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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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, SABC3, Sony Channel, FOX Crime, Universal Channel, 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


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


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 season: NCIS: Los Angeles 8

04 Apr 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Universal Channel | The team travels to Syria to apprehend a High Value Target but the mission goes awry.


Police procedural: NCIS: New Orleans

08 Mar 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Universal Channel | Handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle to ensure the safety of The Big Easy.


New season: Rizzoli & Isles 7

06 Mar 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Universal Channel | In the aftermath of a shooting, the team must work overtime to find Alice Sands and bring her to justice.


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