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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

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


Bones

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC3, FX Africa, FOX Africa, Universal TV
Summary: When standard methods of identifying a body are useless the FBI calls in Temperance "Bones" Brennan to read clues left behind in the victim's bones.
Starring: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, SABC3, Sony Channel, FOX Crime, Universal TV, FOX Africa, FX Africa, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Zone, M-Net Edge, M-Net City
Summary: Police procedural drama about a passionate team of forensic investigators who work the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau.
Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Wednesday 16 October

16 Oct 2019 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons | 2 comments
First Dates South Africa kicks off on BBC Lifestyle as MTV Base goes Behind the Label.


New on TV today: Friday 27 September

27 Sep 2019 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
The Politician drops on Netflix, Kimora: House of Fab starts on SABC3 and Love Island USA sauces up M-Net.


New on TV today: Monday 16 September

16 Sep 2019 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons | 3 comments
Police drama The Murders starts on Universal and sword-making competish Forged in Fire returns to HISTORY.


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