M-Net Action is a defunct South African action movie and series channel which in latter years became a movie-only channel as part of the M-Net stable of movie channels on the DStv satellite platform.
DStv: Channel 106
576i (SDTV, 16:9) - DStv
1080i (HDTV, 16:9) - DStv (from 2011)
M-Net Action arose from the demise of actionX, a B-grade action movie and series channel on DStv which was rebranded as M-Net Action when the channel was assimilated into the M-Net stable of genre channels in February 2008.
The new branding and name change was in line with M-Net's decision to "reclaim" some of its DStv channels, as it did with M-Net Series (previously The Series Channel) some two years previously.
The idea was to get viewers to associate M-Net's various DStv channels as a family of specialised channels in the M-Net stable. The family at the time included M-Net, M-Net Stars, M-Net Series and M-Net Action.
Although the branding of the channel was changing from actionx to M-Net Action, the content remained the same initially.
In January 2011, around the time it became an HD channel, M-Net Action began reassigning its series to sister channels in the stable like M-Net Series, as it began the process of becoming a movies-only channel focusing on a male demographic.
In October 2012 it was assimilated into the new stable of M-Net Movies channels and rebranded as M-Net Movies Action Plus (channel 106, blockbuster movies from Action to Westerns, Horror and Sci-Fi) and M-Net Movies Action (channel 110, more B-grade action movies).