Syfy (France)

Syfy is the French-speaking 24-hour science fiction entertainment channel based on the US version of the same name. The channel originally launched in December 2005 under the branding of the Sci-fi Channel. It became the fourth "Sci Fi Channel" alongside channels in the United States, UK and Germany. The channel was rebranded Syfy on January 5, 2010 as part of global rebrand. SYFY on August 29, 2017 as part of global rebrand.

See Sci Fi Channel for a list of other Sci Fi channels.
Launched16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Owned byUniversal Global Networks France SAS a subsidiary of NBC Universal International
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Broadcast areaFrance
Sister channel(s)13ème Rue Universal
SFR TV (France)Channel 51 (HD)

2010 Rebrand

Sci-fi was rebranded as Syfy since January 5 2010 (formerly known as Sci Fi in France). The channel rebranding coincides with NBC Universal Global Networks rebranding campaign which initially started in the US in July 1999.


Syfy is one of two channels operating in France under ownership of General Electric's NBC Universal Global Networks network. French company Vivendi hold a 20 per cent share in NBC Universal. NBC Universal Global Networks also operate a second channel in France called 13th Street, (13ème Rue, http://www.13è


In December 2016, SFR announced that it had signed an exclusivity agreement with NBCUniversal and resumed exclusive distribution of Syfy and 13ème Rue Universal, available until now in the Canal offers as well as via the Freebox of Free.

Since then, the channels have arrived at SFR, but are still broadcast on Canal, Free and Orange. But this was no longer the case as of 26 September 2017.

See also

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