MGM announced its upcoming streaming service called Stargate Command which will air their new show Stargate: Origins, July 20, 2017 at the San Diego Comic-Con. The streaming service is set to be the most comprehensive collection of the Stargate franchise available with both paid and free elements. There will be community hubs and elements also available.
“Stargate Command will open a new door for the community to celebrate and interact with all content in a way that has never been done before,” said Chris Ottinger, president of MGM Television. (Stargate fans click here.)
Looking at different platforms for distribution of created content like Netflix, Amazon, or traditional Movie studios and TV networks, the question then becomes should this be the way studios handle large tentpole franchises? Is there an avenue here for the Indie filmmaker? I see full blown universes like Marvel, Star Wars, and DC being profitable with stand alone streaming services. They have large followings and large libraries of content. The only reason a studio wouldn’t do that is to leverage their tent poles to sell less desirable content by bundling them together. If you want to buy Wonder Woman as a Cox, ATT or other streaming service, you have to also buy “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”
The Indie Filmmaker may not be able to get enough traction or create a large enough library, but the door is open, you just need to get server space, an app developer, and really cool content.