SyFy is a basic cable channel in the United States. It was previously known as the Sci-Fi channel, later shortened to SciFi and eventually SyFy. It is owned and managed by NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. The channel was launched on September 24, 1992. Horror, science fiction, and fantasy are the primary genres on the SyFy channel. As of 2016, more than 92 million American TVs were subscribed to the SyFy channel.
The SyFy channel is the brainchild of cable TV entrepreneurs Mitchell Rubenstein and Laurie Silver. This husband-wife duo signed up 8 of the 10 leading cable operators, back in 1989.
Between 1989 and 1992, Mithcell Rubenstein and Laurie Silver owned the SyFy channel. In 1992, they sold the channel to USA Networks. At that time, USA Networks was a joint venture of Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures. In 1994, Viacom Media purchased Paramount Pictures while Seagram purchased Universal Pictures. In 1997, Viacom sold all its rights to the channel to Universal Pictures. Within three years, ownership was transferred to Vivendi Universal. In 2004, Vivendi Universal’s cable TV projects would then merge to form NBC Universal. NBC Universal, in turn, was bought by Comcast Corporations in 2010.
SyFy’s top programs revolve around fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres. Frankenstein and Dracula were initially aired on the channel, and they were instant hits. The two most popular TV series on SyFy were Night Gallery and Star Trek. Star Trek would go on to be one of the biggest shows on the channel. Steven Spielberg’s miniseries Taken is another all-time hit from SyFy.
Types of programs
Apart from popular shows and movies, SyFy also has a range of original movies. These movies are low-budget renditions of popular novels, stories, and myths. These films include Moby Dick, Hansel & Gretel, Sharknado, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, and many more.
In its initial years, SyFy also aired Japanese anime shows. Since 2017, the channel has been running a 2-hour program block called Ani-Monday where they air animes. In this series, they feature English dubbed productions of shows owned by Manga Entertainment.
SyFy also broadcasts overflow sports entertainment shows like WCG Ultimate Gamer and WWE’s ECW, NXT, and Smackdown.
SyFy on Fubo
FuboTV is primarily known for its sports broadcasts in the United States and Canada. SyFy is available on FuboTV, and subscribers of FuboTV get access to all the shows and sports teams on the SyFy channel.