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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

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


The Librarians

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Channel: Universal Channel
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: Los Angeles

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, Universal Channel, SABC3, M-Net Series Zone, Mzansi Magic, M-Net Edge, M-Net City
Summary: Crime drama about the Office of Special Projects, a division of NCIS charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat.
Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Peter Cambor, Daniela Ruah


Latest Articles

New season: The Librarians 4

21 Dec 2017 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Universal Channel | A secret sect of the Vatican Church unearths an ancient map that could destroy The Library.


Police procedural: NCIS: New Orleans

01 Nov 2017 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Universal Channel | A spin-off of NCIS which handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle.


Cape Town: the star of Universal's new serial killer miniseries

07 Sep 2016 | Written by: Tashi | From: Tashi's TV | 1 comment
A new six part murder mystery premieres tonight with Cape Town as the headline act.




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