Sony, Comcast May Bring Anime Channel to U.S.

Financial Times (FT.com) reports that Sony and Comcast have pacted to launch new television channels in the U.S. While details on those outlets have not yet been released, the report says Sony wants to introduce North American audiences to anime network Animax, which is seen in Asia and Latin America. The deal may also include action programming network AXN, which broadcasts such anime series as Samurai X, EI Hazard: The Alternative World and Dual during its weekday AniMania block.

In addition, Comcast and Sony plan to launch a video-on-demand channel that will air titles from Sony Pictures’ extensive library. The equally vast MGM catalog may also be mined by the venture if Sony’s $5 billion bid to acquire MGM is accepted in the next few days.

The FT.com article says teaming with Comcast will help Sony get past the cost hurdle that has prohibited past plans to expand in the U.S. market.