Universal TV
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaLatin America
New Zealand
Poland (formerly)
Romania (formerly)
Russia (formerly)
Hungary (formerly)
Czech Republic (formerly)
Turkey (formerly)
Asia (formerly)
Greece (formerly)
Japan (formerly)
Slovakia (formerly)
OwnerNBCUniversal International Networks
(operated and distributed by Ole Distribution)
Brazil: NBCUniversal International Networks (50%), Canais Globo (Grupo Globo, 50%)
(distributed by Canais Globo)
Sister channels13th Street Universal
Diva Universal
Syfy Universal
Studio Universal
Movies 24
CNBC International
Golf Channel
DreamWorks Channel
Sky News
LaunchedSeptember 1, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-09-01) (Latin America)
May 29, 2007; 17 years ago (2007-05-29) (Russia)
December 2009; 14 years ago (2009-12) (Turkey)
ClosedMay 1, 2015; 9 years ago (2015-05-01) (Russia; Romania)[1]
January 27, 2020; 4 years ago (2020-01-27) (United Kingdom)
Replaced bySky Comedy (United Kingdom)
WebsiteUniversal TV Brazil
Universal TV South Africa
Universal TV Latin America
Universal Channel Russia

Universal TV, formerly Universal Channel, is an international pay television network 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.

Launched in other countries

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

Original launch

Universal Channel was officially launched on 1 September 2004 in Latin America,[2] then it launched on 1 December 2007 in Poland (as Kanał Universal) and Romania (as Canalul Universal)[3][1] and on 1 July 2008 in Southeast Asia.

Re-branded in selected countries

In South Africa, Hallmark Channel was re-branded under that name on 24 March 2010 for DStv subscribers. In Japan, Sci Fi Channel re-branded to that name on 1 April 2010.[4] In Australia, Hallmark Channel re-branded to that name on 1 July 2010.[5] In Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and ex Yugoslav countries Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hallmark Channel was re-branded to that name on 3 September 2010.[6][7] And in the Philippines, this channel was launched on 26 July 2010 and replaced the Sci Fi Channel which was rebranded as Universal Channel.

On 18 October 2010, the Hallmark Channel in the UK and Ireland was rebranded, adopting the Universal Channel name.[8] The UK version closed on 27 January 2020. 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 signal of Universal Channel was rebranded to Universal TV, with the Latin American variant following suit in October.

Universal TV’s Launch in New Zealand

In 2021, SkyTV New Zealand and NBCUniversal had signed a multi-year deal allowing Sky to broadcast their new movies, programmes and content while also taking into effect their current catalogue.[9] Therefore, releasing Universal TV to New Zealand audiences as a part of Sky New Zealand’s Starter pack.

Universal Channel and E!’s Closure in Russia

On April 30, 2015, Universal Channel was closed during technical problems, along with E!.[10]

Universal Channels around the world

Channel Country or region Formerly Launch year Shutdown year
Universal TV Latin America USA Network (first era) September 1, 2004
Universal Channel (Russian TV channel) Russia May 29, 2007 April 30, 2015
Universal Channel (Romanian TV channel) Romania December 1, 2007
Universal Channel (Polish TV channel) Poland December 31, 2017
Universal Channel (Asian TV channel) Asia July 1, 2008 July 1, 2017
Universal Channel (Greek TV channel) Greece May 7, 2009[11][note 1] May 31, 2012
Cyprus March 31, 2013
Universal Channel (Turkish TV channel) Turkey December 17, 2009 2013
Universal Channel (South African TV channel) South Africa Hallmark Channel March 24, 2010 October 31, 2026
Universal Channel (Japanese TV channel) Japan Sci Fi April 1, 2010[12] March 31, 2013
Universal TV (Australian TV channel) Australia Hallmark Channel July 1, 2010
Universal Channel (Eastern European TV channel) Czech Republic, Slovakia 3 September 2010 July 30, 2016[13]
Hungary August 28, 2016
Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia September 1, 2016 (replaced by Diva Universal)[14][15]
Universal TV (British and Irish TV channel) United Kingdom, Ireland 18 October 2010 27 January 2020 (replaced by Sky Comedy)
Universal TV (German TV channel) Germany, Switzerland September 5, 2013
Universal TV (New Zealand) New Zealand April 30, 2021


Latin America

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia


South Africa

United Kingdom

See also


  1. ^ On this reference, and other secondary sources like this one or this another one, I read Universal Channel launched in Greece on May 7, 2009, but checking out on the official website I read the channel launched on May 5, 2008.


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  4. ^ "Universal Channel launches in Japan". OnScreenAsia.com. 2010-04-05. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
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  10. ^ "NBCUniversal to Shutter Pay TV Channels in Russia". sg.news.yahoo.com. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
  11. ^ "Universal Channel Launched in Greece". GreekReporter.com. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2023-08-22.
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  13. ^ "Universal Channel leaves Slovakia and Czech Republic" (in Slovak). 28 June 2016. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
  14. ^ euroart (2016-09-02). "UNIVERSAL CHANNEL POSTAJE DIVA". Total TV (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-01-02.
  15. ^ "Universal channel to rebrand to DIVA in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia". Media Marketing. 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
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