AXN (Asian TV channel)

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AXN Asia
AXN logo (2015).svg
Broadcast areaAsia
NetworkKC Global Media Asia
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 [480i]] for the SDTV feed)
OwnerKC Global Media Asia
Sister channelsAnimax Asia
Launched21 September 1997 (1997-09-21)
AXN logo (2001-2015)

AXN is a action pay television channel owned by Sony Pictures Television and KC Global Media based in Singapore. The network was formerly wholly owned by Sony Pictures Television, but the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa channels were sold to KC Global Media in January 2020.[1]


AXN primarily airs shows from the U.S. and U.K. (including selected shows produced/distributed by Sony Pictures Television), with new episodes airing on the same day after their U.S. telecast. The channel also airs original programming specifically made for Southeast Asian viewers, as well as movies from Sony's film studios (Columbia and TriStar) and other Hollywood film studios.[citation needed]

Anime programming[edit]

Upon its launch, in the late 1990s and early 21st century, AXN used to broadcast several anime series, many of them in Japanese audio with English subtitles and held annual anime festivals around Southeast Asia.[2][3] Its anime programming would later be moved to Animax Asia in 2004, the preparations for which Sony had been planning since the late 1990s.[3] In the last quarter of 2010, selected English-dubbed anime programs from Animax Asia were broadcast during mornings and late-afternoon. This feed was then made available in the Philippines only, but was shut down in August 2016 as AXN would focus on its main programming.[citation needed]

Original productions[edit]


  • AXN Southeast Asia (Panregional feed reaching most countries in the region)
  • AXN India
  • AXN Japan
  • AXN Korea (joint venture with CU Media.Airs Local shows along with international shows)
  • AXN Philippines (separated from the SEA feed including local advertisements, and movies)
  • AXN Taiwan (Different from Asian Feed)
  • AXN Beyond (later known as BeTV; now Sony Channel)
    • AXN Beyond Malaysia
    • AXN Beyond Pan-regional
    • AXN Beyond Philippines

There are two feeds for the channel. One is aimed at viewers in Hong Kong and Thailand only, while the other one is aimed towards the rest of the region. Programming on both feeds are the same, with the exception of local advertisement and promo timings. This is also the case with the Philippine feed, which sometimes modifies its own programming due to broadcast issues.

AXN HD[edit]

AXN first launched its high-definition feed in Korea on 1 March 2009 and was later made available in Singapore on StarHub TV on 25 May 2010.[12] In Malaysia, it was launched on 16 June 2010 on Astro.[13] In Thailand it was launched on 12 July 2011 on TrueVisions and in India it was made availave on Videocon D2H on 19 July 2014. It premiered in Sri Lanka on Dialog TV 2013. In the Philippines it was launched on 20 April 2015 on SkyCable, Sky Direct, Cignal and Singtel TV in Singapore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 7, 2020). "Sony Pictures Sells Asia Channels to Former Executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Magz Ozbourne (2007-12-01). "AXN - Evolution". Television Asia. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  3. ^ a b Michael Flagg (2000-09-27). "Singapore's AXN Cable Channel Brings Action to Stagnant Market". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  4. ^ "The Amazing Race Asia is back after six years". The New Paper. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  5. ^ Donato, Jerry. "Born to play on The Apprentice Asia". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  6. ^ "Asia's Got Talent Season 2 premiere topped ratings in Singapore". Asian Television Awards. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  7. ^ ‘Reality television is here to stay’
  8. ^ The Duke at Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ e Buzz at Archived January 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Sony Style website Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ AXN Ultimate Escape Archived October 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ AXN HD in Singapore Archived May 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ AXN HD in Malaysia Archived June 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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