Syfy Universal

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Syfy logo
Launched24 September 1992; 26 years ago (1992-09-24) (as Sci-Fi Channel)
7 July 2009; 10 years ago (2009-07-07) (as Syfy)
Closed1 July 2016; 3 years ago (2016-07-01) (Netherlands & Flanders)
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Owned byNBCUniversal
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Formerly calledSci-Fi Channel
Sister channel(s)13th Street
CNBC Europe
DreamWorks Channel
Movies 24
Sky News
Channel logo till 2017

Syfy (in some countries named Sci Fi) is a family of pay television channels in countries around the world broadcasting science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and paranormal programming, and owned or licensed by entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The first such channel was launched in the United States on 24 September 1992. It was originally named "Sci-Fi Channel". In 1995 it kicked off in the United Kingdom, followed by the Netherlands and Scandinavia in 1996. The name Syfy was officially adopted on 7 July 2009, and most were renamed Syfy Universal by 2010. Exceptions to this renaming scheme included Syfy USA, Syfy UK, Syfy Latin America, Syfy Portugal and now defunct and replaced SF Australia, which was formerly Sci Fi Channel Australia. The Sci Fi Channels in Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, became Sci Fi Universal due to "syfy" having a profane meaning in the Polish language. In 2017 the channel got rebranded and dropped the Universal suffix.[1]

The list of Syfy or Sci Fi channels includes:

Channel Country or region Launch year Year Closed
Syfy, formerly Sci-Fi Channel United States 1992
Syfy (UK and Ireland) United Kingdom & Ireland 1995
Syfy (Germany) Germany 2003
Syfy (France), formerly Sci Fi Channel France 2005
SF (Australia) (part ownership) Australia 2006 2013, replaced by Syfy (Australia) in 2014
Syfy (Australia) (wholly owned) Australia 2014, replaced SF
Syfy (Spain) Spain & Andorra 2006
Syfy (Dutch TV channel) Netherlands & Flanders 1996-1998 as Sci-Fi Channel, re-launched in 2007 2016
Sci Fi Universal (Poland) Poland 2007
Sci Fi Universal (Romania) Romania 2007
Syfy (Latin America) Latin America 2007
Universal Channel (Japan) Japan 2008 Replaced the "Sci Fi Channel" on April 1, 2010.
Syfy Universal (Russia) Russia 2008 2013
Syfy (Asia) Asia July 1, 2008 2017
Syfy (Portugal) Portugal December 6, 2008
Universal Channel (Philippines) Philippines Replaced the "Sci Fi Channel" on July 25, 2010.
Sci Fi Universal (Serbia) Serbia October 1, 2009
Sci Fi Universal (Slovenia) Slovenia October 1, 2010
Syfy (MENA) Middle East and North Africa July 6, 2016

See also[edit]

  • CTV Sci-Fi Channel, a Canadian television channel that shows most of Sci-Fi Channel/Syfy's programming


  1. ^ Andrew Liptak (11 March 2017). "The Syfy channel is rebooting with a new focus on science fiction fandom". The Verge.