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Sky Bowing 30-Day Sci-Fi Channel

5 Sep, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel


Temporary channel hopes to benefit from new 'Blade Runner' movie and 'Close Encounters' anniversary


Seeking to undermine the growing popularity of subscription streaming video and capitalize on the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of The Third Kind as well as the pending Blade Runner 2049 theatrical release, Britain’s Sky is launching a dedicated short-term sci-fi channel Sept. 9.

The Sky Cinema Sci-Fi Channel will operate for one month and is free to both Sky Cinema and online Now TV subscribers.

In addition to Ridley Scott's original theatrical release of Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos, the channel features the entire "Star Wars" series – featuring The Force Awakens and 2016's Rogue One — alongside the 10 original "Star Trek" movies, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind and Minority Report, plus James Cameron's The Terminator, among others.

“Sky Cinema Sky-Fi will bring together all that’s great about the genre,” Ian Lewis, group director at Sky Cinema, said in a statement. “It is another innovative offering for our customers bringing the sci-fi genre to life, re-affirming our position as the U.K. and Ireland’s leading in-home movies service.”
 


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