NBCUniversal International Networks

NBCUniversal International Networks, formerly NBC Universal Global Networks and Universal Networks International, is a part of NBCUniversal., owned by Comcast.


When NBC Universal was formed in 2004, it owned many entertainment television channels in Europe and Latin America. These were mostly a few international versions of the Sci Fi Channel, three action and suspense series channels in Europe, the Italian Studio Universal channel and the Latin American version of the USA Network.

In 2007 NBC Universal acquired Sparrowhawk Media Group, which at the time was a British private equity-backed media company managing a collection of digital television channels, and integrated it into NBC Universal Global Networks.[1][2] The purchase more than doubled the number of international channels in NBC Universal's portfolio. Sparrowhawk's crown jewel was an international network of drama channels available on most continents under the Hallmark Channel brand, but Diva TV, Movies 24, and KidsCo channels were also available.

On 5 October 2009, it was announced that the venture would be renamed Universal Networks International and focus its attention on five channel brands, all with "Universal" in their name:[3]

  • Universal Channel
  • 13th Street Universal
  • Syfy Universal
  • Diva Universal
  • Studio Universal

Altogether, the company broadcast about 70 different channels by 2009.[4]

The overhaul started in late 2009 and progressed during 2010. Most of the international Sci Fi channels were rebranded as Syfy Universal. The Hallmark Channel brand was also phased out in most markets during 2010. Typically, it was replaced by the Universal Channel brand in markets where that brand wasn't available before. In many markets where Universal Channel was already present, Hallmark Channel was replaced by either Studio Universal, Diva Universal or 13th Street Universal.

Following the merger of NBCUniversal and Comcast in 2011, the following channels are also operated and distributed by NBCUniversal:


Australia and New Zealand




Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and Switzerland









  • Diva Universal


Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia

Spain & Portugal

United Kingdom and Ireland

Former channels in Europe

Middle East and North Africa

Latin America (operated and distributed by HBO Latin America Group)


South Korea

Southeast Asia


South Asia


  • CNBC Pakistan (franchisely operated by Vision Network Television Limited)

Sub-Saharan Africa

United States and Canada

High Definition

On the January 26, 2009, Sci Fi became the first of the NBC Universal Global Network channels to begin broadcasting in High Definition within the UK. It will provide a simulcast of the Sci Fi Channel exclusively on Sky+HD channel 214, and will air UK HD premieres such as Eli Stone and Flash Gordon.

Video on demand

NBCUniversal International introduced Hayu in March 2016 in the United Kingdom. The subscription video on demand service offers reality programs such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.[5]


  1. ^ "NBC Universal agrees to buy Sparrowhawk Media". Reuters. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  2. ^ "NBC Universal buys 18 Hallmark channels outside the U.S. - International Herald Tribune". www.iht.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  3. ^ "NBC Universal in content and branding push". Broadcast. October 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Universal Networks to focus on 5 channels". Broadband TV News. October 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Tribbey, Chris (March 28, 2016). "New NBCUniversal On-Demand Service Seeks Niche in U.K.". Broadcasting & Cable: 16–17.

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13th Street (TV channel)

13th Street (France: 13ème Rue, Spain: Calle 13 and Poland: 13 Ulica) is a television channel specializing in action, suspense and police procedural programs and movies. It is owned by NBCUniversal and was launched in France on 13 November 1997, later followed by Germany on 1 May 1998, Spain in 1999 and the Netherlands on 30 May 2007.13th Street was added to the Foxtel platform in Australia on 15 November 2009 and a new timeshift channel 13th Street+2 was added in 2010. In that same year, on 13 September, the channel was launched in Poland.

The channel changed its logo and name into 13th Street Universal on 13 October 2010. However, in March 2017 the channel got rebranded and dropped the Universal suffix.13th Street officially closed in the Netherlands and Flanders on 1 July 2016.

Bravo (New Zealand)

Bravo is the second New Zealand television channel owned and operated by MediaWorks New Zealand and NBCUniversal International Networks, broadcast via the state-owned Kordia transmission network and on MediaWorks' website ThreeNow. The channel launched on 3 July 2016. Bravo focuses on design, food, glamour and pop culture.

Coroner (TV series)

Coroner is a Canadian drama television series based on the Jenny Cooper series of novels by M. R. Hall and developed by Morwyn Brebner. The series stars Serinda Swan as Jenny Cooper, a recently-widowed Toronto coroner who investigates suspicious deaths.The series premiered on CBC in January 2019, and attracted 1 million viewers per episode throughout the first season. The series was subsequently renewed for second season.

Diva (Asia TV channel)

Diva (formerly Diva Universal) is an Asian pay television channel owned and operated by Universal Networks International. It was first launched in 1997 as the Southeast Asian variant of Hallmark Channel, before being rebranded in 2009 as Diva Universal, dropping the "Universal" name in 2014.

Diva (TV network)

Diva, formerly Diva Universal, is a woman-based entertainment channel owned by Universal Networks International.

The list of Diva channels includes:

Diva (Asia TV channel)

Diva Universal (Philippines) defunct

Diva Universal (Bulgaria) defunct

Diva Universal (Italy) defunct

Diva Universal (Romania) currently

Diva Universal (Russia) defunct

Diva Adria (Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia)

DreamWorks Channel

DreamWorks Channel is a pay television network that is owned and operated by NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast. It first launched in Southeast Asia.

Singapore-based broadcaster HBO Asia was contracted to handle marketing, sales and technical services for the channel in Southeast Asia.The rights for DreamWorks Animation's programming in the United States are handled by Netflix and other networks. DWA programming, both in new and archive forms, make up the primetime and early day schedules of new sister network Universal Kids, which launched in the United States on 9 September 2017 over the channel space of the current Sprout network.

E! (European TV channel)

E! is a European television channel, operated by E! Entertainment Europe B.V. and owned by NBCUniversal. It features entertainment-related programming, reality television and Hollywood gossip and news. E! currently has an audience reach of 600 million homes internationally.

HBO Latin America Group

HBO Latin America is a company which owns several pay television networks in the region of Latin America. It is a joint venture between WarnerMedia and Ole Communications.

In Latin America, the channels owned by WarnerMedia Entertainment who broadcasts TNT, CNN International, CNN en Español, truTV, Cartoon Network, Chilevisión and other sister channels and HBO Latin America Group, which broadcasts other related channels.

List of assets owned by NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a media conglomerate that is a subsidiary of Comcast and is headquartered at the Comcast Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has film, television, cable networks, and publishing operations.This is a listing of all of its brands, as shown at the company's website.

List of television stations in the United Kingdom

This list of linear television stations in the United Kingdom refers to television in the United Kingdom which is available from digital terrestrial, satellite, cable, and IPTV providers, with an estimated more than 480 channels.

Papaya Bull

Papaya Bull is a Brazilian cartoon series, which is being shown by Nickelodeon Brazil. The series is a co-production of Boutique Filmes, Nickelodeon and NBCUniversal International Networks. Produced by Birdo Studio, who also worked on Oswaldo's Cartoon Network and TV Cultura, and 52 Animation Studio.

The first season of Papaya Bull has 13 episodes and 26 segments and debuted Oct. 2 in Brazil at 11am on Nickelodeon.. For now, there is no forecast for a second season of the series.

Inspired by the folklore of the state of Santa Catarina, with characters with names of beaches of the state capital, Florianopolis, the animation Papaya Bull debuted on October 2, 2017, in its native country, through Nickelodeon Brazil. The idea of using the papaya steer as the basis for the story was by Ricardo Peres and Rodrigo Eller, 52 Animation Studio.

Syfy (Dutch TV channel)

See Syfy Universal for a list of other Syfy channels.Syfy was a Dutch-language pay television channel service specialising in science fiction, fantasy, and horror shows and movies. The channel launched in 2007 as a sister channel to the US Sci Fi Channel, with a similar programming line-up. Syfy operated as a channel service of Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal.

Sci-Fi Channel had previously been available in Benelux in the 1990s. Failing to attract audiences, the channel withdrew from the Benelux and Scandinavia at the end of 1998, focusing on their UK service instead.An HD-simulcast started through UPC Netherlands on 1 May 2013.It officially ceased broadcasting on 1 July 2016.

Syfy (Germany)

See Sci Fi Channel for a list of other Sci Fi channels.Syfy is a German pay television channel, launched on 1 September 2003. It was the third Sci Fi Channel to be launched, following the US and U.K. versions. From 2003 until 2010, it was known as the Sci-Fi channel.

Syfy (Latin America)

See Syfy Universal for a list of other Syfy/Sci Fi channels.Syfy is a Latin American channel dedicated to science fiction and fantasy programming, owned by Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal. The local version of the channel, available both in Spanish- and Portuguese-language feeds (for Spanish-speaking countries and for Brazil, respectively), was launched in 2007.

Until October 10, 2010, Syfy was known as Sci Fi.

The Brazilian feed of the channel, as well as its sister network, Studio Universal, is operated since mid-July 2012 by the joint venture between Universal Networks International and Grupo Globo-owned Globosat which already operated the Brazilian version of Universal Channel.

Telemundo Africa

Telemundo Africa an African cable television channel broadcast on 12 August 2013 by DStv in more than 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Owned by NBCUniversal International Networks, the channel programming is dedicated to the Spanish-language telenovelas produced by Telemundo Television Studios. The channel is available in English and Portuguese.

Television in the Netherlands

Television in the Netherlands was officially introduced in 1951. In the Netherlands, the television market is divided between a number of commercial networks, such as RTL Nederland, and a system of public broadcasters sharing three channels, NPO 1, NPO 2, and NPO 3. Imported programmes (except those for children), as well as news interviews with responses in a foreign language, are almost always shown in their original language, with subtitles.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire

The Real Housewives of Cheshire (often abbreviated to RHOCheshire) is a British reality television series broadcast on ITVBe. The show premiered on 12 January 2015 and is based on The Real Housewives franchise. It is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal International Networks, and Monkey Kingdom, an NBC Universal owned British production company. The Real Housewives of Cheshire chronicles the lives of several affluent housewives who reside in Cheshire, England.The series originally focused on Ampika Pickston, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon, Leanne Brown, Magali Gorré and Tanya Bardsley. Of the original housewives, Gorré left after the second series, Pickston shortly after the fifth, Brown after the sixth, and Simon after the eighth. The remaining housewives joined in later series: Seema Malhotra in the third, Ester Dohnalová in the fifth, Rachel Lugo in the sixth, and both Hanna Miraftab and Perla Navia in the eighth. Other housewives include Missé Beqiri (series 3-4), Stacey Forsey (series 3-7), and Nermina Pieters-Mekic (series 6-7).

Universal TV

Universal TV, formerly Universal Channel, is a television channel specializing in movies and television series in the thriller, drama, comedy, horror, crime and investigation genres, owned by NBCUniversal International Networks, a division of NBCUniversal and available on satellite and cable platforms. They were formerly branded as USA Network until 2003 when the name was changed to take more advantage of the Universal branding, but continue programming as that network does like a general interest network.

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TV5 Network
GMA Network
Disney DTCI
(VIMN Philippines)
Blue Ant Media
A&E Networks Philippines
Celestial Tiger Entertainment Philippines
Discovery Philippines
JJ MediaWorks
(Plus Media Networks)
NBCUniversal Philippines
Sony Pictures
(SPTN Philippines)
beIN Media Group
G Sat
(First United Broadcasting Corporation)
Philippine-only feed
NBCUniversal International Networks
Australia & New Zealand
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Latin America
Universal Parks
& Resorts
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