Sky Cinema is launching dedicated sci-fi channel, bringing a wide-range of sci-fi films from classic to contemporary at no extra cost to current users.
From Saturday September 9 films from classics like James Cameron’s The Terminator and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner through to the latest Star Wars movies Rogue One and the Force Awakens will feature on the channel, which will run for nearly a month, coming to a halt on Sunday October 8.
Users of Sky On Demand and Now TV subscribers will also have access to the channel.
Clearly tapping into a growing appetite for sci-fi films brought about by the return of the Star Wars movies and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, the new channel is set to appeal to new and old sci-fi fans alike, providing they have a good month free to binge on the films Sky is loading the channel with.
In the run up to the new channel Sky is also broadcasting a rundown of what it considers to be the best movies the world of sci-fi has to offer in the hyperbolically titled The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies In the Universe programme, which airs 9pm on September 4 on Sky 1 and runs again on the Sky Cinema Sci-Fi channel at 7pm September 9.
“Sky Cinema Sky-Fi will bring together all that’s great about the genre, from iconic franchises such as Star Wars and Star Trek, to classics such as Blade Runner and Close Encounters,” said Ian Lewis, Sky Cinema group director.
“It is another innovative offering for our customers bringing the sci-fi genre to life, re-affirming our position as the UK and Ireland’s leading in-home movies service,” he added.
Sky appears to have a healthy appetite for expanding its suite of channels and TV services, having recently revealed a full revamp of its Sky Sports service, one of the more popular services it has in its TV arsenal.
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