Anime Network expands VoD service in the US


MUMBAI: 200,000 households in West Virginia, US, will be able to access a Subscription Video On Demand service (SVOD) from May 2007, due to a deal struck between Anime Network and Suddenlink Communications.

One of only a few Suddenlink Communications deals that Anime Network hopes to ink over the course of the next year, this agreement will provide more animation to more fans. Anime Network programming will also be available in this market as a free, two-hour sampling.

Claiming to be the largest Video On Demand offering in all of North America, Anime Network is positioned as one of the best cable television access points for otaku in their search for diverse, quality Japanese animation.

Anime’s other partner is the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance, which will carry Anime Network’s Subscription Video On Demand package to even more households. Approximately 300,000 subscribers will have a renewed access to Japanese animation from one of the industry’s leading distributors. The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance will supply viewers with this package all throughout Canada.

With over 95 per cent penetration to all VOD-enabled households, Anime Network is tapping various distribution platforms, including 24/7 linear, Video On Demand, mobile and other new media platforms.