Action (TV channel)

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Showcase Action.png
Action logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Shaw Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Action Knows Action
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Showcase Action (2001-2009)
Sister channel(s) Showcase
Website Action
Bell TV Channel 334
Shaw Direct Channel 611
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
FibreOP Channel 351
Bell Fibe TV Channel 334
MTS Channel 241
Optik TV Channel 220
SaskTel Channel 80

Action is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Shaw Media. The channel specializes in films and television series targeting males.


In November 2000, Showcase Television Inc., a division of Alliance Atlantis, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Action Television, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to action movies and series primarily driven by a fast-paced fictional plot featuring car chases, explosions, special effects, or martial arts."[1] The channel launched on September 7, 2001 as Showcase Action,[2] a spin-off of another Alliance Atlantis television channel, Showcase.

On January 18, 2008,[3] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media,[4] acquired control of Showcase Action through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[5] The channel was renamed Action on August 31, 2009.[6] On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications gained control of Action as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[7][8]

Showcase Action Logo Used Until 2009


Includes current & former programming, as of January 2015.[9]



Acquired from TruTV[edit]

Action is known to have aired shows acquired from the reality-oriented truTV and its predecessor, Court TV.


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