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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

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


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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


NCIS

Genre: Drama, Police Procedural
Channel: SABC2, Hallmark Channel, Sony Channel, Universal TV, M-Net, M-Net City, SABC3
Summary: NCIS is a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.
Starring: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sasha Alexander


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Thursday 4 March

04 Mar 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
New crime drama Hightown starts on M-Net and mystery novela The End comes to Timeless Dizi Channel.


New on TV today: Wednesday 24 February

24 Feb 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
South Africa with Gregg Wallace starts on BBC Lifestyle and VIA debuts two true crime series.


New on TV today: Tuesday 26 January

26 Jan 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is new to 1Magic and Undercover Billionaire returns to Discovery.



LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Sunday 7 March

Da Vinci goes Searching for Superhuman, the kykNET Fiëstas air live and TAR returns to M-Net.


New on TV today: Saturday 6 March

Docu-comedy Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! starts on Comedy Central and The Greatest Dancer returns on SABC3.


Who's in, who's out on Uzalo Season 7

Uzalo attempts to recreate its heyday by bringing back iconic early season characters.


Promised Love Teasers - March 2021

Noor admits that she hired the hitman.


Complicated Love Teasers - March 2021

Mishti is feeling guilty!


Queen of the South 2 Teasers - April 2021

Back! For a new season after a whopping seven years since Season 1. Nine years have passed…


Close Enemies 2 -Teasers - April 2021

Series finale! A DEA agent organizes an escape?


Law of the Heart Teasers - April 2021

Adoption can be a long, drawn out process.


New on TV today: Friday 5 March

Dating #NoFilter returns to SABC3 and Curiosity Channel documents History's Greatest Homes.


Generations: The Legacy Teasers - April 2021

Lesedi falls victim to exactly what she judged others for.

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