Action (Canadian TV channel)

Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Corus Entertainment
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
Bell TV Channel 334 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 611 (SD)
Channel 636 (HD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant 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)
Channel 380 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 306 (SD)
VMedia Channel 82 (SD)
Zazeen Channel 162 (SD)

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


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] On April 1, 2016, parent company Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[10]


Includes current & former programming, as of August 2016.[11][12]



Acquired from truTV

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


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