SF Channel (Australia)
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|Launched||1 December 2006
23 July 2012
(relaunch; as SF)
|Owned by||TV1 General Entertainment Partnership:
Sony Pictures Television
CBS Studios International
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Audience share||0.3% (September 2009, )|
|Slogan||We are sci fi.|
|Formerly called||Sci Fi Channel (1 December 2006 - 23 July 2012)|
|Replaced by||Syfy Australia|
|Optus TV||Channel 125|
|Foxtel Play||Channel 125 (Not available on PC or Mac)|
In 2012 the channel rebranded as SF.
SF currently airs re-runs such as: Doctor Who - The Tom Baker years, Star Trek, Medium, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Charmed. It has also had the first Australian run of shows such as Defiance, Lost Girl, Continuum, Eureka, Alphas, and Ghost Hunters International.
Sci Fi went live at 6am on 1 December 2006. SF originally used the same branding and packaging as the United States Sci Fi channel of the same name but has its own schedule and programming. It airs popular shows such as Doctor Who The X-Files, Buffy, Charmed, the original and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, Medium, and the Star Trek and Stargate franchises.
On 18 July 2012, it was announced that as of 23 July 2012 Sci Fi would be rebranded as SF, using a world exclusive branding 
On 16 August 2013, it was announced that SF's carriage agreement with Foxtel was set to expire in December 2013, and that negotiations had failed to create a new carriage deal. With Foxtel being the sole subscription TV provider in Australia, this meant that it was expected that SF, and its sister channel TV1, would close. Foxtel announced that a science-fiction dedicated channel would replace SF and would continue to offer the main content currently on offer. SF later announced they were exploring options in which they could continue operations, such as launching their service on IPTV, Crackle, or Apple TV services - resulting in the companies future yet to be determined. On 30 September 2013, it was announced that Syfy (Australia) (a NBCUniversal wholly owned and operated channel) would replace SF on Foxtel, with SF to discontinue on 31 December 2013 and Syfy to launch in early 2014.
The official launch party of the Sci Fi Channel was held on 16 November 2006 at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Guests included Jacqueline McKenzie (from The 4400), Gigi Edgley and Matthew Newton (from Farscape).
In addition to subscription television, SF Channel Australia also operates the SF Australia website, where viewers can access television guides as well as video extras, full episodes, and the SF News blog. In 2013 they began producing their own web only pop culture news series Go Pop.
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