AXN (short for AXioN) is a Pay television, cable and satellite television channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was first launched on May 22, 1997. The network is now spread across several regions in the world, including Japan, Europe, other parts of Asia and Latin America. Funded through advertising and subscription fees, AXN delivers 24 hours a day of action TV series, movies, animations and adventure-reality and lifestyle sports programmes. In the United States, AXN is used as a brand name for the streaming of Sony's television library on streaming service Joost.
There are several local versions of this channel as listed below:
- AXN Adria - Available in Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
- AXN Asia - Available in Brunei, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam
- AXN Beyond - Available in Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, and soon in the rest of Asia.
- AXN Black - Available in Portugal.
- AXN Brazil - Available in Brazil.
- AXN Crime - Available in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
- AXN Europe - Available in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Coming soon in Greece.
- AXN India - Available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives and Nepal.
- AXN Japan - Available in Japan as part of the SKY PerfecTV! platform
- AXN Korea - Available in South Korea
- AXN Middle & South America - Available in Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia and Dominican Republic.
- AXN Pakistan - Available in Pakistan
- AXN Portugal - Available in Portugal
- AXN Sci Fi - Available in Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine & Kazakhstan.
- AXN Israel - The channel was deleted on the 14th of January 2009.
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 broadcasted by local networks will be broadcast with dubbed (Portuguese (Brazil), German, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Spanish, Japanese, English and Russian) or subtitled (Spanish (Latin America), Croatian, Macedonian, 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:
- 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, Vier Frauen und ein Todesfall, Doctor Who (2005-)
- Asia: Chuck, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Damages, House, Las Vegas, Lost, Nip/Tuck, Numb3rs, So You Think You Can Dance, SUPERMODELME, Supernatural, The Amazing Race (U.S. TV series), The Amazing Race Asia, The Shield, Wipeout
- Brazil: Lost, CSI: Miami (moving in October to Canal Sony), 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, NCIS, Jericho, Dirty Sexy Money, FlashForward, Blood Ties, Castle.
- 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
- Europe: Andromeda, ER, The Collector, Fastlane, F/X: The Series, Highlander, Homicide: Life on the Street, Kidnapped, MacGyver, Michael Hayes, Mutant X, New York Undercover, Nash Bridges, Odyssey 5, Police Rescue, Quantum Leap, Relic Hunter, Rush, Criminal Minds, Sliders, Third Watch, The Shield, Ghost Whisperer, Fear Itself, Lost, FlashForward, NCIS
- India/Pakistan: 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
- Italy: Afterworld, Andromeda, Blood Ties, Breaking Bad, The Closer, The Collector, Damages, Fear Factor, .hack//Sign, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, 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 and Hutch, Strong Medicine, The Shield, Third Watch, Ultimate Force, The Vision of Escaflowne, Wire in the Blood, World's Most Amazing Videos (also called "Video Danger")
- Japan:Pushing Daisies, Dirt, Samantha Who?, Afterworld, Veronica Mars, Alias, Andromeda, LAX, The Amazing Race, Andromeda, 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, Lost, Miami Vice, Moonlighting, Mutant X, Nash Bridges, La Femme Nikita, Odyssey 5, The Outer Limits (1995), The Shield, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The Twilight Zone (Original), V.I.P.
- Latin America: Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, The Dead Zone, Las Vegas, Lost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Damages, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Castle, Breaking Bad, Detroit 1-8-7, Covert Affairs, The Border, NCIS
- 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, Leverage, Memphis Beat, Rush, Law and Order: UK, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei, Notruf Hafenkante
- Spain: Insert Coin, FlashForward, Case Closed, 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, Die Cleveren
- 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, World's Wackiest Sports, 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
In January 2007, AXN India was given a two month ban from the Indian government for airing the programme 'World's Sexiest Commercials', with the reasons of the show being "against good taste or decency" and "likely to affect public morality". This ban was lifted two weeks early on February 28, 2007 after AXN submitted an apology.
On April 25, 2007, AXN and nine other cable and satellite channels were banned in Bangladesh by the interim-government, by what it claimed were that the channels' operations were contrary to the Cable TV Network Operation Act 2006. The ban on AXN and a number of other channels was later lifted on May 27, 2007.