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The Anime Network American Launch

posted on 2002-12-13 16:57 EST
ADV Films new 24hr tv network The Anime Network will make its debut in Philadelphia. The website for the network has also been updated with new information about what series will be premiering.

Excerps of press release:

ADV Films today announced details about the impending launch of The Anime Network(tm). The network will go on the air in a series of stepped-up phases, with Phase One a mid-December launch as part of Comcast Cable's video-on-demand (VOD) initiative in the Philadelphia area, delivering programs directly to viewers, at their request, at any time.

Comcast's VOD service-including The Anime Network(tm)-is available to approximately 1.2 million customers in the Philadelphia area. The Anime Network is the first television channel in North America dedicated to anime (Japanese animation) and anime-related content.

Leadership at The Anime Network(tm) described the decision to launch Phase One via VOD service as one of complementary strengths. "We're very excited to have completed this deal with Comcast; their VOD functionality is a perfect fit for our first step. Plus, we believe that on-demand systems are going to be a strong and enduring element of the direct-delivered home entertainment industry," said John Ledford, President and CEO of A.D. Vision, Inc., parent company of The Anime Network(tm) and ADV Films.

Content
The Anime Network(tm) model is structured around four categorized content areas: Action Zone, Sci-Fi, Comedy, and Martial Arts. The mid-December launch of The Anime Network(tm) will include approximately 25 hours of available content, including both feature films and episodes from series. Titles will include "Spriggan," "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Excel Saga," "Martian Successor Nadesico," "Gasaraki," "Noir," "Daiguard," "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." Viewers in the Philadelphia area wishing to confirm availability of The Anime Network in their specific areas can do so by visiting http://www.Comcast.com.

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