Universal Channel (Japan)
ユニバーサル チャンネル
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HeadquartersOsaka, Japan
OwnerNBC Universal
LaunchedApril 1, 2008 (as Sci-Fi Channel)
April 1, 2010 (as Universal Channel)
ClosedMarch 31, 2013
Former namesSci-Fi Channel (2008-2010)

Universal Channel was a Japanese television channel.



Sci-Fi Channel was a Japanese television channel that operated from 1 April 2008 to 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.