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OwnerSony Pictures Entertainment
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Launched8 January 1999; 23 years ago (1999-01-08)
Closed30 June 2020; 2 years ago (2020-06-30)

AXN was an Indian pay television channel that was owned by Sony Pictures Networks. Funded through advertising and subscription fees, AXN primarily focused on action genre and reality programming.


AXN launched in the Indian subcontinent on 8 January 1999 as a flagship feed of AXN Asia.[1] During the channel's early years it operated as a genre-based network, airing mainly action films, action programmes, action animation and action sports.

Facing tough competition from rival networks Zee Café and Star World and a precipitous decline in the international syndication market for fictional action series and films, the channel shifted in mid-2005 by gradually incorporating more and more drama and comedy based programs into its schedule in order to attract more viewers and replicate the success shows such as Friends (comedy) and Law & Order (drama) had found on other channels. Big acquisitions included 24 and the CSI franchise.[2]

The channel's high-definition feed was launched on 6 April 2015,[3] which carried the same schedule as the SD feed but with different commercials.[citation needed]


The channel underwent a rebranding on 24 January 2016 with the addition of the slogan Live R.E.D standing for Reality, Entertainment and Drama. During the premiering Billions eith this transformation, the channel sought to further diversify its portfolio away from its action genre by airing action shows with more intense, smart and unexpected characters.[4]

To further its mission of diversification, the channel forged a multi-year deal with CBS Studios in July 2014, acquiring exclusive broadcast rights to the network's shows in India.[5] The acquisition of the critically acclaimed Hulu original series The Handmaid's Tale for first airing in India also helped greatly in attracting more viewers for the channel and advertising the channel's content.[citation needed]


The channel's viewership began to gradually decline since early 2019, post the implementation of the new tariff order (NTO) by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which mandated that channels should not be bundled in packs, leading to a sharp fall in demand for niche channels.[6]

Consequently, on 1 June 2020 Sony Pictures Networks India announced that effective from 30 June 2020 AXN would cease all operations in India for both its SD and HD feeds, with the majority of its programming moving to Sony's SVOD service, Sony Liv,[7] thus ending the channel's existence of 21 years.

Fall in ad revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic and further decline in viewership due to the advent of SVOD platforms in India were also cited as reasons behind the channel's closure.[6]


AXN primarily aired shows from the U.S. and U.K. (including selected shows produced/distributed by Sony Pictures Television). The following is a list of programming broadcast by the network:





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  10. ^ "AXN India associates with Social to expand its consumer connect with 'Californication'". Adgully. 30 September 2015.
  11. ^ "DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR AXN THIS JUNE WITH CHUCK SEASON 5 AND CSI 13". Indian Television. 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "American TV series 'Limitless' gets Bollywood touch". Business Standard. 19 February 2016.
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  26. ^ "Dexter is back on TV as a serial killer". The Times of India. 19 December 2016.
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  29. ^ "Gossip Girl season 4 set to kick off in India". News18. 23 June 2011.
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  38. ^ "Sherlock is back on AXN". The Times of India. 29 March 2017.
  39. ^ "'Supernatural' enters final season". The Telegraph. 18 October 2020.
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  41. ^ "Volkswagen drives AXN's 'The Apprentice Asia'". Indian Television. 17 May 2013.
  42. ^ "The Bachelor Australia: AXN India".
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  44. ^ "Asia's elite men on AXN". The New Indian Express. 9 February 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020.
  45. ^ "Flipping Out (AXN)". 22 May 2019. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020.
  46. ^ "Genius Junior (2018)".
  47. ^ "Glee Project attracts Gleeks from far and wide". DNA. 14 January 2011.
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  49. ^ "AXN'S 'MINUTE TO WIN IT INDIA' KICKS OFF ON 12 JANUARY". Indian Television. 11 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020.
  50. ^ "AXN to air latest seasons of 'Top Chef'". Indian Television. 31 March 2017.
  51. ^ "It's raining colorful movies and shows this Holi on SPN's English Cluster". Indian Television. 27 February 2018.
  52. ^ "AXN TO KICK OFF 'WIPEOUT' NEXT MONTH". Indian Television. 29 August 2009.
  53. ^ "Under The Dome Season 3 Promo".