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Universal Channel

Broadcast on: DStv
Active from: 24 Mar 2010
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About

Universal Channel 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 Channel 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.


Latest Updated Shows

The Librarians

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Channel: Universal Channel, eExtra
Summary: A series based on the Librarian telefilms which follows four new characters who work for The Library and do battle with the Serpent Brotherhood.
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth


NCIS

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC2, Hallmark Channel, Sony Channel, Universal Channel, M-Net, M-Net City
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


NCIS: New Orleans

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, Universal Channel, M-Net City
Summary: Drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its decadence.
Starring: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Monday 13 August

13 Aug 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons | 3 comments
Survivor returns to SABC3, fantasy drama The Outpost features on Universal and Fear the Walking Dead resumes on SundanceTV.


New on TV today: Wednesday 27 June

27 Jun 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Tough guy Ross Kemp goes to jail on BBC Brit and Discovery Science has a documentary series about the history of Silicon Valley.


New on TV today: Friday 15 June

15 Jun 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
FOX Life has two new true crime series, M-Net has a returning drama and Universal has the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.


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