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AXN is a Pay television, cable and satellite television channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was first launched on May 22, 1997. The network is now spread across several regions in the world, including Japanmarker, Europe, other parts of Asia and Latin America. Funded through advertising, AXN delivers 24 hours a day of action TV series, movies, animations and adventure-reality and lifestyle sports programmes. In the United Statesmarker, AXN is used as a brand name for the streaming of Sony's television library on streaming service Joost.


There are several local versions of this channel as listed below:

  • AXN Brazil - Available in Brazilmarker

  • AXN Israel - Not available in Israelmarker since the 4th of January 2009.

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 dubbed by local networks will be broadcast in English with subtitles in the same market. There are some examples of series aired by AXN:


In January 2007, AXN India was given a two month ban from the Indian government for airing the programme 'World's Sexiest Commercials', with the reasons of the show being "against good taste or decency" and "likely to affect public morality" . This ban was lifted two weeks early on February 28, 2007 after AXN submitted an apology.

On April 25, 2007, AXN and nine other cable and satellite channels were banned in Bangladesh by the interim-government, by what it claimed were that the channels' operations were contrary to the Cable TV Network Operation Act 2006. The ban on AXN and a number of other channels was later lifted on May 27, 2007

High definiton

SPE Networks and MEASAT Satellite Systems agreed to distribute the high definition version of AXN across Asia Pacific.On April 6, 2009, AXN began simulcasting in High Definition in Portugal. It's available on ZON TVCabo, meo and Cabovisão.


  1. AXN banned for 'indecent' programme. Retrieved on January 18, 2007.
  2. Ad show axe on AXN. Retrieved on January 18, 2007.
  3. Govt lifts ban on AXN. Retrieved on February 28, 2007
  4. Govt makes U-turn to allow 38 foreign TV channels

External links

Direct link to local AXN versions :
North America:
South America:

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