News Toonami Jetstream Video-Streaming Service Shuts Down
posted on 2009-01-31 00:47 EST by Egan Loo
America's Cartoon Network has shut down its Toonami Jetstream video-streaming service on Friday, although the Naruto anime series will continue to be streamed on other sites. Upon its closure, the Toonami Jetstream website posted the following message:
We greatly appreciate all the fan support for Toonami Jetstream over the past years. Starting January 30, Naruto will make its new home on CN Video at CartoonNetwork.com. Fans of MAR, Blue Dragon, and other popular VIZ Media series previously featured on Toonami Jetstream should check www.viz.com for future updates.
Viz Media and Cartoon Network launched the service on July 17, 2006 with both Viz-licensed anime titles and original Cartoon Network programming. It was one of the first efforts by a North American anime distributor to stream entire series for free online.
The service was the last vestige of the Toonami brand, since the original Toonami programming block ended its 11-year run last September. Last week, Toonami Jetstream replaced its usual rotating slate of programming with "the 10 best episodes from every show." By the end, the service had hosted all but three episodes of Hikaru no Go, all but 10 episodes of Blue Dragon, all but seven of the English-dubbed episodes of Zatch Bell, and about a dozen Kiba episodes.