FUNimation Doubles the FUN

Navarre Corp.’s FUNimation Ent. is doubling up on the anime action by extending its syndicated television block to four hours. The first broadcast outlet onboard is CoLours TV Network, which is available nationwide as part of DISH Network’s basic satellite package. Subscribers can catch the launch of the FUNimation block on Sept. 11.

CoLours TV Network will run FUNimation’s anime block seven days a week starting at 8 p.m. ET. Distributed by OlympuSAT, which also handles the 24-hour anime programming on the FUNimation Channel, the block will feature uncut episodes of such favorites as the action-adventure series Yu Yu Hakusho, the anime classic The Slayers and the hit comedy series Negima, which was voted as one of the top four anime series by fans in Japan.

The four-hour programming block is part of FUNimation’s aggressive plan to extend the reach of its anime brands. In June, the company inked a deal with Verizon to distribute the FUNimation Channel as part of the Verizon FiOS TV service.

The latest title to join the FUNimation library is Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, a new movie from Harmony Gold. FUNimation has acquired home video, broadcast and theatrical rights to the feature-length extension of the popular 1980s series, which left fans with a cliffhanger more than 20 years ago.