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AXN (originally an initialism 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.
There are various local versions of the channel, as listed below:
- AXN Adria - Available in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria and Slovenia.
- AXN Asia - Available in Brunei, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Macau, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam
- AXN Black - Available in Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- AXN Brazil - Available in Brazil.
- AXN White - Available in Spain, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia. Formerly AXN Crime.
- AXN Europe - Available in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
- AXN Germany - Available in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
- AXN Hungary - Available in Hungary
- AXN Middle East - Available in Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Jordan
- AXN India - Available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
- AXN Japan - Available in Japan as part of the SKY PerfecTV! platform
- AXN Korea - Available in South Korea
- AXN Latin America - Available in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Jamaica, Guatemala and Dominican Republic.
- AXN Pakistan - Timeshift version of AXN India excluding Indian adverts.
- AXN Portugal - Available in Portugal
- AXN Spin - Available in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
- AXN Mystery - Available in Japan as part of the SKY PerfecTV! platform
- AXN Now - vod service
- AXN Beyond - Available in Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. On April 2, 2012 this channel is now known as BeTV.
- AXN Crime
- AXN Black Hungary - available in Hungary
- AXN Italy - Available in Italy.
- AXN Israel - Available in Israel - (The channel was deleted on January 14, 2009.)
- AXN White Hungary - available in Hungary
- AXN Sci Fi - Available in Italy.
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. The channel was discontinued on November 3, 2015, as part of the re-formatting of Hollywood Suite's channels to use decade-based formats.
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 (Brazilian Portuguese, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Japanese, & 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:
- Asia: NUMB3RS, Chuck, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Damages, House, Las Vegas, Lost, Nip/Tuck, So You Think You Can Dance, Supernatural, Wipeout, The Voice, Asia's Got Talent, The Apprentice Asia, The Amazing Race Asia
- Brazil: The Amazing Race (American TV series), Lost, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Raising The Bar, The Shield, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Las Vegas, The Dead Zone, Criminal Minds, Kidnapped, Alias, Hack, Kingdom Hospital, Damages, In Plain Sight, Jericho, Dirty Sexy Money, FlashForward, Blood Ties, Castle
- Europe: The Amazing Race (American TV series), Lost, Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight, Cougar Town, Andromeda, The Collector, Fastlane, F/X: The Series, Highlander, Homicide: Life on the Street, Kidnapped, MacGyver, Michael Hayes, Murder, She Wrote, Mutant X, New York Undercover, Nash Bridges, Odyssey 5, Police Rescue, Quantum Leap, Relic Hunter, Rush, Sliders, Third Watch, The Shield, Fear Itself, FlashForward
- Hungary: The Amazing Race (American TV series), Third Watch, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Huff, Missing, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Lost, True Blood, Ghost Whisperer, So You Think You Can Dance
- Japan: The Amazing Race (American TV series), Fear Factor, The Shield, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case, Lost, Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, Dirt, Samantha Who?, Afterworld, Andromeda, LAX, Brothers & Sisters, Charlie's Angels, Charmed, CSI, CSI: Miami, Dark Angel, The Dead Zone, The Fugitive (Original), The Greatest American Hero, Hart to Hart, Invasion, Miami Vice, Moonlighting, Mutant X, Nash Bridges, La Femme Nikita, Odyssey 5, The Outer Limits (1995), Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The Twilight Zone (Original), V.I.P. Vein
- Latin America: NCIS, Breaking Bad, Castle, Covert Affairs, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Las Vegas, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Lost, Perception, The Dead Zone
- Adria: Damages, Being Human, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, The Practice, Moonlighting, Six Feet Under, Californication, NCIS, FlashForward, Largo Winch, Sanctuary, Life Unexpected, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Stargate Atlantis, Canal Road, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Blood Ties, BeastMaster, Kidnapped, Water Rats, Primeval, Doctor Who, Teen Wolf (2011 TV series)
- Central Europe: 18 Wheels of Justice, Alias, Andromeda, Battlestar Galactica, BeastMaster, Charlie Jade, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, The Dead Zone, House, The District, The Guardian, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, In Justice, Jericho, Lost, Michael Hayes, Mutant X, Reaper, ReGenesis, Rescue Me, Rude Awakening, Sheena, The Shield, Sliders, The Amazing Race, Star Trek: Enterprise, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Unforgettable, Scorpion, Elementary, Reign, Stalker, Quantico, How to Get Away with Murder, Secrets and Lies, Perception, Crossing Lines, Hawaii Five-0, Justified
- India/Nepal: 24, Alias, Andromeda, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Damages, House, Las Vegas, Nip/Tuck, Numb3rs, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Supernatural, The Shield, The Amazing Race, Fear Factor, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Wipeout, Ghost Adventures, Minute to Win It, Ghost Hunters, NCIS: Los Angeles, Most Daring, Caught on Camera, The Apprentice Asia, Teen Wolf (2011 TV series)
- Portugal: Insert Coin, Chuck, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, ER, Hospital Central, Medium, NCIS, Without a Trace, Damages, Waking the Dead, In Plain Sight, Castle, No Ordinary Family, Absentia, Leverage, Memphis Beat, Rush, Law and Order: UK, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
- Spain: Hannibal, Almost Human, Castle, Absentia, Perception, Unforgettable, Crossing Lines, The Fall, Resurrection, Luther, Insert Coin, FlashForward, Detective Conan, Corrector Yui, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, ER, Gossip Girl, Hospital Central, InuYasha, JAG, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo, Lupin III, NCIS, Notruf Hafenkante, Pacific Blue, Reaper, Resistiré, Stargate SG-1, The Law of Ueki, The West Wing, Without a Trace, The Cult, Bron
- Israel: Alias, Sliders, Smallville, MacGyver, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, La Femme Nikita, The District, Eureka, The X-Files, The Shield, Kidnapped, Blade: The Series, Stargate SG-1, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Bullrun, Fear Factor, Doctor Who, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Dark Angel, Walker, Texas Ranger, Totally Outrageous Behavior, World's Most Amazing Videos, Without a Trace, Armed & Famous, Renegade, Viper, Starsky and Hutch, SeaQuest DSV, The Sentinel, Supernatural, Punk'd, Farscape, Most Shocking, Flash Gordon, 7 Days, Homicide: Life on the Street, Moonlight, Pimp My Ride
- Italy: Afterworld, Andromeda, Blood Ties, Breaking Bad, The Closer, The Collector, Damages, Fear Factor, .hack//Sign, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Absentia, Kidnapped, Kung Fu, MacGyver, Man's Work, Michael Hayes, Mission: Impossible, Most Shocking, Murder, Mutant X, The Net, New York Undercover, Noein, Odyssey 5, The Outer Limits, Quantum Leap, Painkiller Jane, Planetes, Plunkett & Macleane, Rescue Me, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Seven Days, Sleeper Cell, Sliders, Starsky & Hutch, Strong Medicine, The Shield, Third Watch, Ultimate Force, The Vision of Escaflowne, Wire in the Blood, World's Most Amazing Videos
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- Official hub site, with links to the local versions
- AXN White hub site, with links to the local versions
- AXN Black hub site, with links to the local versions
- AXN Spin hub site, with links to the local versions
- Sony Entertainment Television hub site, with links to the local versions
- SET Asia
- Sony Television Asia