Universal Channel (Australia)
|Universal Channel Australia logo|
|Owned by||Universal Networks International
576i (SDTV 4:3)
576i (SDTV 16:9)
(1 July 2010)
|Audience share||0.5% (January 2010, )|
|Formerly called||Hallmark Channel Australia (prior to July 2010)|
|Sister channel(s)||CNBC Australia
E! Entertainment Television
|Optus TV||Channel 116|
|Neighbourhood Cable||Channel 34|
|Xbox 360||Channel 116|
The Universal Channel (formerly Hallmark Channel) is an Australian cable and satellite television channel, owned and operated by Universal Networks International. It has been available on most subscription television platforms in Australia since 1998.
The channel re-branded from its original name of Hallmark Channel with the slogan In every life there is drama, using the same logo as international Hallmark Channels, on 1 July 2010. It remained on the same channel (116) on Foxtel and Austar, and brought the introduction of new series, including two Australian premiere series, as well as returning to first seasons of almost all programs already airing.
The channel airs content from the original American Hallmark Channel, selected telemovies from America and the UK, along with classic and contemporary Australian drama series from Southern Star Entertainment.
A list of Australian produced shows broadcast on Hallmark Channel:
- A Country Practice
- All Saints
- Always Greener
- Blue Heelers
- City Homicide
- McLeod's Daughters
- Packed to the Rafters
- Police Rescue
- Sea Patrol
- The Secret Life of Us
- Water Rats
Universal Channel is part of most satellite and cable pay television providers in Australia, usually included in an extra or add-on package. Providers include Foxtel, Austar, Optus TV and Neighbourhood Cable.
See also 
- "Oztam Ratings - 27/12/2009-03/01/2010". Oztam. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Hallmark Channel Australia"., About Us
- Joyce, James (26 March 1999). "Tunedin". Newcastle Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 3 May 2010. Unknown parameter
- "MultiChannelNetwork (MCN)"., Hallmark Channel details