OSN will launch Syfy, NBCUniversal International Networks’ dedicated science-fiction entertainment channel, in the MENA region on July 8.
Syfy will feature a roster of series, movies and sci-fi programming. With the tagline ‘Imagine Greater,’ Syfy further strengthens NBCUniversal International (NBCUI)’s channel presence on OSN – which already includes E! Entertainment Television.
The launch of Syfy follows the signing of a new and extended long-term deal between OSN and NBCUNI, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation that has a valuable portfolio of television series, films, news and entertainment networks.
Syfy will bring acclaimed original series, popular movies, Japanese animation, classic science fiction and fantasy programming for OSN subscribers in the region, with Arabic subtitles available for most content.
“We are excited to extend our channels’ presence in the Middle East and North Africa with OSN’s exclusive launch of Syfy” commented Colin McLeod, MD, UK and EM, NBCUniversal International Networks. “This popular, genre-defining global brand is sure to quickly engage viewers across the region with the range of compelling programming that delivers on Syfy’s ‘Imagine Greater’ promise.”
Emad Morcos, chief content officer of OSN, said: “Science-fiction enjoys great popularity in the region, especially among youth. The addition of this globally renowned channel only on OSN further defines our credentials as the go-to network for all cutting edge content. Syfy will be a great value addition for our subscribers who seek innovative and world-class programming.”
Launching exclusive new series to the region, Syfy’s compelling content will include Dark Matter – a thriller about a crew of mercenaries who awake on a spaceship in the farthest reaches of space with no memory of who they are – and Killjoys – a thriller following a team of intergalactic bounty hunters.
Syfy will also show Face Off – a reality-based competition series in which make up artists compete to create the wildest and weirdest special effects.
Complementing the channel’s premiere line up are great iconic series for the genre, including Smallville, Eureka and Sanctuary.
Syfy will also bring blockbusters such as The Mummy and King Kong, and celebrated action-packed sci-fi movies including The Incredible Hulk and Doom.