Airlock Alpha

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Airlock Alpha
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Type of site
Science-fiction/fantasy entertainment news
Tampa, Florida
OwnerNexus Media Group Inc. [1]
Created byMichael Hinman
Greg Boubel
LaunchedAugust 13, 1998 (1998-08-13)

Airlock Alpha, formerly SyFy Portal, is an entertainment news website focusing on science-fiction, fantasy and comic book television series and films.

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After a collaboration between Michael Hinman and Greg Boubel, [1] the site debuted August 13, 1998, as "Syfyman's World", later renamed "SyFy World". In 2000, SyFy World became part of Trek Nation, the parent network of TrekToday. In 2001, the site merged with the Star Trek Portal website and relaunched as "SyFy Portal".

On February 23, 2009, the site announced a rebranding under the new name of Airlock Alpha. No reason outside of a new marketing strategy was given for the name change at the time, but on March 16, 2009, Sci Fi Channel announced that it was changing its name to Syfy, [2] and Airlock Alpha revealed that it had sold its former brand name to an undisclosed party a month earlier. [3]

Syfy is an American pay television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The channel features science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, drama, and reality programming. Syfy is available to 92.4 million households in America.

Portal awards

Airlock Alpha created the Genre Awards in 1999, which has handed out awards for genre television and movies nearly every year since. [4] It is based upon fan-based voting. [5] The awards were later renamed as the Portal Awards. [4]

Current Status

As of September 30, 2015, Airlock Alpha is uploading content and is online. [6] As of October 4, 2015, Airlock Alpha is back offline. [7] Its site is still up, but it hasn't posted any information since.

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  1. 1 2 "Frequently Asked Questions". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. Elliott, Stuart (2009-03-15). "Sci Fi Channel Has A New Name; Now, It's Syfy". New York Times. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
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  4. 1 2 Hinman, Michael (2009-08-24). "10 Years Of Portal Awards Winners". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
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