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View Poll Results: a RETRO scifi Channel...only!
I'd watch; would be cool. 47 79.66%
Eh....not a big deal. 12 20.34%
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Old February 2 2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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a retro SCIFI channel?

I liked the SCIFI channel best when it showed old scifi shows; Six Million Dollar Man, The Hulk, Dr.Whos, but now its nothing but cheap made for scifi stuff (Caprica not included, I like this show). But would you watch a scifi-retro show that only showed scifi TV/Movies from, oh, 1980 going backward from there? Meaning no Stargates, or modern Trek shows, but old scifi? Hell, I guess you could include the 80s, but thats as modern as I would go...

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Old February 2 2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Could work. Doesn't Cartoon Network have something similar, where they air the old Hanna-Barbera stuff?


The only problem with classic Doctor Who is that it's serialized, so they'll either play a whole serial which would last many hours or cut it up. Also, even the flashier new Doctor Who struggled on the network (But it seemed to find it's American home on BBC America)
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Old February 2 2010, 10:42 PM   #3
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

RobertScorpio wrote: View Post
I liked the SCIFI channel best when it showed old scifi shows; Six Million Dollar Man, The Hulk, Dr.Whos, but now its nothing but cheap made for scifi stuff (Caprica not included, I like this show). But would you watch a scifi-retro show that only showed scifi TV/Movies from, oh, 1980 going backward from there? Meaning no Stargates, or modern Trek shows, but old scifi? Hell, I guess you could include the 80s, but thats as modern as I would go...

Rob
I'm with you 100%. The last time I liked the Sci-Fi channel was in the early to mid-ninties when they were playing the old shows that you mentioned. Once they started making their own cheap programming I completely lost interest. I'd definitely watch the channel you described.
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Old February 2 2010, 10:51 PM   #4
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

I'd rather have a Classic Nickelodeon channel first, but I'm for this idea.
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Old February 2 2010, 10:51 PM   #5
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

Mr. Sin wrote: View Post
Could work. Doesn't Cartoon Network have something similar, where they air the old Hanna-Barbera stuff?
Yes. I think it's still called Boomerang.
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Old February 2 2010, 10:57 PM   #6
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

I'd definitely watch such programming. "Land of the Giants", "Fantastic Voyage", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "The Time Tunnel", all of those old sci-fi movies that nobody shows anymore.....

I wonder, as others have alluded, if SyFy could spin off a channel like this, in the same manner as Cartoon Network has with Boomerang, or Nickelodeon with TV-Land.
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Old February 2 2010, 11:10 PM   #7
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

SG-17 wrote: View Post
I'd rather have a Classic Nickelodeon channel first, but I'm for this idea.
They have a channel that shows the old cartoons (Ren & Stimpy, Rocko). Plus a few of the old stuff is on DVD now, Pete & Pete has the first two seasons released.
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Old February 2 2010, 11:30 PM   #8
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

RobertScorpio wrote: View Post
but old scifi? Hell, I guess you could include the 80s, but thats as modern as I would go...
Yes for now with cable being such niche channels why not?
1950s-1980s science fiction on TV.
That includes The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, 1950s scifi TV (if any still exists).
This would obviously be a standard definition channel as the cost to retelecine to HD is not worth the R.O.I. for ad sales and carriage costs.

Possibly even TV movies such as the original "V" miniseries.
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Old February 2 2010, 11:35 PM   #9
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Neroon wrote: View Post
I'd definitely watch such programming. "Land of the Giants", "Fantastic Voyage", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "The Time Tunnel", all of those old sci-fi movies that nobody shows anymore.....

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Old February 2 2010, 11:35 PM   #10
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

My Brother and I were just talking about this over the weekend. It would be great to have a Retro Sci Fi Channel airing that old stuff. Not that I don't like Sciffy's original programming-- I actually enjoy most, if not all, of it-- but I'd love to have the classics around, too. Of course, I wouldn't have time to actually watch it, but I support the idea in principle.

I also wish I had the Chiller Channel.
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Old February 2 2010, 11:55 PM   #11
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

I just want a "Sci-Fi" Channel (not Syfy) that shows good science fiction programming (new or old), and doesn't make crappy made-for-TV films, or show wrestling.
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Old February 2 2010, 11:59 PM   #12
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Yes.
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Old February 3 2010, 12:06 AM   #13
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Re: a retro SCIFI channel?

This will never happen.

If we ever get a retro Sci-Fi channel, it will be on the web. I could get into a Hulu-esque website just showing all those oldies.
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Old February 3 2010, 12:07 AM   #14
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I am 100% on board - it'd be cheaper for the network you'd think. Nothing like Buck Rogers reruns baby!
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Old February 3 2010, 01:01 AM   #15
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Scifi Tv Land!
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