Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi Channel) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cabledivision of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.The channel features science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural,paranormal, drama, and reality programming.
As of February 2015, approximately 94.8 million American households (81.4 percent of households with television) receive Syfy
The Syfy channel picked up Van Helsing (TV series) on October 28, 2015 for a 13 episode order.
In 1989, Boca Raton, Florida, communications attorney Mitchell Rubenstein and his wife Laurie Silvers devised the concept for the Sci-Fi Channel, and planned to have it begin broadcasting in December 1990, but lacked the resources to launch it. In March 1992, the concept was picked up by USA Networks, then a joint venture between Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.The channel was seen as a natural fit with classic films and television series that both studios had in their vaults, including Universal's Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Rod Serling TV series Night Gallery, along with Paramount's Star Trek. Star Trek's creator Gene Roddenberry and author Isaac Asimov were among those on the initial advisory board, but both had died by the time the channel finally launched on September 24, 1992. Rubenstein recalled, "The first thing that was on the screen was 'Dedicated to the memories of Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry'". Leonard Nimoy was master of ceremonies at the channel's launch party, held at the Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan; Asimov's widow Janet, and Roddenberry's widow Majel Barrett, were in attendance. The first program shown on the network was the film Star Wars.
In 1994, Paramount was sold to Viacom, followed by Seagram's purchase of a controlling stake in MCA (of which Universal was a subsidiary) from Matsushita the next year. In 1997, Viacom sold its stake in USA Networks to Universal, who spun off all its television assets to Barry Diller the next year. Three years later, Diller would sell these assets back to Universal, by then a subsidiary of Vivendi SA (at the time known as Vivendi Universal). Vivendi's film and television production, and cable television assets were then merged with General Electric's NBC to form NBC Universal in 2004.
A high definition version of the channel launched on October 3, 2007 on DirecTV. In 2013, Syfy was awarded the James Randi Educational Foundation's Pigasus Award.
- The Headquarters are located in New York City, NY
- Their slogan is Imagine Greater
- This network has over gone several name changes.