Off again, on again.
After a five day absence Amazon has restored Stargate SG-1 to its Prime Video streaming service in the United States.
The streamer announced in December that all three series in the franchise would be departing Prime Video on December 30. Confused fans then found that spin-offs Atlantis and SGU had returned on January 1.
The episodes may still be difficult to find, however. Like the surprise return of Stargate Atlantis and SGU a few days ago, Amazon has added to the confusion with multiple public listings for Stargate SG-1 — one that lists the episodes as not available for streaming, and one that is included with Prime.
Use this link to find the copy that it currently available in the U.S.
While this is of course good news for those who have been enjoying Stargate SG-1 on Prime, unfortunately Amazon has not simply restored the version of the show that was removed on December 30. Previously episodes were available to stream in widescreen, with a higher picture quality. As of today SG-1 is instead available in its syndication edit (for Seasons One through Seven). This includes:
- A 4:3 aspect ratio, which originally aired on U.S. television and in syndication
- Standard definition picture quality
- Hard act breaks (where the screen goes to black at the end of each act)
- Episodes are edited for content (including the nudity in the pilot episode, as well as other nips and tucks to make some episodes run slightly shorter)
- UPDATE: Three episodes are missing (as of January 4): Season Five’s “Threshold” and “The Tomb,”
and the eighth season premiere “New Order, Part 1.”(UPDATE: “New Order, Part 1” has been restored.)
Gone is the “Final Cut” edition of “Children of the Gods,” which previously streamed exclusively at Amazon. (The extended version of Season Eight’s “Threads” remains exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray home media.)
Atlantis is also still streaming on Hulu, though there it’s the inferior syndication version. All three shows are also available on Pluto TV in the U.S., where they include ads.
The change might indicate that SG-1‘s departure from the platform was an oversight as Amazon struggles to sort through its new acquisition of MGM’s massive film and television library, rather than part of some larger plan to consolidate the Stargate franchise elsewhere (such as MGM+, which is also owned by Amazon and is relaunching later this month).
Fans who are understandably struggling to keep up with where the Stargate franchise might be streaming on any given day can consult GateWorld’s “Where To Watch” page, which we keep updated any time a change is made.
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