UPDATE (10/19/21): The yo-yo continues, as all three Stargate series are once again listed for removal from Hulu at the end of October 2021. The original story from September follows.
Hulu has been displaying a warning that the shows would be leaving the service at the end of September. This is a fairly common occurrence for streamers, where rights to a given show come and go from month to month. The September 30 expiration indicated that Hulu’s licensing agreement with MGM was drawing to its end and had not been extended — panicking some viewers who are mid-watch.
Well, as of September 28 the license appears to have gotten a last-minute extension. SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU are no longer listed for removal.
While that’s great news for those who are currently watching (or rewatching) the series, it’s worth noting that it is very likely temporary. As we noted in our previous report, Amazon’s acquisition of Stargate owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will likely mean that the franchise is destined to become a Prime Video exclusive. Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion chiefly to make use of its catalog of film and television to bolster Amazon’s own streaming service, and to create new content based on MGM-owned IP.
The Amazon deal is not expected to close until sometime early next year, however. While MGM could let its current streaming licenses lapse in the meantime, it would only be losing money in the short term by doing so.
We fully expect that eventually the Stargate TV series will become an Amazon Prime Video exclusive. This could happen as early as next year, although after the studio’s sale is complete any existing licensing deals would still need time to play out.
Hulu has been the only place in the United States where viewers could stream Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, since the shows left Amazon Prime last spring. Stargate SG-1 also remains available on Netflix.
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