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New SCI FI Pulse Broadband Video Channel Launched

The SCI FI network has launched its new content-rich online broadband channel, SCI FI Pulse. The launch lineup includes full episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and GHOST HUNTERS, deleted scenes from those shows, as well as from Stargate SG-1. The channel offers the popular BATTLESTAR videoblogs by exec producer David Eick, audition tapes for the new reality show, WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO, behind-the-scenes featurettes from BATTLESTAR and DR. WHO, a full complement of channel ID spots, brand films and more.

Viewers will also help discover SCI FI's next SCI FI Friday hit by responding to l potential series pilots that will be posted online for feedback.

Throughout the year, SCI FI Pulse will unleash an aggressive slate of online programming:

TV 360 WEBISODESAs part of NBC Universal's overall commitment to "TV 360" content, every SCI FI Channel show in development will have a unique broadband component, such as the recent live online psychic readings by Char Margolis, the popular videoblogs of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA exec producer Eick and the online voting for WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? where users will be able view online audition videos and choose one of the contestants for SCI FI's newest reality series. Additionally, SCI FI Pulse is already working with the creative talents behind some of SCI FI's top original series to produce dramatic webisode spin-offs. Development is underway on original webisodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the soon-to-debut EUREKA and the upcoming limited series event MOTEL MAN (working title).

EXPOSURE FILM FESTIVALSCI FI's unique online short film festival offers filmmakers an unprecedented opportunity to impress online voters and have their short film voted into a two-hour special that will air on SCI FI, and possibly other NBC Universal channels. Viewers will then vote for the best film from the special. The top-voted filmmakers will win the opportunity to be involved in creating one of SCI FI's Saturday night action movies.

ONLINE PILOTSRewriting the rules of TV development, SCI FI puts greenlight power in the hands of viewers. Several potential series pilots will be posted online for viewer feedback. The fate of these "online pilots" will be determined in large part by their reception on SCI FI Pulse. Viewers may have a hand in discovering SCI FI's next SCI FI Friday hit. SCI FI plans to debut its first online pilot in June accompanied by an online feedback survey created by the research department.

"SCI FI has always been dominant in the digital arena because forward-thinking is part of its DNA," said Bonnie Hammer, president, USA Network. "Genre fans are early adopters who embraced our award-winning website and original web content from day one, and we're confident that we'll expand that huge audience with our fantastic broadband programming."

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic website, www.scifi.com, and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

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