Universal Channel (Japan)

Universal Channel (Japan)

See Syfy Universal for a list of other Syfy channels.
Universal Channel (Japan)
ユニバーサル チャンネル
Launched April 1, 2008 (As Sci-Fi Japan)
April 1, 2010 (As Universal Channel)
Closed March 31, 2013
Owned by NBC Universal
Country Osaka, Japan
Replaced Sci-Fi Channel (Japan)
Website www.universalchannel.jp

Universal Channel was a Japanese television channel.


  • History 1
    • 2008-2010 1.1
    • 2010 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



Sci-Fi Channel was a Japanese television channel broadcasting from 1 April 2008 until 1 April 2010.[1][2]

This was the result of an agreement between NBC Universal and Jupiter Telecommunications for NBC Universal to acquire Jupiter Telecommunications' subsidiary company JSBC2 and launch Sci Fi Channel on J:COM.[3] Under the terms of the agreement, NBC Universal acquired 100% of the equity of JSBC2, which held the broadcasting license for Reality TV on the SKY PerfecTV! platform in Japan.

Sci-Fi Channel was rebranded in the US on July 7, 2009 as Syfy as part of a global rebrand. Sci-Fi Channel in Japan did not adopt it because it was rebranded in the merger with Universal Channel.[4] Sci-Fi occupies a programming block on Universal Channel. The channel's website no longer exists, instead redirecting to The Universal Channel's website.


On April 1, 2010, Sci-Fi Channel (Japan) was rebranded into Universal Channel (Japan); a Syfy programming block later premiered.

See also


  1. ^ "SCI FI Channel to begin broadcasting throughout Japan". Japan Today. 2008-03-26. 
  2. ^ "NBC to launch SCI FI and Universal Channels". TV Next. 2008-03-30. 
  3. ^ "NBCU Goes to Jupiter for Japanese Sci Fi". AWN News. 2007-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Universal Channel launches in Japan". OnScreen Asia. 2010-04-05. 

External links

  • Universal Channel Official site