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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: Thursday 11 August

11 Aug 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Mystery series Holding starts on BritBox and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return to 1Magic.


New on TV today: Monday 4 July

04 Jul 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
A whopping 19 shows start tonight, including Fantasy Island on Universal and six novelas.


New on TV today: Saturday 18 June

18 Jun 2022 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
HGTV has big reveals in Life Under Renovation as Earth's Great Rivers flow through BBC Earth.



LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Thursday 11 August

Mystery series Holding starts on BritBox and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return to 1Magic.


Die Put 2 Teasers - August 2022

Back! A first look at what to expect when Die Put returns to eExtra once Die Binnekring ends.


Scandal! Teasers - September 2022

Javas crosses a line, detective Dintle investigates and "off-limits" becomes a turn on.


New on TV today: Wednesday 10 August

Netflix builds you an Instant Dream Home as Curiosity investigates Super Slime.


New on TV today: Tuesday 9 August

Gentleman Jack returns on M-Net and I Just Killed My Dad drops on Netflix.


Generations: The Legacy Teasers - September 2022

Hottness alert! An unexpected kiss leaves two friends shocked and bewildered.


A Touch of Love Teasers - August 2022

Kosi has evil plans to steal kidneys. Human ones. #Gulp


New on TV today: Monday 8 August

Catch the Roast of Khanyi Mbau on Comedy Central or peer into Afrimaxx on Home Channel.


New on TV today: Sunday 7 August

The Executives premieres on SABC1 and SABC2 tells the story of Manche, The African Saint.


New on TV today: Saturday 6 August

The only new show tonight is the return of DJ Zinhle: The Unexpected on BET.

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