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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

House

Genre: Drama
Channel: M-Net, Hallmark Channel, eExtra, M-Net Series, Universal Channel, M-Net Series Zone
Summary: Medical drama about maverick genius Gregory House, M.D., who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC3, Universal Channel
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


Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC3, Sony Channel, StarTimes One, Universal Channel, SABC1, SABC2
Summary: The third spinoff of Law & Order which follows a division of the NYPD called the "Major Case Squad" which investigates high-profile homicide cases.
Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan


Latest Articles

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.


Full list of DStv HD channels (2016)

04 Dec 2015 | Written by: TVSA Team | From: DStv
The best ever, ultimate, most frequently updated list of HD channels available on DStv.




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