Comcast: Sci Fi to Digital in Chicago

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In a surprise move, Comcast Corp.’s Chicago system is moving the highly rated Sci Fi Channel from its basic service to its digital-basic tier beginning next week.

The 1.7 million-subscriber system will move Sci Fi -- which has been on a ratings roll with the success of such series as Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis -- to its digital-basic tier, which is in front of about one-half of the system’s subscribers.

Comcast Chicago vice president of communications Patricia Andrews-Keenan said Sci Fi was already on a digital tier in a number of areas within the Chicago DMA, so the move will make the tier uniform throughout the whole system.

The MSO will replace Sci Fi on its analog tier with Comcast-owned The Golf Channel.

Sci Fi representatives would not comment on the matter.

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