UPDATE! As of September 28 the shows are no longer listed for removal from Hulu, indicating a last-minute license extension. Keep enjoying your binge!
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If you’ve been enjoying the Stargate TV franchise on Hulu in the United States … well, this isn’t good news. You have about a week and a half left to finish your binge viewing.
For now Netflix subscribers can switch over and pick up Stargate SG-1 there. But Atlantis and SGU are not currently on any other streaming services in the U.S. (The shows are available on Bluray and DVD.)
The Stargate series tend to come and go from the big streamers every few months, as their licensing deals with MGM either expire or get renewed (sometimes at the last minute).
But in this case, there’s a good chance that Stargate won’t be coming back to Hulu. That’s because franchise owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is in the process of being purchased by one of Hulu’s competitors in the streaming market: Amazon. The retail behemoth has announced it is acquiring MGM for $8.45 billion, specifically to boost its Prime Video streaming service with MGM’s library of film and television IP.
In the long term that will hopefully result in a brand new Stargate series. But in the short term, it means that SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU are likely to return to Prime — and to become Prime exclusives.
That’s not likely to happen until the sale is complete, which is looking unlikely for 2021. Amazon and MGM have to get the sale approved by regulators before Amazon formally owns Stargate. But, in the meantime, MGM could give a short-term streaming license to Amazon. Or they could renew Hulu’s license for that matter, though that makes less sense in the final months before the Amazon sale closes.
In short: Get your Hulu binge done fast, because Stargate is leaving the service at the end of the month. It will probably be an Amazon Prime exclusive in 2022, or when the existing SG-1 deal with Netflix expires.
Meanwhile you can always keep up on where the Stargate shows and movies are streaming on GateWorld’s updated Where To Watch page.
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