Canada's Bionix on Demand for Anime Ends This Month
posted on by Egan Loo
The Canadian television channel YTV is discontinuing its Bionix on Demand video-streaming service this month. The service began in 2005 under the name Anime on Demand with InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, Witch Hunter Robin, .hack//SIGN, SD Gundam Force, and Gundam Seed. YTV then renamed the service to Bionix on Demand to tie into its Bionix television block, but it still offered "24/7 anime through subscription video on demand."
The exact date that Bionix on Demand will end will depend on each individual subscriber's service provider.
In 2006, YTV applied for a license to run a national channel to be called the Anime Channel. However, YTV has yet to announce any actual launch dates after being granted the license.
The first Naruto anime series, which is one of the last anime to run on YTV's standard television channel, stopped running new episodes on the channel this past Saturday. YTV no longer uses the Bionix brand on its showings of either Naruto or Bleach. Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, and Dinosaur King are the only anime series with new episodes on the channel.
Thanks to Primus for the news tip.
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