Universal Channel was a Japanese television channel.
|Universal Channel (Japan) |
|Launched||April 1, 2008 (as Sci-Fi Channel)|
April 1, 2010 (as Universal Channel)
|Closed||March 31, 2013|
|Owned by||NBC Universal|
|Formerly called||Sci-Fi Channel (2008-2010)|
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. 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. 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.
|NBCU Film and|
Sports and News
* Denotes joint ventures
A division of NBCUniversal
|Australia & New Zealand|
|Europe, Middle East and Africa|