UPDATE 12/1/2021: While Stargate SG-1 and Universe have now left Hulu as scheduled, Atlantis is still available on the service and its expiration date has been removed. SG-1 has also won a late reprieve on Netflix, and remains streaming as of December 1.
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After a short reprieve on Hulu last month the Stargate franchise looks to be slated to depart streaming services in the U.S. All of them.
Unless MGM’s licensing plans change, it will be a complete blackout for Stargate streaming online — the first time that none of the franchise’s 17 seasons can be streamed in the U.S. in recent memory.
Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe are once again showing as scheduled to depart Hulu in the United States at the end of October. This happened last month, but a late renewal kept the shows on the service — though only for a few additional weeks.
Hulu flags for its users whenever a show is “expiring” within the next two weeks. That’s really handy when you are close to finish up a season or a series. But it also means that, when licensing deals for Hulu’s carriage of a show is renewed at the last minute, viewers are spooked by departure notices that don’t come to pass.
The Disney majority-owned streaming service has been the last place where fans could stream all three shows from the long-running Stargate franchise, after the shows left Amazon Prime Video (most recently in February of 2021).
Viewers working their way through Stargate SG-1, though, at least had Netflix to fall back on. That series has been available on Netflix in the U.S. since last December — although 213 of the show’s 214 episodes are incorrectly flagged with a TV-MA nudity rating.
Now Netflix too is losing Stargate: SG-1 is scheduled to exit the series at the end of November, marking a 1-year license period. (The Stargate feature film, though, is back on the service.)
Comet TV, a free broadcast service that is programmed by MGM, also recently ceased its twice daily airings of Stargate.
Meanwhile Amazon is in the process of purchasing MGM, the studio that owns Stargate. That deal won’t close before 2022. We are expecting that all three TV series will return to Amazon Prime Video by that point.
Until then, new short-term licenses with Netflix or Hulu are certainly possible. And for those who don’t want to remain at the mercy of studio licensing: SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe are available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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