SYFY in HD for Australia

The channels’ division of NBCUniversal International Television and Foxtel announced an exciting programming line-up for global channel brand Syfy which will launch in HD on Foxtel on January 1, 2014 (Syfy HD channel 125; Syfy +2 channel 165). Syfy is the destination for imagination-based entertainment, including the very best in new and classic science fiction and fantasy programming. This announcement was made by Christine Fellowes, MD, Universal Networks International, Asia Pacific and Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television.

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. Further, the brand new channel will be complemented by a new website – – available prior to launch, from December. 

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 5) on Thursday 2 January 8.30pm AEDT and Haven (Season 4) on Tuesday 7 January 8.30pm AEDT. Warehouse 13 (Season 5) and the second season of Defiance, starring Grant Bowler, will premiere exclusive to Syfy in mid-2014.

Syfy will also broadcast numerous fan favourites including Stargate SG-1, Torchwood, Primeval, classic Doctor Who, Sanctuary, Ghost Hunters International, Orphan Black and Eureka.

Commented Fellowes: “We look forward to bringing Foxtel subscribers a High-Definition experience of the best in imagination-based entertainment – both genre classics and new series and movies premiering for the first time in Australia. It’s an exciting time for NBCUniversal in Australia as we add Syfy HD to our portfolio of channels.”

Commented Walsh: “Foxtel is delighted to bring Syfy – the world’s foremost science fiction entertainment channel – to Australia. Syfy will be specifically curated for local audiences and will boast an impressive line-up of shows which we are sure will entertain and thrill local audiences. By combining great programming with breathtaking Foxtel technology, including Foxtel Go and brilliant High Definition pictures, Syfy will be a compelling television destination.”

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

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