Sci Fi feels Pulse of broadband

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Sci Fi Channel is getting into the broadband business, launching new channel Pulse online on May 8.

Pulse was one of just many new developments Sci Fi unveiled Wednesday during its "upfront" presentation to advertisers and the media, including a potential prequel spin-off to Battlestar Galactica from the hit series' executive producers.

Pulse will premiere next month with a mix of recycled original series and movies, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and other video extras. Exclusive original content including "webisode" spin-offs of prime-time series and a weekly news show will be added in the summer. Sci Fi will go as far as testing potential series pilots online for viewer feedback.

Sci Fi will stay busy on the main channel as well, having ordered an eight-hour series, Motel Man, for next year. A six-hour miniseries, Chariots of the Gods, based on the best-selling book by Erich von Daniken, is also in development.

Galactica executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick are working on Caprica, which traces the evolution of the Cylon species featured in the mothership show.

Elsewhere in scripted series development, The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie is producing Persons Unknown, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Conrad Jackson are producing and writing The Bishop, while Lost producer Jesse Alexander is working on Snap, an Internet conspiracy thriller.

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