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News: Anime Network Goes Live
posted June 27, 2004

July 27 -- Contest winner and Florida resident Janine Hwang threw the switch to begin Anime Network's move into the land of cable, becoming the first channel to start as a video-on-demand service. The 24-hour, 7-day-a-week national channel boasted of Atari, Nintendo and Capcom as advertisers.

The network is a division of AD Vision, Inc., also the publishers of a manga line. The television network underscores the relationship between anime and manga for much of that portion of the comics industry, and gives AD Vision a potential huge leg up when it comes to launching properties that can result in significant print runs for their manga. The network also benefits from the solid relationship the company enjoys in terms of print advertising with larger entertainment companies, including the three significant initial television sponsors.

Initial series offerings include BoogiePop Phantom Peacemaker, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Chobits, Chrono Crusade, Comic Part, Final Fantasy, Golden Boy, Graviton, Kaleidostar, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Noir, Orphen, Samurai X: The Motion Picture, Spriggan, and Tekken.

The Anime Network launched its digital cable video-on-demand service in 2002, and launched this latest effort out of the Comcast headquarters in Littleton, Colorado.