In a somewhat bizarre twist to the Stargate-intro story, Sci-Fi Channel announced that the full-length intro sequence would indeed return to broadcasts in the second half of SG-1’s ninth season, and the second half of Atlantis’s second.
The intros of both shows were cut to a mere 10-seconds at in July to allow for more advertising space. Canada had been airing the show with the full credits anyway, but now it seems these will also be shown in the US.
Why the change? Who knows, it doesn’t seem to make an awful lot of sense really. Perhaps Sci-Fi couldn’t get enough advertisements to fill the slots, but that doesn’t really seem feasible if the demand was so great that they cut the sequence to ten seconds in the first place.