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Sci Fi Channel Australia
SciFi channel.svg
Launched December 1, 2006
Owned by TV1 General Entertainment Partnership:
Sony Pictures Television,
NBC Universal,
CBS Paramount
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 0.3%
(September 2009, )
Country Australia
Sister channel(s) TV1
Austar Channel 125
HiTRON Channel 106
Foxtel Digital Channel 125
Austar Digital Channel 125
Optus TV Channel 125

Sci Fi Channel is an Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television's subscription platforms.



Sci Fi currently airs re-runs such as: Medium, Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Charmed. It has also had the first Australian run of shows such as Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Eureka, Demons, Stargate Universe, and Ghost Hunters International.


When Sci Fi went live at 6am on 1 December 2006, a software glitch related to the launch caused the entire Foxtel service to go offline for up to six hours nationwide.[1] Sci Fi uses the same branding and packaging as the US channel of the same name but has its own schedule and programming. It airs popular shows such as The X-Files, Buffy, Charmed, the original and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, Medium, and the Star Trek and Stargate franchises.

Sci Fi switched broadcasting from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio on 1 December 2008.[2] Sci Fi +2 went to air on the 15 November 2009.

Press coverage

On 22 November 2006, the Adelaide Advertiser reported about the demand for a science-fiction–themed TV channel in Australia[3].

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, Sci Fi Channel Australia also operates the Sci Fi Australia website[4], where viewers can access television guides as well as video extras, full episodes, and the Sci Fi Pi blog.

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