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Universal TV

Broadcast on: DStv
Active from: 24 Mar 2010
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About

Universal TV (known as Universal Channel from March 2010 to May 2018) is a South African television channel broadcast exclusively on DStv which specialises in movies and television series in the thriller, drama, comedy, horror, crime and investigation genres.

It is owned by Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal and offers character-driven entertainment in the form of a mix of series and films, with a focus on memorable, magnetic characters who trigger an emotional response.

AVAILABILITY

DStv: Channel 117
Bouquet: Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family

VIEWER PROFILE

DStv Adults, female skew

PICTURE FORMAT

1080i (HDTV, 16:9) - DStv

SLOGAN

"100% Characters."

ABOUT

Universal TV is a family-friendly channel that strives to provide an intelligent and entertaining experience. It was officially launched on 1 December, 2007 in Poland and Romania.

In South Africa, Hallmark Channel was re-branded under the name Universal Channel and went live on MultiChoice's DStv bouquet on 24 March, 2010, at 21h00.

The re-branded channel retained all the elements that made it popular on the DStv platform (ie. high quality series and films) but with an emphasis on premium, original first run content.

First-run shows to broadcast on the channel include Haven, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (from Season 8 in 2010; the first seven seasons aired on SABC3), Fairly Legal, Being Erica, Jack Hunter, Numb3rs, Flashpoint and Rookie Blue.

In May 2018, Universal Channel was rebranded as Universal TV.

LOGOS

March 2010 - May 2018

Universal Channel logo

Since May 2018

Universal TV logo


Latest Updated Shows

NCIS

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC2, Hallmark Channel, Sony Channel, Universal TV, M-Net, M-Net City, SABC3
Summary: NCIS is a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.
Starring: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sasha Alexander


Unforgettable

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net Series, M-Net Series Zone, eExtra, eBella, Universal TV, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Edge, M-Net Family
Summary: Detective Carrie Wells has a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything she has ever seen or heard.
Starring: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Michael Gaston


Last Man Standing

Genre: Comedy
Channel: M-Net, Universal TV, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Zone, M-Net City, Vuzu
Summary: Mike Baxter is a world voyager and one daredevil of a marketing director who is about to face his greatest challenge yet... his own family.
Starring: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Tuesday 19 October

19 Oct 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
A new show joins two returning ones on VIA, as med drama Nurses returns to Universal.


New on TV today: Friday 8 October

08 Oct 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons | 1 comment
Wounds open up in 1Magic's new medical drama as BET tackles the 7 Deadly Sins.


New on TV today: Thursday 30 September

30 Sep 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Diggstown returns with Season 2 on Universal as S3 deals with Little Fires Everywhere.



LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Sunday 24 October

Discovery unveils The Earthshot Prize and ID documents serial killer The Grim Sleeper.


New on TV today: Saturday 23 October

HISTORY asks Why Do the Brits Win Every War? and Kom ons Braai returns to VIA.


DiepCity Teasers - November 2021

Double dating at its best.


Lingashoni Teasers - November 2021

A body is identified.


The Estate on S3 Teasers - November 2021

Shadrack disappears. Also, Tessa joins a cult.


Netflix calls for filmmakers for anthology series: African Folktales, Reimagined

Everything you need to know about this search for six filmmakers.


New on TV today: Friday 22 October

Atlanta 2 starts on S3 and two new animated adult comedies drop on Netflix.


New! Mismatched Teasers - October 2021

Introducing the first teasers for Star Life's third new series of October, with a premiere on the 28th.


The River 4 on 1Magic Teasers - November 2021

Detective Tshabalala has to confront his marriage issues.


Imbewu Teasers - November 2021

Khanyo’s madness is uncontrollable! Also: Fikile starts a fire.

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