Universal Channel

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Universal Channel
Universal Channel Logo 2013.svg
Universal Channel logo
Launched September 1, 2004
Owned by NBCUniversal International Networks
(NBCUniversal/Comcast)
(operated and distributed by HBO Latin America Group)
Brazil: Universal Networks International (50%), Globosat (Grupo Globo, 50%)
(distributed by Globosat)
Slogan 100% Characters
Sister channel(s) 13th Street Universal
Diva Universal
Syfy Universal
Studio Universal
Movies 24
CNBC International
E!
Style Network
Golf Channel
Universal HD
DreamWorks Channel
Euronews
Africanews
Website Universal Channel Brazil
Universal Channel Germany
Universal Channel South Africa
Universal Channel Australia
Universal Channel Latin America
Availability
DStv
(East & West Africa)
Channel 117
DStv
(South Africa)
Channel 117
Foxtel
(Australia)
Channel 116
Austar
(Australia)
Channel 116
Cable
NET (Brazil) Channel 130
Channel 630 (HD)
VTR Channel 31
Telemach
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 031
MASTV
(Mexico)
Channel 53
IPTV
UniFi (Malaysia) Channel 160
Moldtelecom (Moldova) Channel 114
Moja TV
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 107
Fetch TV
(Australia)
Channel 107

Universal Channel is a television channel specializing in movies and television series in the thriller, drama, comedy, horror, crime and investigation genres, owned by Universal Networks International, 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.

Launched in other countries

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

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.

Programmes

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

  • Universal Channel Latin America
  • Universal Channel Brazil
  • Universal Channel Poland
  • Universal Channel South Africa
  • Universal Channel Asia
  • Universal Channel Australia
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