Sony Channel (Latin America)

Sony Channel is a Latin American pay television channel that broadcasts TV series and movies. It is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and operated by HBO Latin America Group. It was the first pan-regional basic-tier channel that offered programming in English with Spanish.

Sony Channel
Launched20 September 1995 (Latin America)
March 1996 (Mexico)
4 September 1996 (Brazil)
Owned bySony Pictures Entertainment
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the channel's SDTV feeds)
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaLatin America
HeadquartersCulver City, California
Formerly calledSony Entertainment Television (1995-2014)
Canal Sony (2014-2019)
Sister channel(s)AXN
WebsiteLatin America
Dish Network MexicoChannel 206 (SD)
Channel 908 (HD)
Sky MéxicoChannel 202
Channel 1202 (HD)
Movistar TV (Peru)Channel 104 (SD)
Channel 721 (HD)


Sony Channel was launched in August 1995 as Sony Entertainment Television, a basic cable television channel. In Mexico it was first available on Televisa's Cablevisión cable TV system in March 1996 followed by its launch in Brazil that same year. Unlike most television networks in Latin America, which air all imported shows dubbed in Spanish or Portuguese, Sony started airing its programming with subtitles which led to its role as a regional TV leader. In 2011, the Sony Pictures channels in Brazil gained greater autonomy from the Spanish-language feeds,[1] and as part of that, it was announced that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation would return to Canal Sony in Brazil, while in the rest of the region, that show remained airing on AXN. In October 2011, CSI: Miami was picked up by Sony Channel Brazil.

In 2015, HBO Latin America switched from subtitles to dubbing in most of its channels, including Sony and AXN, which has caused some criticism among viewers.[2][3] The networks appeal to its users to use the channel's SAP audio track in order to view programming in its original language.



  1. ANMTV - Animax: Sony anuncia regionalização de seus canais no Brasil.
  2. "Subtitulos". FORO DE TELEVISION POR CABLE. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  3. "Mabel Delpech Spena". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
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