Anime Network Extends Reach

The Anime Network, the first channel in the nation dedicated to Japanese anime, is expanding its U.S.-market coverage with the help of Comcast ON DEMAND, the cabler’s video-on-demand service. The Anime net will rollout in Detroit, Indianapolis, Mobile, Savannah, Charleston, Huntsville, Atlanta, and Albuquerque during the rest of January.

"Our strategy with Comcast has proven to be very effective in evolving the nation’s loyal anime fans into a substantial digital cable subscriber base," says Kevin Corcoran, president of Anime Network. "These additional markets keep us on target with our original business plan and confirm our belief that anime is much more than just a popular programming trend."

Prior to the just announced expansion, approximately 25 hours of Anime Network programming was available to ON DEMAND customers in greater Philadelphia, central and northern New Jersey, Baltimore and portions of New England.

The Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002, and plans extensive availability beyond its initial digital cable video-on-demand roll-out. More information about the outlet is available through