Syfy comes to Australia in HD

Louise Duffy | 27-11-2013

The channels division of NBCUniversal International Television has announced the programming line-up for global channel brand Syfy which will launch in Australia on 1 January 2014; the channel will be launched in HD.

Syfy is the destination for imagination-based entertainment, including new and classic science fiction and fantasy programming.

For the first time, Foxtel subscribers will be able to watch science-fiction and fantasy programming on the move on compatible tablets and smartphones, via Foxtel Go. Syfy HD will also be available on compatible internet connected devices through the new Internet TV service, Foxtel Play as well as Foxtel on T-Box and Foxtel on Telstra Mobile. The new channel will also be complemented by a new website available prior to launch, from December.

Belinda Menendez, president, Universal Networks International and International Television Distribution, said: "It's a very exciting time for NBCUniversal in Australia; we are thrilled to have recently appointed Chris Taylor to lead our integrated television operations in Australia and New Zealand as we prepare to transform Universal Channel and bring Syfy to the market for the first time ever. We look forward to the launch of Syfy broadening our portfolio of channels in Australia and to bringing viewers a high definition experience of the best in imagination-based entertainment both genre classics, along with series and movies premiering in the market."

New Australian paranormal series Haunting: Australia will have its world premiere on Syfy in February. Paranormal investigator Robb Demarest, best known for Ghost Hunters International, will lead a team of six as they hunt for signs of the paranormal in Australia's most-haunted locations.

Syfy will be the new home for the Australian premieres of Misfits (Season five), Haven (Season four), Warehouse 13 (Season five) and the second season of Defiance. It will also broadcast numerous fan favourites including Stargate SG-1, Torchwood, Primeval, classic Doctor Who, Sanctuary, Ghost Hunters International, Orphan Black and Eureka.

Syfy reaches viewers in 86 countries around the globe, and is broadcast in 17 languages.