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See Sci Fi Channel for a list of other Sci Fi channels.
Sci Fi
SciFi logo
Launched 5 January 1995
Owned by NBC Universal
Picture format 576i (SDTV 4:3),
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.2% and (0.1% for +1)
(February 2009, [1])
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland
Timeshift service Sci Fi +1
Top Up TV Via Top Up TV Anytime
Sky Digital Channel 129
Channel 205 (+1)
Channel 214 (HD)
Virgin Media Channel 135
UPC Ireland Channel 130
TalkTalk TV Channel 22

SCI FI Channel (also SCI FI UK, or simply SCI FI) is a television channel service specialising in science fiction, fantasy and horror shows and movies. It is available via digital cable, IPTV, satellite television and Top Up TV platforms. The channel launched in 1995 in the UK a sister channel to the US Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy), with a similar programming line-up. Sci Fi currently operates as a channel service of NBC Universal Global Networks, a division of NBC Universal.



Programming in the channel's early years followed the US channel's model, then consisting largely of archive shows such as Lost in Space, The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and films from the Paramount and MCA vaults. The channel was also notable for being one of the first UK television channels to show anime movies and television series on a regular basis. These programming choices were supplemented by a few 1980s animated series shown in the mornings such as Robotech, Bionic Six and G-Force, although they were dropped as the channel's line-up became more independent of the US channel.

Currently, most archive and anime programming have been phased out of the channel, which now concentrates on contemporary show, movies, and other programming. One SCI FI UK original production was the late-night show Headf**k (asterisks theirs), which featured excerpts from unusual TV shows, short films (including Chris Barfoot's 'Phoenix' and 'The Reckoning') and music videos from around the world. Later episodes were presented by David Icke.

Programmes on the channel throughout more recent times have included UK premieres of big-name US shows like Heroes, Flash Gordon, Eureka, and more recently Knight Rider, Legend of the Seeker and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Also shown as of February 2007 are digitally remastered episodes of Star Trek (not to be confused with the remastered series with new CGI).

As of April 2008 the channel reaches an average of three million UK and Ireland households a week, and appeals to male and female demographics equally.

Initially, SCI FI UK shared its transponder with no less than five other satellite television channels at one point, limiting its out-put to early evenings and late nights, with the rest of its continuous daytime programming (including cartoons) restricted to cable.

Sci-Fi HD

A high-definition simulcast channel has been launched on the Sky+ HD service as the 31st HD channel on Sky Digital. A range of high definition movies including Sci Fi original production Ba'al: The Storm God, will air on the channel along with Eli Stone, Tin Man and Sanctuary.

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