Studio Universal
CountryItaly, Latin America, South Africa, Philippines
Broadcast areaItaly, Latin America, South Africa, Philippines
Language(s)Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Picture format16:9 SDTV
OwnerUniversal Networks International (NBCUniversal)
LaunchedMay 21, 1998 (Italy)
February 1, 2010 (Latin America)
September 30, 2011 (South Africa)
September 18, 2023 (Philippines)
ReplacedHallmark Channel (Latin America)
ClosedJanuary 1, 2019 (Italy)
Premium GalleryLCN 338
Streaming media
BlastTV (Philippines)Watch Live (requires user membership)

Studio Universal is a specialty television channel focused on films. It is owned by Universal Networks International. Programming is based on films (mainly from Universal Pictures) and related programs with interviews, insights, short films and frequent themed nights or seasons on which are shown films centred on one genre, director or actor. The Studio Universal brand was chosen as a core channel of Universal Networks International.[1] The channel was launched on February 1, 2010 in Latin America replacing Hallmark Channel.[2][3]


Former logo in Italy used from 1998-2013
Former logo used from 2010-2015

The channel was originally launched in Italy in 1998 on satellite television platform Stream TV and continued on SKY Italia from July 31, 2003 to June 1, 2008. A carriage dispute led the channel to be replaced by MGM Channel. The Studio Universal channel resumed on May 8, 2009, on Premium Gallery, part of pay-television platform Mediaset Premium.

It was announced in November, 2008 by Steve Patscheck, director of "Universal Networks Latin America", that the channel would be launched in Latin America on February 1, 2010 replacing The Hallmark Channel in the region. Studio Universal launched in September 30, 2011 in South Africa and sub-saharan Africa.[4]

Studio Universal was discontinued in Italy on 31 December 2018.[5]

In 2023, Studio Universal made its first launch in Southeast Asia thru TAP DMV's over-the-top streaming service BlastTV in the Philippines.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Curtis2009-10-05T08:00:00, Chris. "NBC Universal in content and branding push". Broadcast. Retrieved 2023-01-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Hallmark Channel se reconvierte en Studio Universal, la nueva señal de Universal Networks". Comerciales de TV. 2009-12-06. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05.
  3. ^ "Hallmark Channel a partir de Febrero es STUDIO UNIVERSAL". Reality News Online. 2010-01-28. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18.
  4. ^ "Studio Universal channel for Africa". 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2023-09-12.
  5. ^ "Studio Universal chiude dopo vent'anni: canale spento nel 2019". Tvzap. December 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Converge and BlastTV introduce Studio Universal for the first time in Southeast Asia". Manila Bulletin. 18 September 2023. Retrieved 1 October 2023.