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Syfy is a channel owned by NBC Universal (itself owned by media giant Comcast). Itís available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and a dozen or so other countries.

Founded in 1992 as the Sci-Fi Channel (in its later years, simply "Sci Fi"), the network's remit is to air various kinds of Speculative Fiction, from science/fantasy and paranormal to their own produced movies and shows. Their original series tend to be Cult Classics, and the network has a history of salvaging cancelled shows from other networks and renewing them. Unfortunately, they also have a history of canceling their own cult classic shows prematurely.

Today, the network has expanded to include more fantasy-based programming, action movies, crime dramas, reality shows and, at some points, Japanese animation and Professional Wrestling from WWE (the second of which caused heavy fan backlash).

They were also the ordinal American broadcaster of the revival Doctor Who and had gotten a lot of flack for cutting out 4 or 5 minutes from every episode to jam more commercials in. note  They also got the same flack from anime fans for doing the same thing to the anime they air. note  Said anime was aired under a programming block called Ani-Monday, which was hailed with much fanfare when it premiered in the summer of 2007. But after a few scheduling hops to Tuesdays and Thursdays, and abandoning the "Ani-Monday" moniker with no replacement title, it quietly ended during the summer of 2012.

The original American channel changed its name to Syfy in 2009, with most (but not all) of the international channels following suit over the next year. As said executive Tim Brooks: ďThe name Sci-Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular." Sci Fi Channel president David Howe added, "It gives us a unique wordnote  and it gives us the opportunities to imbue it with the values and the perception that we want it to have."

Unsurprisingly, the renaming was almost universally ridiculed, especially since "Syfy" is pronounced exactly the same as "Sci Fi", the term the executives thought had such negative connotations. Fans continue to state that the real reason they changed it was so they could simply get copyright royalties from a word no one else uses. Along with the new name, the Network Decay which has been slowly developing for a decade became more prevalent in The New '10s.

Comments from the network president, David Howe, about the channel's state in 2014, along with plans for more sci-fi programming has heralded good fortune for the channel's fans. In recent years, actual sci-fi programming has made a resurgence, thanks to shows like Defiance and 12 Monkeys, while non-fantasy shows have been downplayed. By 2016, the only noticeable remains of the channel's decay were reruns of CSI and non-fantasy or sci-fi movies. More significantly, it was announced that Syfy would "reboot" for its 25th anniversary on June 19, 2017. This re-branding, which includes a new logo and the expansion of its news division, Syfy Wire, seemingly aims to return the channel back to its roots.

This network contains examples of:

  • Anime: The channel aired Japanese animation beginning in The '90s, with notable shows and movies including El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, Appleseed, AKIRA (with the Streamline Pictures dub), Project A-ko, 8th Man After, and The New Adventures of Gigantor. Eventually, such programming was completely phased out in 2011 as the channel's Network Decay became more prevalent.
  • Armies Are Evil: All "Syfy Original Movies" set in anything even close to the modern era will feature the American military in an antagonistic role, no matter how much shoehorning is necessary to do so.
  • Bite the Wax Tadpole: The reason why the Polish channel kept the original nameónobody wants to watch a channel called "syphilis."
    • Specifically, "syf" approximately translates to "filth/dirt", and is used as slang for syphilis. The additional 'y' at the end is the correct construction to make the "syf" word plural. Reasonable translations from Polish to English for "syfy" would include "filthy things" and "syphilitics". The plural word, "syfy", is most commonly used as a slang for "pimples."
    • In the US, most of the former fans of the network pronounce the new name "Siffy", a slang/shortened term for a syphilitic.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: In the months prior to the network's launch in 1992, the C-Band satellite feed (and some cable providers who picked up the channel early) had all this sci-fi-ish stuff- apparently, some people thought they had hallucinated this stuff and other people thought it was a Satanic message!
  • Marathon Running: Back in its early days, and even today, the channel has aired movie marathons. Godzilla movies, Ray Harryhausen movies, and Fantasy-themed and Horror-themed movies are just a few examples.
  • Network Decay: Currently considered to be in "Slipped" status as a result of a new batch of sci-fi shows.
  • Threatening Shark: They've shown various shark movies ever since the channel's early days, but Sharknado becoming an unexpected smash hit resulted in a massive surge in both shark movie marathons and the commissioning of new shark movies.

Syfy-produced original films vary greatly in quality, from fan favourites like the Firestarter films and adaptations of lesser known comic books like Painkiller Jane to the more C grade disaster movies and Attack of the Killer Whatever movies. The channel funds many film developments - directors and producers go to Syfy for funding for Speculative Fiction works where they would have trouble gaining attention otherwise. The movies are made with a budget of only $1 or 2 million, making their development surprisingly profitable. Unsurprisingly, these movies are very divisive.

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Alternative Title(s): Sci Fi Channel