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#1 of 44 OFFLINE   Andy Sheets

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Posted March 16 2009 - 08:13 AM

Because only DORKS like Sci-Fi!

#2 of 44 OFFLINE   Quentin

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Posted March 16 2009 - 08:23 AM

Lame award for lamest ever...

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Posted March 16 2009 - 08:25 AM

SyFy stands for NOTHING. What a bunch of idiots. SciFi at least told you exactly what kind of programming you were getting. What kind of morons are these? And to blast their own core audience with this:
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#4 of 44 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted March 16 2009 - 08:54 AM

Which is precisely what makes the change attractive to the network. "Sci-Fi" is a generic term generally disliked even by fans of the genre itself. "SyFy" is a unique term, easy to copyright and trademark and to turn into a specific "brand". Why do you think cars have stupid names like "Altima", which also mean nothing. Because they avoid the twin problems of overlapping with existing trademarks and copyrights and because they aren't so generic that it become easy to confuse them with offerings from other car makers. Regards, Joe

#5 of 44 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted March 16 2009 - 09:10 AM

They think the name is the problem? How about all the lame made-for-TV garbage they crank out like "Alien Vs. Hunter" or the sure-to-be-in-production "CHIMP!".

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Posted March 16 2009 - 09:43 AM

This means even more wrastling. Why is Sci-Fi turning into Spike?
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Posted March 16 2009 - 10:33 AM

Talk about pissing on Forrest Ackerman's grave...

Turns out that "syfy" actually does mean something not very nice in Polish! Posted Image

#8 of 44 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted March 16 2009 - 10:56 AM


From what I've read it is a sort of all-purpose cuss word, the plural of a word originally derived from the Polish for "syphillis" and which can mean - depending on context - anything from "pimple" to "scum" to "crap". So the new name could be considered a form of truth in advertising. Posted Image

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Posted March 16 2009 - 10:58 AM

I can understand why they want to get from the sci-fi nerd stereotype but they just changed it from Sci-Fi to SyFy. That's like if my name was Chris and I changed it to Khris- what's the point of the name change when it's still said the same way and in the case of the channel, it still brings up the same stereotype that they want to get away from?

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Posted March 16 2009 - 11:11 AM

This makes me so angry, that I now need to go watch an episode of my favorite sci-fi series, Star Track. Yeah! Posted Image

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Posted March 16 2009 - 11:13 AM

Worst marketing decision I've ever seen by network. Time to start calling it "Siffy".

#12 of 44 OFFLINE   Steve Berger

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Posted March 16 2009 - 11:29 AM

What? They didn't like Skiffy?

#13 of 44 OFFLINE   Roger_R

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Posted March 16 2009 - 11:35 AM

"Imagine Greater".... what? It's not even a sentence. :S If they wanted a channel without science fiction, why not make a new one instead of turning the existing science fiction channel into something else? Executives make no sense to me.

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Posted March 16 2009 - 01:52 PM

After Galactica is done, i wont have a reason to watch, at all. They also stopped being Sci-Fi when you could watch the movie Always on USA, and Sci-Fi...at the same time! Cause as you know Always, is pure Sci-Fi...rrrriigghht.

#15 of 44 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted March 16 2009 - 02:17 PM

I thought the same thing but then I remembered Caprica.

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Posted March 16 2009 - 07:17 PM

Hehe, that's right up there with trying to market the Chevy Nova in spanish speaking countries. For those that don't know any spanish "no va" pretty much translates to "no go", which doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence in potential car-buying customers. And now we have the Pimple Network starting in July. And here I thought they were trying to get away from the pimply geek image.

#17 of 44 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted March 17 2009 - 12:31 AM

Dumbest. Move. Ever. Why didn't they do the intelligent thing and rename it something like ImagineTV or the Imagine Network? It still covers all the points that they want the name change to make, it's spelled correctly AND it doesn't look ridiculous.

#18 of 44 OFFLINE   Mary_P

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Posted March 17 2009 - 01:06 AM

It sounds like something badly translated from the original Japanese. And, um, "Syfy" is seen as less geeky than Sci-Fi? Er, um, okaaaayyyyy.... (Well, it is less geeky in that most geeks I know -- and I'm including myself here -- can spell.)

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Posted March 17 2009 - 02:33 AM


I'd trade in my Altima for an Ultima Posted Image

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Posted March 17 2009 - 02:37 AM

Stargate SG-1/Atlantis/Universe producer Joseph Mallozzi (doesn't) comment on the name change in his blog. Posted Image




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