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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

Two and a Half Men

Genre: Comedy
Channel: M-Net, SABC3, Universal Channel, Comedy Central Africa, 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


Bones

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC3, FX Africa, FOX Africa, Universal Channel
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 Channel, 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 26 September

26 Sep 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Louis Theroux tackles Scientology on BBC Brit, Law & Order SVU returns to Universal and The Impostor starts a run on eExtra.


New on TV today: Thursday 20 September

20 Sep 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Win a Home returns to SABC3, Southern Charm New Orleans starts on Vuzu and Murder Comes to Town on IDx.


New on TV today: Sunday 16 September

16 Sep 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Miniseries Emjindini starts on SABC1, the Model Squad party hard on E! and BBC Earth uncovers Secrets of the Dinosaur Crater.


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