Syfy Universal
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Broadcast areaNetherlands
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Sister channels13th Street Universal
CNBC Europe
DreamWorks Channel
Sky News
Launched1 October 1996; 25 years ago (1996-10-01) (as Sci-Fi Channel)[1]
30 May 2007; 15 years ago (2007-05-30) (re-launch)
Closed1 July 2016; 6 years ago (2016-07-01)
Former namesSci-Fi Channel (1996-1998, 2007-2010)

Syfy was a Dutch-language pay television channel service specialising in science fiction, fantasy, and horror shows and movies. The channel launched in 2007 as a sister channel to the US Sci Fi Channel, with a similar programming line-up. Syfy operated as a channel service of Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal.

Sci-Fi Channel had previously been available in Benelux in the 1990s. Failing to attract audiences, the channel withdrew from the Benelux and Scandinavia at the end of 1998, focusing on their UK service instead.[2]

An HD-simulcast started through UPC Netherlands on 1 May 2013.[3]

It officially ceased broadcasting on 1 July 2016.[4]


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  1. ^ "MEDIA KORT: OKTOBER 1996". 31 October 1996.
  2. ^ "Sci-fi Channel Ends Scandi Run". The Hollywood Reporter. December 8, 1998.
  3. ^ Jarco Kriek (22 April 2013). "13th Street HD, Syfy HD en TLC HD nieuw bij UPC". Totaal TV.
  4. ^ Jarco Kriek (6 May 2016). "NBCUNIVERSAL STOPT OP 1 JULI MET SYFY EN 13TH STREET". Totaal TV.