SF needs a new TV home

Posted Mar 17, 2009 in Media, Science Fiction, Television.

Now that the SCI FI Channel has decided to rebrand itself as SyFy so that they can justify having wrestling, reality television and other rubbish that makes it a clone of Spike, US television needs a new channel that is dedicated to science fiction. There must be a market for it, given the huge popularity of Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, etc. At the very least, it could be a combination of science fiction and fantasy. I envisage content like the following:

  • Original science fiction series and mini series
  • Original fantasy series and mini series
  • Science fiction and fantasy movies
  • Biography-style shows about SF and fantasy writers, producers and directors
  • Interviews with SF and fantasy writers, producers and directors
  • Behind-the-scenes shows covering SF and fantasy television and film
  • An SF and fantasy-themed quiz show, perhaps with genre celebrity specials
  • Reruns of older SF and fantasy programming

Obviously, the hard part is sourcing content. Channels like SyFy can source material from their parent companies, but what is needed is a channel that is independent of any one big content producer so that deals for programming can be made with any of them - sort of like how a free house operates in the British pub system.

Perhaps traditional television is not the right media of choice. A subscription or advertiser-funded internet channel may be more appropriate, although securing international rights to programming is difficult, necessitating region-blocking DRM technology or something. Whatever it turns out to be, something is certainly needed. As long as it's available in high definition and doesn't have wrestling, it has to be good.


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