Apparently, the Sci-Fi Channel has realized that most of their programming appeals to nerds, which usually happen to be Science Fiction fans.
So, they decided they'd go with a less "geeky" name to appeal to a wider audience and change the perception people have of their network.
The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.Yes, it's all about money and marketing, of course. And they want their own unique "brand" (along with better ratings) that will also appeal to women (who I guess they don't realize can also be geeks and also watch their shows.)We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi,” Mr. Brooks said. “It’s somewhat cooler and better than the name ‘Science Fiction.’ But even the name Sci Fi is limiting.
But they want to shed their "geeky" science fiction image because ... I have no idea. You'd think being known as the "Geek Channel" would be a good thing, since that's where most of their viewers come in, right? maybe not.
A few of the shows I can remember watching in the past were Sliders, the Saturday Anime block of 80's dubbed anime (back in 97, now called "Ani-Monday"), and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
I don't really watch tv all that much anymore, but when I do, the only shows on this channel that have anything to do with the channel (The Outer Limits, Doctor Who, Tales from the Darkside, Battlestar Galactica) usually come on really late/early in the morning (at least over here), and the rest is non-science fiction and paid programming.
So, it's probably not really the name, but the fact that their programming sucks.
Does anyone remember when it actually used to be somewhat worth watching?
Edit: I forgot about the Anti-Gravity Room! back in 95~97, it was a show about manga reviews and american comics.