News Verizon Internet to Add Manga Entertainment Anime
posted on 2008-05-30 23:57 EDT
The premium channel operator Starz Media, film distributor Anchor Bay, and anime licensee Manga Entertainment have launched a subscription-based download-on-demand service with Verizon Communications that will give Verizon high-speed Internet customers access to over 3,000 titles from their catalogs, including movies, Manga Entertainment anime (films, OVAs and series), sports videos, and other content. The service will also feature a live feed of the main Starz cable channel. The subscription price for the Starz Play service is set at US$5.99 a month. In addition, customers of Verizon's FIOS TV will get access to all 16 Starz movie channels, as well as the associated video-on-demand options.
Starz is already operating its own Vongo service, with anime offerings including Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell, and Street Fighter II: The Movie. However, Vongo subscriptions are priced at US$9.99 a month, and according to the latest statistics, that service only has about 315,000 users.
Source: Los Angeles Times