TV1 / SF (formerly SciFi) will close on the Foxtel platform on December 31st, after CBS Studios International, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Television International were unable to negotiate a satisfactory carriage deal with Foxtel.
TV1 pre dates Foxtel, having launched in early 1995 while Sci Fi launced in 2006 before rebranding to SF.
But TV1 CEO Peter Hudson told TV Tonight, he was exploring options to keep the brands alive, including IPTV, Crackle and Apple TV.
“It is important to focus on the impact to the loyal and hugely talented staff working on both channels. The team has faced many competitive challenges and with the support of our studio partners we have endured and delivered two great channels – favourites with subscribers,” he said.
Foxtel has indicated it was in discussion with suppliers to maintain both a replacement general entertainment channel and a dedicated science fiction channel.
Meanwhile current SF original movie Arrowhead will still go ahead.
“At SF we are very excited about the Arrowhead project and we will find a home for it so it can premiere in Australia as planned, unfortunately not on SF,” said Hudson.
“The announcement on Friday is a challenge we can’t yet overcome. I am extremely proud of our achievements and they will be celebrated – we still have some serious work to do and we will ensure the quality and the entertainment value of the channels is maintained for our loyal viewers till the last second.”