AXN (short for Action Extreme Network) is a pay television channel owned by Sony Pictures Television, which was first launched on June 22, 1997. The network is now spread across several parts of the world, including Europe, Japan, other parts of Asia and Latin America. Funded through advertising and subscription fees, AXN delivers 24 hours a day of action and crime TV series, movies, animations and adventure-reality and lifestyle sports programmes. In the United States, AXN was used as a brand name for the streaming of Sony's television library on streaming service Joost before it shut down in 2012.

AXN logo (2015)
LaunchedJune 22, 1997
Owned bySony Pictures Television
CountryUnited States
Dish Network MexicoChannel 213
Movistar+ (Spain)Channel 144
Sky Italia (Italy)Channel 120
Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)Channel 35; 139 (HD)
Channel 515 (SD)
Cyfra+ (Poland)Channel 49
N (Poland)Channel 30
Boom TV (Romania)Channel
Digi TV (Romania, Hungary, Czech R, Slovakia)Channel 463
Dolce (Romania)Channel 157
Channel 25 Focus Sat (Romania)Channel
Max TV (Romania)Channel 180
UPC Direct (Hungary, Czech R, Slovakia)Channel 213
DirecTV (Latin America)Channel 216
SKY México (Mexico and Central America)Channel 213; 1213 (HD)
ZON TVCabo (Portugal)Channel 59
Meo Sat (Portugal)Channel 62
TATA Sky (India)Channel 205 (SD) Channel 206 (HD)
Bulsatcom (Bulgaria)Channel 27
Dialog TVChannel 94 (SD)
Reliance Digital TV (India)Channel 253
R (Spain)Channel 24
ZON TVCabo (Portugal)Channel 60
SBB (Serbia)Channel 266
RCS&RDS (Romania)Channel 19
VTR (Chile)Channel 39
Cabovisão (Portugal)Channel 31
UPC RomaniaChannel 104 (digital with DVR)
Channel 94 (digital)
SBB (Serbia)Channel 266
NET (Brazil)Channel 35
UPC PolandChannel 473
UNE EPM TelecomunicacionesChannel 55
Cablevisión (Argentina)Channel 41
Telmex (Colombia)Channel 48
Sim TV (Nepal)Channel 506
+Tv Digital (Panama)Channel 401
Crnogorski Telekom (ExtraTV) (Montenegro)Channel 34
Southern Networks (Pakistan)Channel 109
Worldcall (Pakistan)Channel 41
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 511
Vodafone Casa TV (Portugal)Channel 60
Meo (Portugal)Channel 61
Open IPTV (Serbia)Channel 613
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones (Colombia)Channel 54
PTCL Smart TV (Pakistan)Channel 72
MaxTV (Macedonia)Channel 506
m:tel IPTV (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Channel 302
Streaming media
i-TV (Romania)Channel
Meo (Portugal)Channel 61
FilmOnInternet Protocol Television


There are various local versions of the channel, as listed below:

Operating channels

Discontinued channels

As part of a brand licensing agreement with Sony, Canadian broadcaster Hollywood Suite launched an AXN-branded movie network in 2012 known as AXN Movies, a re-branding of its network Hollywood Storm.[1] The channel was discontinued on November 3, 2015, as part of the re-formatting of Hollywood Suite's channels to use decade-based formats.[2]

Series and shows

The series and shows aired by AXN differ in each version of the channel since some series aired by AXN in one market may be in other channel's hands in another country. In some cases, U.S. shows that are broadcast by local networks will be broadcast with dubbed (American Portuguese, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, American and European Spanish, Japanese and Russian) or subtitled (Croatian, Macedonian, European Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Malay, Bengali, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesian, Mongol, Nepalese, Urdu, Sinhalese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, Khmer, Laotian, Vietnamese, Dzongkha, Ukrainian, Dhivehi and Kazakh) in the same market. There are some examples of series aired by AXN:


  1. ^ "Hollywood Suite brings Sony brands into its stable". Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Hollywood Suite to go by the numbers in rebranding its movie channels". Retrieved 12 September 2015.

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AXN (Asia)

AXN Asia is a pay television channel owned by Sony Pictures Television.

AXN (Germany)

AXN is a pay-TV station from Sony Pictures Television, which mainly offers feature films and series as well as reality formats and lifestyle broadcasts. The German version of AXN was launched on 1 November 2004.

AXN (India)

AXN is an Indian pay television channel owned by Sony Pictures Networks India. In 2016, the brand re-positioned itself with the tagline Live R.E.D., primarily advertising their range of content as well as their shift to action-genre programming.

An one-hour timeshift feed is available in Pakistan which replaced Indian ads with local ones.

AXN (Portugal)

AXN Portugal is a Portuguese basic cable and satellite television channel. It is the Portuguese version of the AXN network, owned by Sony. It was a Cabovisão exclusive in its beginnings, but now it is available in all operators and platforms. It's one of the most watched channels on pay-TV in Portugal, competing with FOX, SIC Notícias, Canal Panda, Disney Channel and Canal Hollywood.

AXN (South Korea)

AXN is a South Korean cable and satellite television channel focusing on American crime and action TV series. Originally launched in 2005 as a joint venture between Sony and SkyLife, AXN was broadcast from outside South Korea, but it had Korean subtitles, and every trailer was displayed in Korean. (Although Korean audio track was not possible because of local regulations.) Also, it was a version exclusively broadcast to South Korea, different from AXN's South East Asian version in scheduling and programmes. It was available exclusively to SkyLife subscribers but made available to other platforms later.

In April 2011, after switching South Korean partner to what was known then as CU Media (which later became a television division of IHQ, which is in turn owned by cable television provider D'Live), AXN began broadcasting from Seoul, and became a part of CU Media. While respecting South Korean TV rating system and mandatory carriage of local programmes, this enabled Korean voice-overs on their trailers and broadcast of local commercial advertisements.

AXN Beyond

AXN Beyond was a pay television channel, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment in the Asia-Pacific region. It was launched on 1 January 2008.

AXN Black

AXN Black is a channel operated by Sony Pictures Television International Networks Europe. Its programming is basically focused on television series and movies. The channel was first launched in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique on May 9, 2011 and replaced Animax. Central european version was launched on October 1, 2013 in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Moldova where has replaced AXN Sci Fi.

On October 3 2017 the channel was replaced by Sony Movie Channel in Hungary.

AXN Crime

AXN Crime was a European movie channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is broadcast eighteen hours per day, between 11:00 am and 03:00 am. It is available in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria on Boom TV, Bulsatcom, Cyfra Plus, Cyfrowy Polsat, Digi TV, Dolce, iNES, Max TV and N. The channel was launched in Czech Republic and Slovakia in October 2007.

In July 12, 2013, Sony announced that AXN Sci Fi and AXN Crime would be replaced by AXN Black and AXN White.

In October 1, AXN Crime is replaced by AXN White.

AXN Italy

AXN was an Italian-language television channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. It focused on action-themed programmes, including action series and movies and action reality shows.

The channel launched on Sky Italia channel 134 in October 2005. It moved to channel 120 in March 2009, when it started simulcasting in HD. It closed on 28 February 2017.

AXN Sci Fi

AXN Sci Fi was a European pay television movie channel owned by Sony Pictures Television. It was available in Italy, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria on Sky Italia, Boom TV, Bulsatcom, Cyfra Plus, Cyfrowy Polsat, Digi TV, Dolce, iNES, Max TV and N. The channel was launched in Czech Republic and Slovakia in October 2007.

On 12 July 2013, Sony announced that AXN Sci Fi and AXN Crime would be replaced by AXN Black and AXN White.

On 1 October, AXN Sci Fi was replaced by AXN Black, however Italy edition was unaffected.

On 28 February 2017, the channel was discontinued in Italy.

AXN Spin

AXN Spin is a television channel owned by Sony Pictures Television International. When was launched was aimed primarily at a younger audience, which broadcasts reality shows, cartoons, anime and television series, but now shows reruns of other AXN channels.

AXN White

AXN White is a channel operated by Sony Pictures Television International Networks Europe. Its programming is focused on television series and movies. The channel was launched in Portugal on 14 April 2008 and in Spain on May 7, 2012 and replaced Sony Entertainment Television.

The channel replaced AXN Crime on 1 October 2013 in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Moldova.

On October 3 2017 the channel was replaced by Sony Max in Hungary.

Animax India

Animax India was the Indian division of Animax Asia, a Japanese anime television channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. This channel was a part of Japanese media conglomerate Sony. It was operated and broadcast from Singapore by Animax Asia and distributed by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. It was also the first animation channel that targets the age 15–25 demographic and was the only channel in India to simulcast anime in the same week and on the same day as Japan. A secondary feed for Pakistan with subtitling and Pakistani-specific advertising also originated from SPN India.

Animax ceased broadcasting in India and Pakistan on regular television and was replaced by Sony Yay on April 18, 2017. Animax Asia HD is now available in India only on Sony LIV digital platform.

Animax Spain

Animax Spain was a Spanish version of anime channel Animax. It was owned by Sony. It was launched in Spain as a programming block on AXN Spain in October 2007. The channel finally launched on 12 April 2008.

Animax began as a programming block in Spain and Portugal in the channel AXN. It broadcast InuYasha, Outlaw Star, Trigun, Orphen, Excel Saga and Samurai Champloo and later broadcast Corrector Yui, The Law of Ueki, Detective Conan, Lupin III and Kochikame at weekends from 13:00 to 16:00, which began broadcasting in Portugal and Spain since October 2007 until September 2008. The channel was subsequently fully launched on 12 April 2008 on the Movistar TV and Canal+ platforms in Spain and Meo and Clix in Portugal. Among the series broadcast across Animax's networks in Spain and Portugal were Nana, Black Lagoon, Love Hina, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Chobits, Devil May Cry. Sony Corporation announced on 4 December 2013, that the channel would cease transmission at the end of the month. The channel's programming would move to different channels in the next few weeks; by Animax's last week, it would air just a repeated loop of 2 shows, KochiKame and Yakitate!! Japan. The channel shut down for good at 11:59 PM on 31 December 2013; "Yakitate!! Japan" was the last show aired. After 3 bumpers aired between a goodbye message, it was replaced with a slide signifying the channel's shutdown.

BeTV (Asia Pacific)

BeTV was a pay television channel, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment in the Asia-Pacific region. Launched on 2 April 2012, it replaced AXN Beyond as a spin-off of AXN Asia and Sony Entertainment Television. Selected programs from AXN Philippines and SET were exclusively available in the Philippine feed of the channel.

BeTV was finally shut down on 15 October 2014 due to its merger with SET to form Sony Channel.


FlashForward is an American television series, adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, which aired for one season on ABC between September 24, 2009, and May 27, 2010. It is based on the 1999 novel Flashforward by Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. The series revolves around the lives of several people as a mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds on October 6, 2009. During this blackout, people see what appear to be visions of their lives on April 29, 2010, a global "flashforward" six months into the future.

In May 2010, ABC announced that FlashForward had been cancelled. The season finale for Season 1 was shot before it was known the show would be cancelled and showed another flashforward event happening more than 20 years in the future. This more closely followed the original book, which featured a flashforward that peered 21½ years into the future.

Hollywood Suite

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List of programs broadcast by Canal Sony (Latin America)

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