Action (Canadian TV channel)

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Showcase Action.png
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
Owned byCorus Entertainment
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganAction Knows Action
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledShowcase Action (2001-2009)
Sister channel(s)Showcase
Bell TVChannel 334 (SD)
Shaw DirectChannel 611 (SD)
Channel 136 (HD)
Available on most Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 351 (SD)
Channel 523 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 334 (SD)
Channel 1334 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 241 (SD)
Channel 1241 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9449 (SD)
Channel 449 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 80 (SD)
Channel 380 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TVChannel 306 (SD)
VMediaChannel 82 (SD)
ZazeenChannel 162 (SD)

Action is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. Originally established as a spin-off of Showcase, the channel primarily airs action-oriented films and television series.


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

On May 1, 2015, an HD feed of Action was launched. During this time, the channel was made available as a free preview. [9]


Includes current & former programming, as of August 2016.[10][11]



Acquired from truTV[edit]

Action is known to have aired shows acquired from the reality-oriented truTV.


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