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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

Two and a Half Men

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


NCIS: New Orleans

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: M-Net, Universal TV, 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


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: Thursday 9 July

09 Jul 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Sketch show Famalam starts on SABC2 and Investigation Discovery dips a toe into Southern Gothic.


New on TV today: Friday 3 July

03 Jul 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
A revamped Afro Café returns to SABC2 as CuriosityStream investigates The Real War of Thrones.


New on TV today: Wednesday 17 June

17 Jun 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Gareth Cliff's talk show So What Now? debuts on eNCA and HISTORY has a quirky new show, Eating History.


LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Sunday 12 July

Ivor en die Verskilmakers starts on VIA and Two and a Half Men returns to eExtra.


Council of Dads (Season 1)

So what happens when a family man fights a grave illness, faces death, and is worried about how his wife and five kids are gonna carry on without him? He has a ...


New on TV today: Saturday 11 July

Somizi & Mohale: The Union comes to Wethu, the final season of Supernatural starts on M-Net City and Khabodacious returns to SABC2.


2020 SAMAs: Music Video and Record of the Year nominees

The SAMA public voting categories have been announced and the choice of Best Video cannot be taken lightly.


The Bold and the Beautiful on Eva Teasers - August 2020

Is there hope to find out who is threatening Hope?


Wild Skin Teasers - August 2020

Camila prevents a shooting. Also, a hit-man is hired.


Rebel in Love Teasers - August 2020

Finale alert! Agustin and Gracia go from being in cahoots to warnings being given.


New on TV today: Friday 10 July

Join 1Magic for Dinner at Somizi's or Nat Geo to uncover Lost Treasures of the Maya.


Rhythm Cityzens take on Scandal! on Family Feud South Africa

They're wrapped between Steve Harvey this Sunday, 12 July. See who's competing.


Catch-up with Iron Rose star Aracely Arámbula

From Season 1 to Season 2. Telemundo's Iron Rose gives us her take on Altagracia's inner world across seasons.

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