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|Launched||November 23, 2011|
Hollywood Suite (53.34%)|
AXN Investments (20% direct, 26.66% indirect)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Formerly called||Hollywood Storm (2011-2012)|
Sony Movie Channel
|Bell TV||Channel 1272|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 159 / 659|
|Access Communications||Channel 528|
|Rogers Cable||Channel 489|
|Shaw Cable||Channel 289|
|Westman Communications||Channel 468|
|Bell Aliant||Channel 595|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 1317|
|Optik TV||Channel 698|
AXN Movies 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 from the Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures libraries that focus on action and adventure themes.
Films are broadcast in their entirety, uncut, and commercial free, with the only commercial messages airing between films.
On July 2, 2010, Jay Switzer (co-founder of Hollywood Suite), was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a specialty television channel called Adventure, described as "a national, English‑language Category 2 specialty programming service devoted to the entire genre of action and adventure, including selections from crime fiction, epic and heroic drama."
While initially set to launch on November 14, 2011, after several short delays, the channel launched on November 23, 2011 as Hollywood Storm exclusively in HD along with three other HD channels.
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, with Hollywood Storm utilizing Sony's AXN brand by becoming AXN Movies, which will see the channel focus primarily on action films from the Sony Pictures library. The rebrand occurred on September 4, 2012. At the time of the rebrand, AXN Investments took a 46.66% ownership in the channel.
- Switzer launching four new movie channels Globe and Mail 2011-08-23
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-450 CRTC 2010-07-02
- Hollywood Suite Launches Four Multi-Platform HD Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2011-12-08
- "Hollywood Suite brings Sony brands into its stable". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Hollywood Suite Launches Two HD Movie Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2012-09-04
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