Hallmark Channel is a defunct South African satellite channel which was rebranded as Universal Channel when it was purchased from Sparrowhawk Media in 2007 by NBC Universal and which aired on the DStv platform, specialising in series and movies that are appropriate for the whole family.
DStv: Channel 108
576i (SDTV, 4:3)
Hallmark Channel began life as Hallmark Entertainment Network on DStv when the satellite platform was launched by MultiChoice on 6 October, 1995. It later changed its name to Hallmark Channel.
Hallmark Channel offered police procedurals such as NCIS, Numb3rs and Law & Order; drama series including Cane, the medical drama House and the psychological thriller Flashpoint; as well as British series Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders; and high-production-value made-for-TV movies.
NBC Universal added Hallmark to its channel portfolio through the acquisition of Sparrowhawk Media in 2007 and the channel consistently ranked as one of the top-10 pay-TV channels on the DStv platform.
Hallmark Channel was discontinued on 24 March, 2010 and rebranded as Universal Channel.