Syfy to Launch in Middle East, North Africa in July

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'Killjoys'

The NBCUniversal network will become available on July 8 exclusively on pay TV giant OSN.

NBCUniversal International Networks will launch Syfy in the Middle East and North Africa on pay TV giant OSN on July 8.

The companies had earlier in the year struck a new carriage deal and said they were planning to bring Syfy to the regions. The launch will expand NBCUniversal International's portfolio of channels, which includes E! Entertainment Television, in the regions.

"Syfy will bring a year-round roster of acclaimed original series, popular movies, Japanese animation, classic science fiction and fantasy programming only for OSN subscribers in the region, with Arabic subtitles available for most content," the partners said.

"We are excited to extend our channels' presence in the Middle East and North Africa with OSN's exclusive launch of Syfy," said Colin McLeod, managing director, U.K. and emerging markets, NBCUniversal International Networks. "This popular, genre-defining global brand is sure to quickly engage viewers across the region with the range of compelling programming that delivers on Syfy's 'Imagine Greater' promise."

OSN earlier this year also announced the launch of Viacom's Comedy Central as it continues to expand its lineup of foreign networks.

Emad Morcos, chief content officer of OSN, said: "Science fiction enjoys great popularity in the region, especially among youth. The addition of this globally renowned channel only on OSN further defines our credentials as the go-to network for all cutting-edge content. Syfy will be a great value addition for our subscribers who seek innovative and world-class programming."

Syfy will launch with newer series Dark Matter and Killjoys and will air competition series Face Off and shows such as Smallville, Eureka and SanctuaryThe Mummy and King Kong will also be broadcast on the channel.

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