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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

Two and a Half Men

Genre: Comedy
Channel: M-Net, SABC3, Universal TV, Comedy Central Africa, eExtra, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Zone, Vuzu
Summary: Sitcom about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love.
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones


Numb3rs

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: Hallmark Channel, Top One, SABC3, SABC2, CBS Action, FOX Africa, Universal TV
Summary: Numb3rs is a drama about an FBI agent who recruits his mathematical-genius brother to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes.
Starring: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch


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


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Friday 20 March

20 Mar 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Three fierce new shows drop on Netflix and a reboot of Ripley's Believe It or Not! stars on Travel Channel.


New on TV today: Sunday 8 March

08 Mar 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Retro-cool comedy-drama Agent debuts on SABC1 and Nat Geo documents a Syrian hospital called The Cave.


New on TV today: Tuesday 11 February

11 Feb 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Spin-off series Life After Lockup debuts on 1Magic as crime-fighting duo Hudson & Rex returns to Universal.


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New on TV today: Friday 3 April

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