Universal Channel (Greece)

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Universal Channel
Universal Channel.png
Universal Channel logo
Launched May 5, 2008
Closed May 31, 2012 (Greece)
March 31, 2013 (Cyprus)
Owned by NBCUniversal
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan Ο Κόσμος της Ψυχαγωγίας
(The World of Entertainment)
Country Greece
Language Greek (only the advertisements)
English (with Greek subtitles)
Headquarters London, UK

Universal Channel (Greece) was a television network, owned by Universal Networks International, a division of NBCUniversal. It debuted in Greece on May, 5th 2008 exclusively on OTE TV, the pay-TV service of OTE, one of the major telecommunication groups in South-Eastern Europe. Later, the channel was broadcasting in Cyprus through the platforms PrimeTel, Cablenet and Cytavision. The Channel hosted the branded block Sci Fi, the brand dedicated to science fiction, horror, fantasy and paranormal of NBCUniversal. Sci Fi aired every Saturday from 9 PM to 1.10 and every Sunday starting from around 4 to 9 PM.

Universal Channel (Greece) broadcast TV series and movies produced by Universal Studios, Warner Bros. International Television, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and CBS Paramount. It has aired many series for first time on Greek TV, such as Parenthood, Nurse Jackie, Flashpoint and Haven, while the Sci Fi block aired among the others Eureka, Sanctuary and non fiction shows like Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files and Destination Truth.

Universal Channel (Greece) aired exclusive Universal Networks International series, for the first time on Greek TV, such as Rookie Blue and Fairly Legal. The network also showed many Hollywood blockbusters of various genre such as The Blues Brothers, Twelve Monkeys, Bean, Carlito’s Way, Waterworld, Pitch Black, Meet Joe Black and Shakespeare in Love. Universal Channel (Greece) has been received very well by its subscribers.

In May 31, 2012, the channel was closed because NBCUniversal pulled Universal Channel from OTE TV and was replaced by Village Cinema. Later, in March 31, 2013, the channel ceased broadcasting in Cyprus and was replaced by Sundance Channel.


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