Sony Movie Channel (Canada)

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Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel logo.png
Sony Movie Channel logo
Launched November 23, 2011
Owned by Hollywood Suite (53.34%)
AXN Investments (20% direct, 26.66% indirect)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan All About Movies
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Hollywood Festival (2011-2012)
Sister channel(s) AXN Movies
MGM Channel
Bell TV Channel 1273
Shaw Direct Channel 158 / 658
Access Communications Channel 529
Cogeco Channel 873
EastLink Channel 688
Rogers Cable Channel 488
Shaw Cable Channel 290
Westman Communications Channel 466
Bell Aliant Channel 596
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1318
MTS Channel 470
Optik TV Channel 699
SaskTel Channel 483

Sony Movie Channel is a Canadian English language category B specialty channel owned by Hollywood Suite and AXN Investments that broadcasts completely in high definition. The channel broadcasts films primarily from the Sony Pictures Entertainment library in addition to Canadian content. Films air in their entirety, uncut and commercial free, with the only commercial messages airing between films.[1]


Logo used as Hollywood Festival from November 23, 2011 to September 4, 2012.

On July 2, 2010, Jay Switzer (co-founder of Hollywood Suite), was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a specialty television channel called The Love Channel, described as "a national, English‑language Category 2 specialty programming service devoted to romance, love and relationships."[2]

While initially set to be launched on November 14, 2011, after several short delays, the channel was launched on November 23, 2011 as Hollywood Festival exclusively in HD along with three other HD channels.[3]

On May 31, 2012, Hollywood Suite announced it had reached a partnership with Sony Pictures Television to re-launch two of its channels under Sony brands. Hollywood Festival became a Canadian version of Sony Movie Channel on September 4, 2012, and focuses primarily on films from the Sony Pictures library.[4][5] At the time of the rebrand, AXN Investments Inc. took a 46.66% ownership in the channel.


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