UPDATE 1/4/23: Stargate SG-1 is now back on Prime Video as of January 4, though with the syndication cut of the episodes. Read more here.
UPDATE 1/1/2023: Stargate SG-1 has left the Prime Video streaming service … however, Atlantis and Stargate Universe are still available. We will continue to monitor the shows’ availability (here is GateWorld’s “Where to Watch” page). The original report follows.
The Stargate franchise has been enjoying something of a resurgence in recent years, with a brand new audience discovering the shows and movies for the very first time. But MGM sure isn’t making it easy to find the shows, which seem to hop from streamer to streamer every few months.
After Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe finally made their triumphant return to Prime Video in the United States just two months ago, this weekend the service surprised fans by listing the series for removal from the streaming service. All three shows are currently listed as leaving Prime as of on December 30, 2022.
That’s especially surprising given the fact that Amazon itself recently purchased MGM, including Stargate, for $8.45 billion. Since the deal closed back in March, the hope has been that the entire Stargate franchise — TV and movies — will be consolidated on Prime Video and made available worldwide.
SG-1 recently departed Netflix in the U.S. after that license expired. Atlantis, meanwhile, remains viewable over on Hulu. All three shows are also on demand on Pluto TV, though here they come with commercials. (That’s why Pluto TV is free.) And, again, it’s only in the U.S.
Other countries and territories have their own broadcast and streaming deals in place, so check your local listings.
So what’s up with Prime Video? It could be that Stargate’s early expiration date is a simple error — or, that Amazon will have MGM extend its self-license before the month is up. It wouldn’t be the first time that Stargate was listed to expire but then stuck around anyway, thanks to a last-minute renewal.
There’s also one other possibility that could explain the franchise’s short, 3-month stay on Prime Video: Amazon might be planning to put Stargate on another of its SVOD platforms — Epix, MGM’s own premium cable and streaming service. Epix will be rebranded as “MGM+” starting on January 15, so the timing might make sense here, bolstering its on-demand offerings with content from MGM’s library to help support the rebranding effort.
However it shakes out, we’ll keep tabs on where you can stream Stargate online and update GateWorld’s “Where to Watch” page!