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Universal Channel (Asian TV channel)

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Universal Channel
Universal Channel logo
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Picture format480i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Sister channelsCNBC Asia
Golf Channel
DreamWorks Channel
LaunchedJuly 1, 2008 (2008-07-01)
ClosedJune 30, 2017 (2017-06-30) (Malaysia and Sri Lanka)
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) (Rest of Asia)
Former namesUniversal Channel (Philippines only, July 26, 2010-August 3, 2012)

Universal Channel was a television channel specializing in movies and television series in the thriller, drama, comedy, crime and investigation genres. It was owned by Universal Networks International. This channel was launched in Singapore on 1 July 2008 along with Sci Fi Channel, then Syfy Universal (Asia).[1]

On the first on-air broadcast launch saw the official slogan was It's the People Who Make Us. On July 24, 2010, the second on-air look with colorful visual ident theme and the official slogan was Characters Welcome as well as the channel converting from 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 widescreen picture format since February 8, 2011. It brought the latest of new series, including two Asian TV premiere series, as well as returning to first seasons of almost all programs already aired.

On January 28, 2014, the Universal Channel refreshed itself alongside other transformations. Among the changes under the rebrand included the channel aligning itself with the international logo and slogan 100% Characters.[2] The channel brought the Same Day or Express from the U. S. telecast with selected programs.

After nine years of broadcasting, Universal Channel along with Syfy ceased broadcasting at midnight, July 1, 2017, in the rest of the Asia.[3] In Malaysia and Sri Lanka the channel discontinued a day earlier. The channel programmed with a finale episode of Shades of Blue on that day, an ending with the season one finale "One Last Lie" before going off-the-air. Most of the programs of Universal Channel were moved to DIVA, but on 1 January 2020, DIVA and E! discontinued after twenty-two years of broadcast.

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Operating channels

  • Universal Channel Asia HD - SG/HK/MY/PHP/JKT feed; available on HD format in selected Asian countries
  • Universal Channel Asia - same as the Asian feed; available on SD format in Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka
  • Universal Channel Philippines - same as the Asian feed but with local advertisements.
  • Universal Channel Taiwan - same as the Asian feed with Chinese subtitles; available on HD format


Final Shows[4]

Former Shows



  • AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols[7]
  • Miss Universe 2008

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Janine Stein; Stein, Janine; Press, The Associated (2008-05-28). "Universal Channel launching in Asia". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  2. ^ "NBCUniversal repositions flagship Universal Channel". Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  3. ^ "Universal Channel and Syfy End of Broadcast". SkyCable. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "Current shows". Universal Channel Asia. Archived from the original on 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  5. ^ a b c "Universal Channel @ ClickTheCity TV". 2017-06-21. Archived from the original on 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Universal Channel - TV Guide". 2010-08-20. Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Shows". Universal Channel. Archived from the original on 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2023-10-05.

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