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Pluto TV is making one of the biggest sci-fi shows ever free to watch

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Pluto TV is headed through the Gate. Starting Friday (April 1), a Stargate channel is debuting on Pluto TV, with both the Stargate films and three of its TV shows — all streaming for free with ads. Unfortunately, not all of those series are arriving in totality, as seasons are missing.

That said, the Pluto TV Stargate channel will soon let audiences binge-watch all the Stargate they want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That will begin with the 1994 film (Stargate), and also include the 2008 films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum. 

In terms of TV shows, things are more fragmented. Pluto will get only half of Stargate SG-1, with the first half of the series, seasons 1 through 5 (the Showtime seasons. Seasons 6 through 10 — the Sci-Fi channel seasons, are not coming over. Only the first two seasons of Stargate Atlantis will be on Pluto, leaving the last three seasons behind. Both seasons of Stargate Universe are coming over.

The Stargate Infinity animated series and Stargate Origins web series are not mentioned.

The Stargate cast

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Analysis: Pluto is attracting fandoms

Right now, many people can hop on Pluto and feed their love of specific shows with Pluto. The Stargate channel follows, a Baywatch channel, and other linear ad-supported streams of Degrassi, Beverly Hills 90210 and Star Trek.

While I don't personally belong to any of these fandoms, I understand exactly what Pluto is doing. I subscribed to Paramount Plus because that's the place to stream the Jackass movies and shows and all of the Scream movies. This is all similar to what Disney Plus does for people who want to watch the Marvel movies in order and stream the Star Wars movies too. By offering a ton of Stargate, Pluto can open itself up to a whole new section of the audience that may not have checked it out before. 

Those Stargate obsessives may soon find themselves turning to Pluto as a default (a friend does the same with Degrassi), as Pluto's free and linear ad-supported channels feel very familiar. It's very much like a network or cable TV channel where they've already chosen what airs when — it's just that this channel is all Stargate all the time.

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Henry T. Casey
Senior Editor

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

  • MeGunner
    i am on the Web page.(pluto ) . its 12:40am now, and its still not showing up (since 12:01 I have tried) , I guess, this is an April fouls joke? ( since its April 1st ),,, sucks I stayed up since 3 am this morning .. because I was all so excited to see this ! ! ! ( I figure they did this To gage current Audience interest .. but if this is a joke they got me that's for sure! ) ,, I really hope thats not a aplil 1st thing .. seems like a bad pr thing idk ,, it might be because of my time zone, ( Pittsburg) ,, I see Pluto is based in L.A., so..... it might not be time yet maybe at 3-4 am it will start .., ,,,But damm . why did they pick april 1st to do this event? lol , if it wasn't april 1st I would know, this was not a joke. but now, I'm not sure..



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    I cant watch Stargate andto see what Brad Wright has for us with the Amanzon Series, hopeful its a scify that they don't trash like , haloTv022 , Docotr, who , starwars, Star Trek , etc. to many ips have been passed Buy a Granny through and Dropped ,,, They have dropped thesehuge ip's and its sad there are so many dedicated fans who Want good content deserve good content, and they just woirred about checking boxes instead of making good story . but I would go on about how I am made about tall my beloved ips being Dragged down hill, I have hope for Stargate , we had orvill maybe its posabl stargate amazon can Hit a home run , czu we need one about now in the Sci-fi Space!
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