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.

Universal TV
Universal TV 2018
Universal TV logo
LaunchedSeptember 1, 2004
Owned byNBCUniversal International Networks
(operated and distributed by HBO Latin America Group)
Brazil: Universal Networks International (50%), Globosat (Grupo Globo, 50%)
(distributed by Globosat)
SloganWe are for every kind of character.
Sister channel(s)13th Street Universal
Diva Universal
Syfy Universal
Studio Universal
Movies 24
CNBC International
Style Network
Golf Channel
DreamWorks Channel
WebsiteUniversal TV Brazil
Universal TV South Africa
Universal TV Latin America
Channel 117
Channel 114
Channel 116
DirecTV Latin AmericaChannel 218 (SD)
Channel 1218 (HD)
(Mexico and Central America)
Channel 208 (SD)
Channel 1208 (HD)
Tigo Star
(Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay)
Channel 303 (SD)
Movistar TV
(South America)
Channel 510 (SD)
Channel 859 (HD)
Claro TV
(Latin America)
Channel 102 (SD)
Channel 602 (HD)
NET (Brazil)Channel 130 (SD)
Channel 630 (HD)
Channel 31
Digital TV
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 031
Movistar TV
Channel 112 (SD)
Channel 724 (HD)
Numericable (Luxembourg)Channel 107
Unifi (Malaysia)Channel 160
Moldtelecom (Moldova)Channel 114
Moja TV
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 107
Fetch TV
Channel 107

Launched in other countries

Universal Channel logo
The Universal Channel logo used from 2007 to 2010 (used till 2011 in Latin America, and Brazil)
Universal Channel Logo 2013
Universal Channel logo used from 2013 until 2018.

Original launch

Universal Channel was officially launched on December 1, 2007 in Poland (as Kanał Universal) and Romania (as Canalul Universal) and on July 1, 2008 in Southeast Asia. In Latin America the channel is owned by NBC Universal but is controlled and broadcast by Fox Latin American Channels and Globosat in Brazil.

Re-branded in selected countries

In South Africa, Hallmark Channel was re-branded under that name on March 24, 2010 for DStv subscribers. In Japan, Sci Fi Channel re-branded to that name on April 1, 2010. In Australia, Hallmark Channel re-branded to that name on July 1, 2010. In Hungary (as Universal Csatorna), Czech Republic, Slovakia and ex Yugoslav countries Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hallmark Channel was re-branded to that name on September 3, 2010. And in the Philippines, this channel was launched on July 26, 2010 and replaced the Sci Fi Channel (Philippines) which was rebranded as Universal Channel.

On October 18, 2010, the Hallmark Channel in the UK and Ireland was rebranded, adopting the Universal Channel name. On 3 May 2018, starting with the UK, they have begun the global rebrand of the channel as 'Universal TV'. In August 2018, the Brazilian feed of Universal Channel was rebranded to Universal TV, with the Latin American variant following suit on October.


Movie block

  • Universal Channel Movies

Current shows

Latin America   Poland
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia
Southeast Asia
South Africa   Australia

Former shows

Selected territories:

(a) - Latin America
(b) - Southeast Asia

See also

External links

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13th Street in Australia is owned by the same company that operates 13th Street in other countries. It is the first 13th Street in the world to use the brand new logo that was launched by Universal Networks International in October 2009 at MIPCOM On 3 November 2014, 13th Street launched a HD simulcast on Foxtel. In addition, it moved from channel 113 to channel 118 and 13th Street + 2 moved from channel 163 to channel 160. It launched on channel 110 on the IPTV service Fetch TV in 2017.

CNBC Awaaz

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Departure (TV series)

Departure is an upcoming Canadian-British TV series set to air on Global in 2019. NBCUniversal pre-bought the upcoming drama series to air on the Universal TV channel in the U.K. and Germany and 13th Street in France and Spain, as well as on Universal TV in Africa and 13th Street in Poland.

Diva (TV network)

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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)

E! (Asian TV channel)

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Focus Features

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Movies 24

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NBCUniversal International Networks

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Peacock Productions

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Syfy (Australian TV channel)

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Syfy Universal (Russia)

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Syfy replaced Sci-fi Channel on April 13, 2010

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Universal TV (Australian TV channel)

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Universal TV (German TV channel)

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Universal TV (Turkish TV channel)

Universal TV is a Turkish pay television network, owned by Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal. The network was launched in Turkey in December 2009 on D-Smart and in February 2010 on Teledünya. From March 1, 2011, the Channel is also available in its HD version exclusively on D-Smart Platform.

Universal TV broadcasts TV series and movies produced by Universal Studios, Warner Bros. International Television, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and CBS Paramount. It has aired many series for first time on Turkish TV, such as Law & Order, Flashpoint and Trauma. Also part of the programming are non-scripted shows like Flipping Out and Million Dollar Listing.

It aired series exclusively produced by Universal Studios for the first time in Turkey, such as Rookie Blue, Haven, Shattered and Fairly Legal. The network also showed many Hollywood blockbusters of various genres such as Space Jam, Maverick, Wild Wild West and Mars Attacks!.

Universal TV (UK and Ireland)

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Universal Television

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Universal Television (Somalia)

Universal Television is a Somali television channel. With its studio in London, it is the first and largest Somali TV satellite network of its type.

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Other assets:
and predecessors:
Australia & New Zealand
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Latin America


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