The two NBC-Universal channels Sci-Fi and 13th street are to launch on the UPC platform in the Netherlands in the second quarter of the year. Wider distribution is expected in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium by the end of 2007. In the Benelux the channels will be represented by Chellomedia, a sister company to cable operator UPC.
Sci-Fi channel is already established in the UK, while both Sci-Fi and 13th Street can be found in France, French-speaking Belgium, Spain and Germany.
In its opening month Sci-Fi will screen Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, New Battlestar Galactica, Tremors, Sliders and Dark Angel. Viewers to 13th Street will see Monk, House, Law & Order Criminal Intent and a Sunday night featuring the best of British detective dramas such as Cracker, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Vincent.