Syfy (TV channel)

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Syfy Universal is a family of pay television networks 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 September 24, 1992. It was originally named "Sci-Fi Channel", but 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 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.

The list of Syfy or Sci Fi Universal 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 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

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