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  • I gave up on Sci-Fi aka syfy when they cancelled Farscape.

    A Name Change for The Sci-Fi Channel

  • Haha, the word "syfy" has pretty bad connotations in Polish.

    Good Idea or Bad Idea? SciFi Changes Name to SyFy Channel

  • For example, if the SciFi Channel had done more due diligence before it rolled out its new name it would have discovered that, in most parts of the world, "syfy" is a slang term for syphilis.

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  • IMO the last movie was a cash in and should of never been made the script was awful, they replaced the lead with an awful actress and it honestly felt like a "syfy" original movie.

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  • Almost as wrong as the fact that they started spelling sci-fi: "syfy" to try and make science fiction more trendy and universally appealing.

    Syfy Sacrilege

  • Despite the fact that "syfy" sounds like the domain name you reluctantly choose if "scifi. com" is already taken, executives at the 16-year-old cable network enthused about the idea, saying it will open up all new vistas and possibilities.

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  • I like my ponies to know more than one trick, personally. skippybkroo what we need is some more new episodes of venture bros. it seems like they did 4 new eps this season and now it's all reruns. but i agree w/the "if it sez 'cartoon network' then show some frakin 'cartoons" sect. it's like wrestling on sci-fi network. but now that it's "syfy" and i don't know what the frak that is, i guess it's ok.

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  • Actually in spite of my sarcastic comments about the episode it was so totally cool and great I feel sorry for all the masses of people who can't yet watch it ---- but I'm sure it will be on the 'syfy' channel sooner or later, they are continuing to show 'Who' reruns there, they just did the one where Professor Yana finds out he's The Master and becomes the younger, cooler Master when he regenerates .......

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  • "syfy" would keep the branding but not make people think they were just about science fiction.

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  • "syfy" in Polish can also be used to mean the same thing it does in English-an abbreviation for science fiction.

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  • I've been against the channel since the beginning. The name sci-fi is really just a slap in the face of the true fans who prefer to call it SF.

    March 31, 2009

  • :-D

    March 27, 2009

  • Oh, that's right. Facebook's.

    March 27, 2009

  • chained_bear, you know whose fault it is.

    March 27, 2009

  • That press release was pure bullshyttery.

    March 27, 2009

  • Nice logical thinking there. Because Sci-Fi shows a lot of crap in addition to sci-fi, they change the spelling of their name to further confuse people--or else to signal to fans of actual science fiction that they're really not going to like the programming anyway. Hence, "Zits" or "Scum."

    P.S. Surely I sound far more curmudgeonly about this than I deserve to be, given that I've never identified myself as a fan of sci-fi. *shrugs* Must be the crummy weather.

    March 26, 2009

  • "sf" could also be "speculative fiction"

    Or San Francisco, but I think those are differentiated by always writing the city in caps (SF) and the genre in lower (sf).

    March 26, 2009

  • I thought real science fiction fans called it sf, and reserved sci-fi for the likes of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

    March 26, 2009

  • SCI FI Channel Press Release (03/16/09):

    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.

    Warren Ellis (03/16/09):

    1) Two of my Polish readers have just pointed out that, in Polish, "syfy" has a meaning somewhere between zits, filthy and scum. Oops.

    2) This came up elsewhere, but: "sci-fi" is a term coined by fanboy no.1, the late Forrest Ackerman, a wordplay-happy man who also came up with linguist joys like "imagi-movie" and "futuristicostume." The term "sf" for science fiction/speculative fiction was coined by author Robert Heinlein some eight years earlier.

    March 26, 2009

  • *never wants to watch Sci-Fi again because of this monstrosity*

    March 26, 2009

  • What the....?

    March 26, 2009

  • Barfi McBarfyngton.

    March 26, 2009

  • slyfy

    March 26, 2009

  • The new name of the Sci-Fi Channel. Because "sci-fi" was too geeky.

    March 26, 2009