Syfy (Australia)

Syfy (Australia)

Launched 1 January 2014
Owned by Universal Networks International
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Slogan Imagine Greater
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
Replaced SF
Sister channel(s) 13th Street
CNBC Australia
Style Network
Universal Channel
Timeshift service Syfy + 2
Foxtel Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 163 (+ 2)
Channel 1123 (SD)
Foxtel Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 163 (+ 2)
Channel 1123 (SD)
Foxtel Play Channel 123
Fetch TV Channel 109
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 123

Syfy is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies. The channel launched on 1 January 2014, replacing the closing channel SF.[1][2]


In August 2013, it was announced that Foxtel had failed to complete negotiations with the TV1 General Entertainment Partnership (of which NBCUniversal was a part member) for a new carriage deal for their channel SF (an Australian science fiction channel), and would ultimately replace it with another science fiction dedicated channel once SF's carriage deal had expired.[3] It was announced in September that Syfy, wholly owned by NBCUniversal, would replace SF in early 2014.[1]

Syfy is part of the international brand Syfy Universal and is wholly owned and operated by Universal Networks International (a division of NBCUniversal). In contrast, SF was an Australian exclusive brand with only 33.33% owned by NBCUniversal (with the remaining shares equally being held by CBS Studios International and Sony Pictures Television).[3][1]

On 15 April 2014, Syfy launched on Australian IPTV provider Fetch TV.[4]


Programming features classic and new science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies.[5][6]

First-Run Programming

Original Programming

Acquired Programming

Second-Run Programming



Syfy has come under criticism from Foxtel subscribers for a number of programming related issues, specifically regarding the high number of repeats and the low quality of the Syfy programming. Significantly, Syfy Australia does not hold the rights to any of the Star Trek franchise, while its predecessor did.[15][16][17]


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