At 11am on 26th July, a new era for the Syfy channel begins with a change of name and schedule.
At launch, Sky Sci-Fi will offer a selection of Premiere TV movie titles such as Bullet Train Down, Thor: God of Thunder and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The channel has also acquired Stephen King’s celebrated mini-series: IT and Salem’s Lot.
Hitting UK screens for the very first time on launch week is the long-awaited release of SurrealEstate, a paranormal and spooktacular series, featuring cast members Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek). Also announced as brand new to the channel and airing in launch month, is the exhilarating zombie series Day of The Dead, inspired by George. A Romero’s horror movie, starring Keenan Tracey and Natalie Malaika.
Sci-fi fans will still be able to find a host of their favourite shows on the channel. These include Star Trek, Stargate and Quantum Leap. Box-set bingers will also be able to watch a library of classic series, with titles soon to be revealed.
Zai Bennett, Managing Director, Content Sky UK and Ireland, said:
“From space adventures to futuristic fantasy, Sky Sci-Fi will be joining the host of genre-led brands launched in the past year and will offer a new universe for viewers to explore. The rebrand will make it easier for people to find exactly what they want, with fan favourites, a multitude of on demand content, as well as a burst of exciting new shows for sci-fi fanatics”.
How to watch Sky Sci-Fi
Sky Sci-Fi will be available on traditional TV platforms, taking over the slots of Syfy. [Sky 152, Sky Glass 116 (117 Wales), Virgin 138, NOW Entertainment.] The full programme library will be available on-demand.
Syfy was an NBCUniversal channel. Following the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, Syfy and Sky came under common ownership. In terms of genre, its main competitor is the free-to-air Horror Channel.