Syfy (Australia)

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For other international Syfy branded channels, see Syfy Universal.
Launched 1 January 2014
Owned by Universal Networks International
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Slogan Imagine Greater
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
Replaced SF
Sister channel(s) 13th Street
CNBC Australia
Style Network
Universal Channel
Timeshift service Syfy + 2
Foxtel Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 163 (+ 2)
Channel 1123 (SD)
Foxtel Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 163 (+ 2)
Channel 1123 (SD)
Foxtel Play Channel 123
Fetch TV Channel 109
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 123

Syfy is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies. The channel launched on 1 January 2014, replacing the closing channel SF.[1][2]


In August 2013, it was announced that Foxtel had failed to complete negotiations with the TV1 General Entertainment Partnership (of which NBCUniversal was a part member) for a new carriage deal for their channel SF (an Australian science fiction channel), and would ultimately replace it with another science fiction dedicated channel once SF's carriage deal had expired.[3] It was announced in September that Syfy, wholly owned by NBCUniversal, would replace SF in early 2014.[1]

Syfy is part of the international brand Syfy Universal and is wholly owned and operated by Universal Networks International (a division of NBCUniversal). In contrast, SF was an Australian exclusive brand with only 33.33% owned by NBCUniversal (with the remaining shares equally being held by CBS Studios International and Sony Pictures Television).[3][1]

On 15 April 2014, Syfy launched on Australian IPTV provider Fetch TV.[4]


Programming features classic and new science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies.[5][6]

First-Run Programming[edit]

Original Programming[edit]

Acquired Programming[edit]

Second-Run Programming[edit]



Syfy has come under criticism from Foxtel subscribers for a number of programming related issues, specifically regarding the high number of repeats and the low quality of the Syfy programming. Significantly, Syfy Australia does not hold the rights to any of the Star Trek franchise, while its predecessor did.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Knox, David (30 September 2013). "Syfy to launch on Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Summer Channel Changes". Foxtel. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Mediaweek Australia – News – TV1 to disappear from Foxtel platform". Media Week. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (15 April 2014). "Syfy joins FetchTV". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (26 November 2013). "Syfy reveals more titles for 2014". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Foxtel's TVH!TS is the new channel destination for TV's greatest hits from Wednesday, January 1". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (25 February 2015). "Airdate: 12 Monkeys". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Knox, David (8 April 2015). "Dark Matter coming to Syfy in June". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Knox, David (1 June 2015). "Defiant Grant Bowler centrestage for Syfy". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Higgins, D (March 30, 2015). "APRIL on FOXTEL: Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Wentworth, Deadline Gallipoli and 200+ other new shows". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ Knox, David (29 March 2015). "Airdate: Z Nation". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Knox, David (15 January 2015). "Syfy to mark 10th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Stargate SG1 - Foxtel Community". Foxtel. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "WhaT happened to all the Star Trek series - Foxtel Community". Foxtel. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sharkando week - has Syfy just given up altogether... - Foxtel Community". Foxtel. Retrieved 31 July 2014.