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Anime Network Taken Off Comcast, Put on DirecTV (Update 2)

posted on by Egan Loo
1st 5 episodes of Kiba, Mezzo, Azumanga Daioh on Nokia's Ovi Phone Service

A.D. Vision's Anime Network television service has announced on its web forum on Friday that it will no longer be available on the Comcast cable service provider in the United States. At the same time, The Anime Network announced it is available on the VOD service from the DirecTV satellite television provider. The network is also offering the first five episodes of the Kiba, Mezzo, and Azumanga Daioh anime series on the Ovi Phone Service for select Nokia phones.

Thank you to Prede for the news tip.

Update: The American anime distributor Funimation put its Funimation Anime video-on-demand content on Comcast earlier this month. This move coincided with the removal of Comcast's own Anime Selects package from the same cable provider.

The Anime Network was available as one of DirecTV's Pay per View Channels in 2006. It later became part of DirecTV's Video On Demand offerings.

Update 2: ADV Films Sales Account Manager Chris Oarr told ANN, "We're talking with Comcast about some alternative deployments that should work for both parties. For the next couple months, though, fans are gonna have to look elsewhere for their Anime Network fix." He also noted that The Anime Network is still available on Time Warner, Cablevision, and over a dozen other service operators.

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