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Heightmeyer's Lemming
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[quote]The silver lining here is that more Stargate fans around the world will now have access to Stargate Command’s original features. MGM confirmed to GateWorld that the video content on YouTube “will be available to a wider global footprint” — though they stopped short of promising that there will be no regional geo-blocking whatsoever on any of the content.[/quote]

Great! I know YT has a regional geoblock feature… Way to get those hopes up.
I’ll check it out then, but if they continue to geoblock, they should be kicked through an open wormhole, straight into that black hole out there somewhere.

Leon
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Leon

So if the creation of Stargate Command was a positive for the future of the franchise, this is…….

Nekomajin
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What is this bulls–t about the geoblocking? I don’t understand why they even started it for newly created material. What was the point? And now they justify shutting down the site by terminating the blocking?

This whole SGC project was a long Monty Python sketch.

Heightmeyer's Lemming
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Command was always geoblocked. YouTube might be different, but well… that would defeat the purpose of shutting down command, I guess.

Marc Barrett
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Marc Barrett

This SUCKS. I might have to find a downloader and start downloading the episodes from StargateCommand.co before the service shuts off. I have Hulu, but it has commercials. I can’t afford 3 million commercial-free streaming channels.

I just renewed my StargateCommand.co subscription about 2 months ago. The refund would be nice, but I’d rather still be able to get the episodes commercial-free on-demand.

Heightmeyer's Lemming
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You do know all the episodes are available on DVD right? Plus the episodes on Command are the cut-up-missing-entire-scenes versions even. Also, many have tried before and failed to download anything from command (trust me, I tried with the free stuff obviously as I wasn’t elligible for all-access).

Madison
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Madison

I’d rather pay the 20 dollar yearly membership fee for command than to payout over 100 dollars for everything.

Heightmeyer's Lemming
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You should have bought them ages ago… =P …they do come in complete boxes, except no idea how much they go for these days. I paid 30 euro or something for season 1 and 2 of SGU in one box.

Frederick Rodriguez
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Frederick Rodriguez

Amazon Prime has all the seasons and episodes. Watch a few episodes a few times a week. Very good video and audio in 5.1

Dave
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What does this mean for the prospect of a Stargate Origins DVD?

Jeremfg
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SGU season 2 is still the one I’ve never bought the boxset.
I don’t care for the DVD, I rather boycott and pirate season 2 for having treated the fans and consumers so poorly.

Heightmeyer's Lemming
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This is probably the only thing I want right now, Stargate Origins on DVD with a boatload of extras and behind-the-scenes and audiocommentaries. That’s the only twitter storm I’d be willing to do right now, but considering how few people (in general) actually liked Origins, I’m probably not gonna find many takers for this.

Nekomajin
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So, thinking with a clear head, I can see two possibilities. First, there were too few active subscribers to support the service, so they had to act before the whole thing falls apart and they loose more money. Giving a full refund and close the shop (almost) immediately means less loss than waiting for those subscriptions to run out. Second, there were enough subscribers to make it profitable (or at least break even), but something happened in the background, so they had to act quickly. It can either mean good or bad. We will see. Anyway, the whole thing just… Read more »

Nyssabraveheart
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Nyssabraveheart

Your comment on this is probably the most hopeful and clear headed of comments I have read. I hope you are right. Either way, thanks for giving me another way to look at this.

Nekomajin
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Just an interesting addition: The announcement on the site was published days before the Facebook post and the email notifications, yet the outburst on Reddit came after the email. It tells me, that no one reads the site, at least not the front page.

Nekomajin
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There are two different dates in the article and on the front page. It is strange.

TheUnending
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While I’m excited that MGM is abandoning the “pay to play” website, one that they’ve been desperately advertising, I’m also worried. I’m worried because its a step backwards and basically an admission of defeat. In no way does this tell me that MGM is moving towards more content or future shows, especially with discounted merchandise, infact it shows me the opposite. I think Stargate is officially dead. It felt dead in 2011 when SGU was cancelled, but now it feels like the rebirth attempt has failed. I have my opinion on why, and I’ve been vocal about what *should* have… Read more »

MacLean Fitzgerald
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MacLean Fitzgerald

In the peak TV era where IP is the most valuable commodity, it’s amazing how MGM has squandered this IP. In fact, I would argue it should go down in history as one of the major FUBUR in the peak TV era. They should have multiple series, animated content, movies all going at this point. Instead they have nothing. SELL this IP to Amazon or someone. Please.

TheUnending
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Agreed. Selling to Amazon/Netflix/Hulu would be a gamble, but could provide us with future hope for Stargate

Thierry Mercure
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Thierry Mercure

This was bound to happen, as I said it many times. Nothing surprising here as this was more of a stunt to make some money grab out of the die hard fans of the franchise. The streaming platform as a whole was very bad so all for the best. I hope their content goes back on Netflix at some point in the future.

JoshuaJSlone
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As a subscriber since the beginning, I’m not disappointed about this. I joined because it was a cheap way to show support for new Stargate content and because of other bonuses they tossed in like shirts, but didn’t actually do much streaming from there. If the content is still going to be available on more ubiquitous platforms, cheers.

Zenophite
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While this may seem to be dire tidings it doesn’t necessarily need to be so. It could just be that a streaming channel dedicated solely to Stargate was not really a viable business model – especially with increased competition form CBS Star Trek shows and Disney+ . They would have to invest heavily in new content in addition to the overhead of maintaining a streaming platform. With any luck maybe they can just focus on the content and sell it to anyone except the scifi channel.

nonpcnpc
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nonpcnpc

When it comes to StarGate, for some weird reason they(MGM) always made the worst choices when it comes to anything outside of the shows – the most notable has to be the mmorpg that failed so misserably it should be taught in marketing schools. I just cannot fathom how they run one of the most profitable and wide spread IPs in the entire world like it is some third world country one man show webisode project….

ViRGE
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While unfortunate, at least for me I don’t find this terribly surprising. Stargate Command really only made sense as long as MGM was going to continue producing exclusive new scripted content for it. MGM tried with Origins, missed the mark, and apparently doesn’t feel comfortable trying again. So all that’s left is a $20/year legacy service, which despite its cheap cost, is a tough sell in today’s market. There are numerous other studios already launching their own services with much larger content catalogs, and importantly, lots of new content to go with it. Meanwhile, ignoring for the moment that everything… Read more »