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#1 Posted by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -

I suppose they are trying to attract a bigger crowd of (Those Young'uns)

But i dont see why replacing a couple of vowels changes anything, its a good channel, but i think getting rid of those stupid "Original' movies and Ghost shows would be the best approach. (Anyone remember Ice Spiders? A riveting, new age classic, believe me)

What do you guys think of the new image they are trying to make for themselves?

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#2 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

I don't know, but the subject was covered with much hilarity in an episode of The Geekbox a few weeks ago.

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#3 Posted by KamasamaK (2523 posts) -

They had a problem holding a trademark for such a generic term.

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#4 Posted by alsnuts2 (699 posts) -

I saw Blood Rayne 3 on Sci Fi a few months ago.... "Alsnuts2? Blood Rayne 3?" Thats right kiddies Cowboy mother-fucking Vampires.

If they want people to watch the channel they need to rerun MST3k!!

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#5 Posted by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -
@Kamasama said:
"They had a problem holding a trademark for such a generic term."

That would make sense
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#6 Edited by buzz_clik (7590 posts) -

I guess it's just to make it kewl with the kids, while maintaining the same name when said verbally. Y'know, because the Sy-FY channel is such great water cooler fodder.

It seems a completely pointless change to me. Those who were into their programming probably still will be despite the change, and those who weren't will either continue to not care, or will get sucked in by the name only to realise that the shows aren't for them. I'd guess that those who want to watch this kind of stuff already know about Sci-Fi.

The other option is that it's trying to draw in the hyphy crowd.

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#7 Posted by Seedofpower (4084 posts) -

Its like coke re-releasing the same soda but instead now calling it classic. It works the same way, people are stupid.

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#8 Posted by Artemis_D (834 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:
"  but i think getting rid of those stupid "Original' movies and Ghost shows would be the best approach.  "

That is the worst and most awful idea anyone has had, ever.  Sci Fi Originals are the greatest unintentional comedies ever made.  Well, I guess I can't say they're unintentional.  I think they are well aware of how incredibly hammy those films are now, and I'm almost positive they're aiming for it.

 As for the ghost shows... I just plain enjoy those.
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#9 Posted by Sabata (829 posts) -

For the same reason Cartoon Network is now "CN Real" and why Pizza Hut is now "The Hut."


People are fucking stupid.
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#10 Posted by Lies (3985 posts) -

Dude Sci-Fi channel original movies are THE BEST.

Not in the traditional sense of the word, but more in the so-bad-they're-good way. I mean come on, what's not to like about SUPERGATOR?

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#11 Posted by Systech (4190 posts) -

Because... science!

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#12 Posted by Kou_Leifoh (1960 posts) -
@systech said:
" Because... science! "
That made me laugh for some reason.
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#13 Posted by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -
@Lies said:
"Dude Sci-Fi channel original movies are THE BEST.Not in the traditional sense of the word, but more in the so-bad-they're-good way. I mean come on, what's not to like about SUPERGATOR?"

I should start a thread just for Sci Fi original movie names, Snakehead Terror, anyone?
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#14 Posted by gakon (2010 posts) -

Based on what I've read on websites that cover brands, the SFC's producers felt that just the name "Sci-Fi" carried a stigma with it they didn't like.  The idea being, the Sci-Fi Channel only shows Sci-Fi.  Apparently, this isn't the case, and to prove it, the network is rebranding to the more ambiguous "SyFy."  It has nothing to do with the audience.  Frankly, it's not something anyone could have anticipated.

Problem is, SyFy is pronounced exactly the same as Sci-Fi.  Nothing will change in conversation, just in writing.  Do I need to get the IPA chart out?  It's the same!  And it makes no sense.

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#15 Posted by Karmum (11515 posts) -

Something with trademarking problems, and an attempt to rebrand the whole channel. I believe the trademarking issue was due to "sci-fi" generally applying to science fiction solely, and the Sci-Fi channel had non-science fiction programs.

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#16 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

Besides Battlestar Galactica, has the Sci-Fi/SyFy channel ever made anything that wasn't complete shit?

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#17 Posted by PercyChuggs (1154 posts) -
@Lies said:
" Dude Sci-Fi channel original movies are THE BEST.Not in the traditional sense of the word, but more in the so-bad-they're-good way. I mean come on, what's not to like about SUPERGATOR? "
There are plenty of channels on TV that show movies that are actually, legitimately good. Sci-Fi or SyFy is for nerds and the unemployable.
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#18 Posted by KamasamaK (2523 posts) -
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#19 Posted by Optiow (1785 posts) -

Some people can't help but change things...

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#20 Posted by papercut (4185 posts) -

Thats whats hip with the kids today

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#21 Posted by 71Ranchero (3419 posts) -

I would imagine booze factored into the name change somehow.

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#22 Posted by Captainlunchbox (549 posts) -

I dunno- But I just got into Torchwood and I can't seem to be able to find a good channel or website to watch it on...

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#23 Posted by Happy (264 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" Besides Battlestar Galactica, has the Sci-Fi/SyFy channel ever made anything that wasn't complete shit? "
Faaarscaaaape. Which, incidentally, they are some what trying to revive. They could call it The Horseshit Channel for all I care if they give me more Farscape. Also they show Dr. Who, but they can't take any credit for that.
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#24 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

i think just to catch some more audiences. some people just think of changing something to seem more interesting. it is weird stuff o chaning things around.

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#25 Posted by Qorious (882 posts) -

Haven't you heard, "Change is Now!"

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#26 Posted by HAMMERCLAW (300 posts) -

Who cares? I never watch it anyway.  Anything classic on that channel was cut, edited and sanitized. I watched Galactica on DVD, 'cause I couldn't stand all the commercials. I gave up on the Sci Fi channel when they didn't do a successor to Babylon 5. Most of the original stuff they do , is the sort of crap that was once shown at drive-ins.

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#27 Posted by Hamst3r (5479 posts) -

Because you can get it by having unprotected sexual intercourse with loose women.

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#28 Posted by deadmonkeys (849 posts) -

Come on guys, the letter ' Y ' just wants some lovin'. That crackwhore ' i '  gets all the luck.

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#29 Edited by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -
@HandsomeDead:
Eureka, the stargate series, warehouse 13 is pretty good, Firefly, but other then series, no

And from what i recall about farscape, it was hella weird, and had head crab aliens
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#30 Posted by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -
@Captainlunchbox:
I cant figure out how to do multiple replies in the same post, but oh well

anyways, i think i watched torchwood on a BBC website, i cant recall though, its on their channel too,i just dont get it where i live
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#31 Posted by FunExplosions (5534 posts) -

is saw that recently and thought it was dumb as shit. doesn't look like something that sci-fi fans would appreciate.

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#32 Posted by Mikemcn (8566 posts) -

@FunExplosions said:

"is saw that recently and thought it was dumb as shit. doesn't look like something that sci-fi fans would appreciate. "


have you seen sci fi lately? Its all like that, at least it has some spunk lol

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#33 Posted by Warp (102 posts) -

Man I miss when Sci Fi wore its nerdiness like a badge of honor. Now corporate interests are trying to turn it into a catch all entertainment network with a bias towards low budget horror films. It just breaks my heart to see a channel I practically grew up with turn into a shadow of its former self. Back in 1992 I used to watch the Venus cgi screensaver that the network used as a placeholder image before the channel actually launched. And when it premiered I watched the hell out of all the stupid and low budget tv shows they had picked up like My Secret Identity and Nightmare Cafe...

Come to think of it...Sci Fi has kinda always had terrible programming. The occasional home run aside, (BSG!) the channel never had very much good on. So I guess good on SyFy for trying a different direction. It may not work but at least they broadened themselves up a bit to allow different and possibly interesting new projects. At least until that fails and we get another Spike copy cat.

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#34 Posted by AgentofChaos (1575 posts) -

Sci-Fi needs to go back and embrace its nerdy roots, because half-assing your way to the middle pisses everyone off.

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#35 Posted by PrawnToast (110 posts) -
@Hamst3r said:
" Because you can get it by having unprotected sexual intercourse with loose women. "
I'm in
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#36 Posted by Radar (932 posts) -

Sci Fi has been going downhill ever since they put wrestling on their network but there is quite a few gems on SyFy, piled under tons of crap. Name change was for trademark issues and (probably) to rejuvenate their brand (ala TNN->Spike TV).

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#37 Posted by The_A_Drain (4073 posts) -

I refuse to call it Sy-Fy it's utterly utterly ridiculous, I simply will not. It's Sci-Fi. Science. Fiction. End of discussion.

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#38 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4569 posts) -

The change got people talking about that channel again, so their move worked.  If you pronounce that in certain other language's versions of those letters, it just sound stupid, though.

Norwegian it's like "sew, bleah".  Fy is something usually followed by a swear word :)

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#39 Posted by Aarny91 (3961 posts) -
To make it look hip? 
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#40 Posted by Meowayne (6168 posts) -
@Kou_Leifoh said:
" @systech said:
" Because... science! "
That made me laugh for some reason. "
That response, in turn, made me laugh for some reason.
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#41 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
" @Kou_Leifoh said:
" @systech said:
" Because... science! "
That made me laugh for some reason. "
That response, in turn, made me laugh for some reason. "
I laughed
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#42 Posted by natsumesosexy (79 posts) -

Well bro, ask yourself, which sounds sicker: New Metal or Nu-Metal?  The same law applies here.

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#43 Posted by PenguinDust (13082 posts) -
Sci-Fi is now Sy-Fy because the term "sci-fi" denigrates the genre. HA!

It's a rebranding because they want to branch out from just science fiction, even though their programming has been more than science fiction for years now.  This way they can say to all the people who are turned off by the potential nerdiness of Sci Fi, "Come look at us now, we are not just science fiction...see, we are Sy-Fy which is different than Sci-Fi."

I can't believe people get paid to come up with this shit in Hollywood.    
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#44 Posted by damswedon (3245 posts) -

wait are we on about sci-fi the channel or sci-fi the genre

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#45 Posted by super_machine (2008 posts) -

Because sci-fi is a genre beyond TV, whilst sy-fy is a brand name they can control the rights to.

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#46 Edited by Torrim (409 posts) -

If it's such a difficult trademark to hold why hasn't History channel changed their name to Hystory?

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#47 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6500 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
"Besides Battlestar Galactica, has the Sci-Fi/SyFy channel ever made anything that wasn't complete shit?"
Boa VS Python, Lake Placid 2, Puppet Master VS Demonic Toys, I could go on, but you obviously haven't seen these achievements in film making.