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Anime Network Streaming Website Switches to Cable, Video on Demand Only (Updated)

posted on by Karen Ressler

Anime Network, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the "www.theanimenetwork.com" domain name from Anime Network Online (ANO). The website currently hosts ANO's online streaming service, which consists of content licensed by The Anime Network. Going forward, the domain will focus solely on Anime Network's cable television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) services.

A new anime streaming service titled HIDIVE also launched on Tuesday. It has not claimed affiliation with Anime Network. HIDIVE will stream some of the same titles that are currently streaming on ANO, including the ongoing simulcast Frame Arms Girl. The anime was previously exclusive to ANO but is now listed as a HIDIVE exclusive.

The Anime Network was formerly a subsidiary of AD Vision, and continued to operate independently after AD Vision shut down in 2009. The company offered a 24/7 linear television service from 2004 to 2008.

Update: HIDIVE LLC issued a press release on Wednesday confirming that it has acquired ANO's assets. ANO will cease operations following a limited transition period for subscriber migration.

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