Anime Network Launches 5 New 24/7 Linear Channels in Texas

Mar 12th 2007
ANIME NETWORK RACKS UP 24/7 LINEAR CARRIAGE IN TEXAS WITH LAUNCH ON HOME STATE TELECOM PROVIDER GRANDE COMMUNICATIONSÒ



HOUSTON, TX – March 12, 2007 – As the result of a new distribution deal with Grande CommunicationsÒ, Anime Network is now available to Grande customers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, San Antonio and Waco.



Anime Network has been one of the most highly requested channels among our customers,” said Grande Senior Vice President of Marketing Miguel Lecuona. “Adding the channel will make Grande the first cable provider in many of our markets to offer 24/7 linear coverage of Anime Network, providing a popular supplement to our diverse programming choices and a significant value added option to our customers who are fans of the network.”



Beginning this month, Anime Network is available to Digital Cable customers through Grande in the following Texas cities:



* Austin, channel 171
* Corpus Christi, channel 174
* Dallas, channel 170
* San Antonio, channel 171
* Waco, channel 174



Grande's decision to provide 24/7 linear carriage of the channel strengthens Anime Network's market share in Texas, where the burgeoning network continues to build on its position as the leading 24/7 linear anime service among cable operators.



“While our stronghold in the on-demand realm is well-documented, Anime Network is also committed to 24/7 linear service as a preferred format to reach our passionate and loyal fan base,” said Kevin McFeeley, Vice President of Affiliate Sales and New Media for Anime Network. “We're now seeing our VOD success transition into the 24/7 linear carriage deals we've been seeking, and we're happy to add Grande to that growing list.”



Anime Network's launch with Grande comes on the heels of 24/7 linear cable launches into new markets in Puerto Rico, Missouri, Houston, Florida and Wisconsin, and marks its continued growth as a linear cable offering.



About Grande Communications (www.grandecom.com)

Headquartered in San Marcos, Grande Communications® is building a deep-fiber broadband network to homes and businesses from the ground up. Grande delivers high-speed Internet, local and long-distance telephone and digital cable over its own advanced network to communities in Texas. Grande's bundled service area includes portions of San Marcos, Austin, Corpus Christi, suburban northwest Dallas, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio and Waco. Grande also leverages its telephone and data infrastructure by serving enterprises and communications carriers nationwide with broadband transport services and network services. Grande's voice network terminates traffic worldwide, offering both traditional and IP-based services; its managed modem network provides coverage nationwide; and its private line and metropolitan networks provide optical services in Texas and surrounding states. Grande's 3,100-fiber-mile network incorporates SONET-based technology for protection, diversity and optimal performance.



About Anime Network

Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is America's #1 Anime Channel, reaching more than 40 million households with thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Launched in North America in late 2002, Anime Network is the nation's top video-on-demand (VOD) offering, and is also available as a 24/7 linear channel in several U.S. markets. The network continues to broaden its national roster of multi-system operator (MSO) agreements, bringing the elusive 18–34, tech-savvy male demographic back to television and driving demand for additional digital services offered by MSOs. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.

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