So have only a few thousands fans registered? It is so sad... And still 90% of the world is locked out. I really don't understand theirs marketing strategies if they have got any at all. :/
I see at least two other big problems:
- limited access, why only such a select country limitation? It's their own streaming service, could have made more of an effort to make it more globally available. I hope a future feature release will at least partially solve this problem. Live streaming doesn't necessarily constitutes a problem per se. As has been suggested if they make the streaming services more accessible or make a deal with a third party streaming service like Netflix with a more global distribution.
- continuity issues and target audience, or at least TPTB taking another direction with the story than genrally expected, because of course all these issues can be resolved with a deus ex machina ending. So, the story could have been more standalone and more easily accessible/believable to long-term stargate fans, who have closely followed Stargate before, because let's be honest, you can try to attract a new audience, but the largest group of subscribers you will attract will probably have seen and loved some form of stargate in the past.
I don't believe that an internet petition is going to change anything. I also don't believe that we need to be supportive of this initiative of MGM with SGO and their streaming service in its current form, see arguments above.
Almost every about this I dont like.
1) 10 Ten minute episodes? Who wants to watch for ten minutes at a time?
2) Sorry, but the budget (low) really comes across. Why bother.
3) I was really hoping for something good. Something that would put Stargate back on the map. Maybe even spawn new interest in continuing the older series(s). Honestly, my fear is this sets the franchise back even further. I found it nearly unwatchable, and I am a dedicated Stargate fan.
Cube springs to mind). And you can still make absolute crap with all the money in the world *cough* George Lucas *cough*
This could have been so so much better. But it's not because of the low budget. It's just that the low budget can't hide the poor writing behind pretty special effects and explosions.
I can't comment to Origins quality either, as I'm one of the fans who is in the non-desired group and therefore unable to watch it legally (and if I can't watch it legally, it doesn't exist as far as I'm concerned).
On that notion: is that a spoiler image from Origins in your signature? Or an image from Daniel's notes in SG-1?
I bought the AAP for SGO, enjoyed the interaction between fans on the platform, participated in the Tweet Storms. I did my duty as far as I'm concerned, not for love of SG:O but for my love of SG in general. Now that being said, I 100% agree this web-series was really low quality, yet I still found myself enjoying it.
I've received a MonkeySurvey recently from the SGO folks (I was one of the top 100 most active forum user on SGC) and the questions in it... are mostly pointless.
Questions such as : Have you watched every series on our platform?
I mean really? If I did watch something on your platform shouldn't you have logs telling you so?
From a business point of view, or marketing if you like, I really can't see what these answers brings them. I expected questions asking my opinion about what should they improve, etc. Nope none of that. Seems like a part-time student was tasked to create a poll that ultimately in my opinion, serves no purpose.
I strongly believe this whole SG:O thing was a publicity stunt more than anything else, and that it was never intended to actually make a solid prequel for the SG Universe. As most people said, they are testing the waters.