13ème Rue Universal

13ème Rue Universal is a television channel specialising in action and suspense shows and movies. It is owned by NBCUniversal.

13ème Rue Universal
Launched13 November 1997 (1997-11-13)
Owned byUniversal Networks International (NBCUniversal)
Picture format4:3/16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
SloganLa chaîne de référence du policier et de l'investigation criminelle
Broadcast areaFrance
HeadquartersSaint-Cloud, France
Formerly called13ème Rue (1997-2010)
Sister channel(s)Syfy
SFR TV (France)Channel 50 (HD)


The channel began broadcasting on 13 November 1997[1] at 20:13 on Canal Satellite channel 13, after several days of broadcasting hook-ups. After a welcome trailer, the broadcast of the first episodes of two unpublished series New York Undercover and American Gothic began.

On November 12, 2007, 13th Street HD began broadcasting.[2] As of 2 September 2013, the channel will no longer broadcast in 4:3.

Audience share

In 2011, 13ème Rue receives 0.6% audience on cable, ADSL and satellite. 13ème Rue is the first cable and satellite channel in terms of viewing time per viewer and is maintained in the five most watched channels, all targets combined.

On Canalsat, 13ème Rue achieved 1.1% audience.


In December 2016, SFR announced that it had signed an exclusivity agreement with NBCUniversal and resumed exclusive distribution of Syfy and 13ème Rue Universal, available until now in the Canal offers as well as via the Freebox of Free.

Since then, the channels have arrived at SFR, but are still broadcast on Canal, Free and Orange. But this was no longer the case as of 26 September 2017.


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