Anime Network Sheds VOD Status

Anime Network, which has been serving fans as a video-on-demand (VOD) format, is on the verge of becoming a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week national network. The changeover will make Anime the only independent network ever launched from a VOD programming service.

Tomorrow’s kickoff event will be held at Comcast Media Center in Littleton, Colo., where the network’s signal will originate. Sweepstakes winner Janine Hwang of Orlando, Fla., will become the first non-animated person to appear on the network as she flips the switch to officially launch the full-fledged net.

Major video game publishers Atari, Nintendo and Capcom will join Ex’Pression College for Digital Arts as initial primary advertisers on the Anime Network. "It’s a testament to the growing popularity of anime and the intense support of its fans that we have been able to line up top-notch advertisers before our linear launch," comments Anime Network president Kevin Corcoran.

Anime Network is owned by A.D. Vision, parent company of anime distributor ADV Films. The net’s programming includes such feature films and television series 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.