List of Syfy TV channels

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Syfy logo
Syfy’s Current Logo used since 2017
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channels13th Street
CNBC Europe
DreamWorks Channel
Movies 24
Sky News
Former namesSci-Fi Channel
Channel logo, 2010—2017

Syfy (in some countries named Sci Fi) is a family of pay television channels that broadcast programming owned or licensed by entertainment NBCUniversal around the world using the Syfy brand which is focused on science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and paranormal programming. The first such channel was launched in the United States on September 24, 1992. It was originally named "Sci-Fi Channel". In 1995 it kicked off in the United Kingdom, followed by the Netherlands and Belgium in 1996.

The name Syfy was officially adopted on July 7, 2009, and most were renamed Syfy Universal by 2010. Exceptions to this renaming scheme included Syfy Channels in USA, Germany, France, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and future Syfy Channels in Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Nordic countries, South Africa, Türkiye and now defunct and replaced SF Australia (formerly Sci Fi Channel Australia) and Syfy UK, where the channel is simply called Syfy. Sci Fi Channels in Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and future Sci Fi Channels in Greece, Malta and now defunct Sci Fi Channel in Romania, became Sci Fi Universal due to syfy having a profane meaning in Polish. In 2017 the channel got rebranded but the Universal suffix was already dropped.[1]

The list of Syfy or Sci Fi channels around the world[edit]

Channel Country or region Launch year Shutdown year
Syfy, formerly Sci-Fi Channel United States 1992
Syfy (British and Irish TV channel) United Kingdom and Ireland October 1, 1995 July 26, 2022 (Channel rebrands as Sky Sci-fi)
Syfy (Dutch TV channel) Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders) October 1, 1996 – 1998 as Sci-Fi Channel, re-launched on March 30, 2007 July 1, 2016
Syfy (German TV channel) Germany and Switzerland September 1, 2003
Syfy (French TV channel) France December 16, 2005
Syfy (Spanish TV channel) Spain and Andorra June 1, 2006
SF (Australian TV channel) (part ownership) Australia December 1, 2006[2] December 31, 2013, replaced by Syfy in 2014
Syfy (Latin American TV channel) Latin America April 1, 2007 October 1, 2023 (replaced by USA Network)
Sci Fi (Polish TV channel) Poland December 1, 2007
Syfy (Italy) (as a block on Steel) Italy January 19, 2008 January 1, 2013
Sci Fi/Sci Fi HD (Japan) Japan April 1, 2008 March 31, 2010
Sci Fi (Romanian TV channel) Romania April 18, 2008[3] December 31, 2011
Syfy (Russian TV channel) Russia May 30, 2008 February 28, 2013
Syfy (Asian TV channel) Asia July 1, 2008 July 1, 2017
Syfy (Portuguese TV channel) Portugal December 6, 2008
Sci Fi (Balkans TV channel) Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro October 1, 2009[4]
Syfy (Australian TV channel) (wholly owned) Australia January 1, 2014, replaced SF December 31, 2019 (replaced by Fox Sci-Fi)[5]
Syfy (MENA) Middle East and North Africa July 6, 2016[6] 2019

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ Andrew Liptak (March 11, 2017). "The Syfy channel is rebooting with a new focus on science fiction fandom". The Verge.
  2. ^ "Australia To Get Its Own SciFi Channel". Slice of SciFi. October 18, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  3. ^ "Două canale NBC Universal la noi: SCI FI și Universal Channel –". Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  4. ^ "Digital TV - Sci Fi Channel to launch in Balkans". September 23, 2010. Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2023.
  5. ^ Team, The IF (November 7, 2019). "Foxtel to launch murder-mystery, sci-fi channels as part of entertainment refresh". IF Magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "SyFy channel for MENA". June 9, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2023.