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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: 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


The Librarians

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Channel: Universal TV, eExtra, e.tv
Summary: A series based on the Librarian telefilms which follows four new characters who work for The Library and do battle with the Serpent Brotherhood.
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Monday 30 November

30 Nov 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
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New on TV today: Wednesday 4 November

04 Nov 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Friendship is A Million Little Things on SABC3 and a new season of Power starts on e.tv.


New on TV today: Monday 5 October

05 Oct 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons | 1 comment
A whopping 17 new and returning shows start tonight, including e.tv's new medical novela Durban Gen.



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