Not a big deal by any means (I’ve still got my DVDs!), but out of curiosity, I’m wondering if rights acquisition for old episodes that currently aren’t streaming is still an ongoing concern.
Sure, there are the “forever” hold outs like the Godzilla movies, Rocketship XM, and the Susan Hart films, but I was a little surprised by a few missing titles (Stranded in Space? Teenage Crime Wave? 12 to the Moon?)
I suspect this type of thing is a low priority, but was just curious–is there any chance some of the less, ahem, notorious missing episodes might eventually show up on the 'plex?
Stranded in Space, Teenage Crime Wave, and 12 to the Moon are all owned by Sony. The likely reason they aren’t on streaming might be because they want to retain exclusive streaming rights to their films because it’s a lucrative market right now, or something like that. The only major studio who has licensed streaming versions of MST episodes so far is Warner Bros.
Streaming deals seem to be separate contracts than DVD deals with classic episodes, though with the newest seasons streaming and physical are written into the same contract. But that’s why certain episodes would be on DVD and not on the Gizmoplex.
This omission really disappoints me. I’ve grown to appreciate this one more and more over the years, and think it’s an interesting episode in a lot of ways. It’s actually a pretty gripping film, too. I do hope they get it back.
Hmmm … interesting. Do they play for you? They say “file not found” when I try to play them.
Here’s the spreadsheet someone put together back during the KS campaign showing what episodes are part of what package, and those two were excluded. I own the Ultimate set and it’s not a part of that for sure.
ETA: They are both playing for me now. Thanks for the heads-up!