Action (Canadian TV channel)

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Action
Showcase Action.png
Action logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Shaw Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
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
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 334 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 611 (SD)
Channel 636 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 351 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 334 (SD)
MTS Channel 241 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 9449 (SD)
Channel 449 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 80 (SD)

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

History[edit]

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]

Programming[edit]

Includes current & former programming, as of March 2015.[10]

Originals[edit]

Syndicated[edit]

Acquired from TruTV[edit]

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

References[edit]

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