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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.

Universal Channel
Universal Channel Logo 2013.svg
Universal Channel logo
Launched September 1, 2004
Owned by NBCUniversal International Networks
(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
Style Network
Golf Channel
DreamWorks Channel
Website Universal Channel Brazil
Universal Channel Germany
Universal Channel South Africa
Universal Channel Australia
Universal Channel Latin America
(East & West Africa)
Channel 117
(South Africa)
Channel 117
Channel 116
Channel 116
NET (Brazil) Channel 130
Channel 630 (HD)
VTR Channel 31
Digital TV
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 031
Channel 53
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 countriesEdit

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 launchEdit

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 countriesEdit

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'.


Movie blockEdit

  • Universal Channel Movies

Current showsEdit

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

Former showsEdit

Selected territories:

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

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit