TS News - Sci-Fi To Increase UK/Eire Hours

TELE-satellit News, 5 August 1997

Sci-Fi To Increase UK/Eire Hours
  LONDON, England, 1997/08/05 (SatND) -- Effective September 1st, Sci-Fi
Channel becomes a 7-day-a week DTH service to UK and Eire satellite homes,
broadcasting from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The move enables the Channel to
broadcast an additional 20 hours of sci-fi programming per week to Sky DTH
subscribers, an increase of more than 35 per cent.

  This is the second increase in satellite hours for the Channel since its
UK launch in November 1995. At present, the Channel is available from 20:00
to 04:00 Monday to Wednesday, and from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Thursday to
Sunday. In order to extend its satellite time, Sci-Fi Channel will switch
from transponder 47 on Astra 1C to transponder 24 on Astra 1B. On cable,
Sci-Fi Channel remains available to subscribers from 7:30 a.m. to 4.00 a.m.
daily, as it has been since launch nearly two years ago. 

  The Sci-Fi Channel is operated by USA Networks International, a
partnership between Viacom/Paramount and Universal Studios. Available to
over 55 million TV households globally, the Channels distribution
territories include the United States, Europe, Latin America and Brazil.
Sci-Fi Channel Europe can be seen via cable and satellite in the United
Kingdom and Scandinavia, via cable in the Netherlands, as well as via
satellite in Southern Africa. 

  By: Peter Klanowski

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