Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) announced Monday that it has made current episodes of its science fiction television dramas Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis available for purchase and download through Apple’s iTunes Music Store.
The company is offering the first five episodes of Stargate SG1 Season 10 and Stargate Atlantis Season 3 for download. Subsequent episodes for both series will be available for purchase within 24 hours of airing on the Sci-Fi Channel cable television network.
Stargate SG1 is a spin-off of the 1994 movie Stargate. It follows the exploits of a covert military team that explores the galaxy by traveling through Stargates, portals that allow instantaneous travel between vast interstellar distances. Stargate Atlantis is a spin-off of Stargate SG1, and it follows a team of explorers who visit another galaxy and discover the fabled city of Atlantis, last stronghold of the Ancients, and must defend Earth against an attack from a vicious alien species known as the Wraith.
MGM said that this marks the first step in expanding its electronic distribution footprint; it plans to make other announcements in the near future.