team up to bring Anime Satellite channel to all
Asia, starting in January 2004
The October the 28th issue of Nippon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economy Newswire), announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment
of the United States will set up a Sony Pictures Television International
(SPTI) branch office in Singapore in order to begin the satellite broadcast of Japanese animation shows over Taiwan, Hong Kong and five countries in South-east
Asia starting in January.Animax Asia
will be a collaboration between SPTI and Animax
Tokyo. The SPTI branch office in Singapore will provide market expertise and operate the network while Animax
Tokyo will contribute its expertise on the Animax
brand and anime. Animax
Tokyo will also provide the programming content.
Shows such as Gundam
and Stand Alone Complex
will be broadcast in English, Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese depending on the area.
Agreements with basic cable carriers have already been signed to expand availability of Animax Asia
to subsequent territories. The channel is expected to have complete coverage of SE Asia in three years time.
A new Website for Animax Asia
has been set up at Animax-asia.com