Following last month’s announcement of plans to launch a cable outlet devoted entirely to anime, ADV Films today unveiled details regarding roll-out of The Anime Network. The broadcast entity will go on the air in a series of stepped-up phases, the first of which is a mid-December launch as part of Comcast Cable’s video-on-demand initiative in the Philadelphia area.
Comcast’s VOD service is available to approximately 1.2 million customers in the Philadelphia area. Leadership at The Anime Network made its decision to launch Phase One via VOD service based on a belief that anime fans are generally tech-savvy people who will embrace the benefits of on-demand functionality.
ADV Films also confirms that the network will be going online with several other major national cable providers to bring The Anime Network to millions of viewers in service areas across North America.
The Anime Network model is structured around four categorized content areas: Action Zone, Sci-Fi, Comedy, and Martial Arts. Programming will encompass both feature films and episodic series. Featured titles will include Spriggan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Excel Saga, Martian Successor Nadesico, Gasaraki, Noir, Dai-Guard, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Orphen, Golden Boy, Sorcerer Hunters, Kimera, Ninja Resurrection, Tekken, Those Who Hunt Elves, Gunsmith Cats, Burn Up W and Samurai X: The Motion Picture.
The Anime Network is the first television channel in North America dedicated to the Japanese style of animation known as anime. For more information, visit http://www.theanimenetwork.com.