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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

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC3, Universal TV
Summary: Chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, the elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of a sexual nature.
Starring: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer


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


Chicago Med

Genre: Drama
Channel: M-Net, M-Net City, M-Net Family, e.tv, Universal TV
Summary: Medical drama which follows the day-to-day chaos of the city's most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together.
Starring: Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Friday 6 May

06 May 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
BBC Earth follows Stephen Fry in Central America and Private Eyes returns to Universal.


New on TV today: Monday 4 April

04 Apr 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
You're covered on SA TV tonight, with 18 new and returning shows starting across 14 channels.


New on TV today: Friday 4 March

04 Mar 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Private Eyes returns to Universal and thriller Pieces of Her drops on Netflix.



LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Tuesday 17 May

Two shows returns on eReality: Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian and Snapped.


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When your secret gets exposed on TV. This is the Mo-ment that confronts Dintle on Thursday.


Scandal! Teasers - June 2022

The Kubekas are in trouble and Omphile reveals secret truths.


New on TV today: Monday 16 May

Comedy-drama The Bisexual is new on S3 as M-Net searches for The Time Traveler's Wife.


New on TV today: Sunday 15 May

CBS Justice dives into the Lovers' Lane Murders, as Discovery follows the Bee Czar.


New on TV today: Saturday 14 May

Bettany Hughes' Treasures of the World starts on BBC Earth as SABC1 goes A Cut Above the Rest.


Elif 3 Teasers - June 2022

Serdar's life is falling apart.


Getroud met Rugby Teasers - June 2022

Kristien is missing!


New on TV today: Friday 13 May

Period drama The Essex Serpent launches on Apple TV+ and Mash-Up Our Home is new on HGTV.


KykNET & Kie jumps on the Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela bandwagon

They're starting with these two shows while eExtra's future on DStv remains in question.

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