus on the video itself.

  9. Anonymous said on February 25, 2008 at 11:39 pm


    That was one of my favorite sites.. ;_;

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