Anime Network, the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime, is expanding from a Video-On-Demand service to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week network with multisystem cable operator Insight Communications, which expects to roll out the Anime Network on its digital tier in several markets.
Anime Network holds the distinction of being the only independent network ever launched from a VOD programming service. Insight Communications' systems moves Anime Network to a new level by giving fans non-stop anime action of feature films and television series such as NOIR, SPRIGGAN, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS TOKYO 2040, TEKKEN, GOLDEN BOY, NINJA RESURRECTION, SAMURAI X: THE MOTION PICTURE, COMIC PARTY, GRAVION, KALEIDOSTAR, ORPHEN, FINAL FANTASY, CHOBITS, BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM PEACEMAKER and CHRONO CRUSADE.
"We believe Anime Network's linear network will enhance and add value to our digital lineup by providing a destination for our customers who are a part of the growing number of fans of the Anime genre," said Terry Denson, vp of programming at Insight.
Added Corcoran of the Anime Network: "With this agreement, we have achieved a major milestone on behalf of Anime Network, and are proud of our standing as the only independent ever launched from a VOD start.
Insight Com. (www.insight-com.com) is the ninth largest cable operator in the U.S., serving approximately 1.4 million customers in the four contiguous states of Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Insight specializes in offering bundled, state-of-the-art services in mid-sized communities, delivering basic and digital video, high-speed data, and voice telephony in selected markets to its customers.
The Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime. The Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digital cable video-on-demand technology and has become the #1 offering of video-on-demand. Additional information on Anime Network is available at www.theanimenetwork.com.