This seems a bit odd, but the SciFi Channel announced yesterday that effective July 7, 2009 that it will be known as SyFy.

Per the press release:

By changing the name to Syfy, which remains phonetically identical, the new brand broadens perceptions and embraces a wider and more diverse range of imagination-based entertainment including fantasy, paranormal, reality, mystery, action and adventure, as well as science fiction. It also positions the brand for future growth by creating an ownable trademark that can travel easily with consumers across new media and non-linear digital platforms, new international channels and extend into new business ventures.

President of SciFi Channel Dave Howe now has to have business cards reprinted. God, that's a pain in the ass. Expect to see his cards filling up drawings for free lunches at local restaurants. He's got an old supply to work through!

I get the branding aspect of it.  They can’t own “Sci-Fi,” but I guess they can own “SyFy,” a made up word.  Except someone else made it up before them.  I’m just guessing here, but it would seem that the guys over probably sold their URL to SciFi… er… SyFy… NBC Universal.

But don’t worry!

According to SciFi President Dave Howe, “…SyFy will continue to celebrate the traditional roots of the genre…”  Which is to say, I think, that you can still count on them to provide you the finest in Latvian produced  Saturday night monster movies.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything I watch over on SciFi with any regularity other than Battlestar Galactica.  And that ends this Friday.  I probably won’t be flipping back there until Caprica hits the air.  I don’t offer this information to be contrary.  Rather, I mean to point out that here I am a geek of gargantuan proportions and I rarely watch SciFi’s programming.

I suspect that is why the change in branding, the change in image.

If they’re not grabbing the core demographic (and I acknowledge I am likely outside the age range NBC Universal finds desirable), they gotta change.  If only I could have loved mutant ant movies more, perhaps then they could have remained pure.


2 thoughts on “Your Morning Head: Bitten by a radioactive ad-man, SciFi will become SyFy

  1. I was excited to see Knights of Bloodstone, especially after seeing Christopher Lloyd in it. And Carny seems like it might be good.

    I’ll pause for your expressions of disgust to settle.

    Okay, that said, Primeval is the dominant reason I’m paying attention to Sci-Fi at all nowadays. Telling that my favorite show on their channel isn’t of their making. Maybe SG:U will change that.

    I loved Sci-Fi *dearly* back when they were, in practical terms, a Winamp TV station on cable. Their bumpers could have been done in Flash, all their shows were made by someone else (Bab 5, Andromeda, Twilight Zone, Beastmaster, UFO, V…). I loved to hole up in my room and watch the oddball procession of programming they paraded in front of me. It got me into MST3k, and was a good source of anime (I first saw Vampire Hunter D on Saturday Anime — which was also my introduction to steampunk).

    Nowadays they still produce good entertainment, but the dorky, barely-above-public-access charm is gone. The lineup is less colorful, maybe because their shows are contemporary instead of springing from a range of decades (and production grades). They just aren’t delivering the variety, so I’m not watching as much.

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