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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

Last Man Standing

Genre: Comedy
Channel: M-Net, Universal TV, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Zone, M-Net City, Vuzu
Summary: Mike Baxter is a world voyager and one daredevil of a marketing director who is about to face his greatest challenge yet... his own family.
Starring: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney


NCIS: Los Angeles

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, Universal TV, SABC3, e.tv, 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


Chicago P.D.

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, M-Net Edge, M-Net City, e.tv, Universal TV
Summary: From the team behind Chicago Fire comes a drama about the men and women of District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect.
Starring: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Tuesday 11 August

11 Aug 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Black Lightning returns to 1Magic and NCIS: Los Angeles has a new season on Universal.


New on TV today: Monday 10 August

10 Aug 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Travel investigates True Terror with Robert Englund as BBC Earth documents Simon Reeve's Sacred Rivers.


New on TV today: Wednesday 5 August

05 Aug 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
BBC First drops the thriller We Hunt Together as HISTORY follows trash-hunters Irish Pickers.


LATEST ARTICLES

Die Presidentsvrou Teasers - October 2020

Leonardo asks Paloma to marry but she's reluctant.


The Inseparables Teasers - October 2020

Finale alert! The unborn child is threatened but everyone comes to their senses.


New on TV today: Friday 25 September

Nasty C is a Zulu Man in Japan on Netflix and a new season of Lost Gold of WWII starts on HISTORY.


New on TV today: Thursday 24 September

There's a World on Fire on M-Net and another Race Across the World on BBC Earth.


Idols 16: Top 16 girls' song choices

Oh girls just wanna have fun.


Meet the new characters on Arendsvlei's upsized Season 3

See who's coming to town from Monday (28th).


Deur Dik en Dun Teasers - October 2020

Sureyya leaves and then returns causing mayhem. Also, the exhumation takes place.


Series Review: Lovecraft Country Episode 6

The show hits a hot streak of great TV. A five star episode. Anti-war. A true love story.


Gebroke Harte 3 - October 2020

A sad farewell leads to a shocking reading of a will.


New on TV today: Wednesday 23 September

Discovery takes you on an Expedition to the Edge as Lifetime investigates Hell in the Heartland.

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