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Animax Asia Channel Removed from 'Sony LIV' Streaming App

posted on by Adriana Hazra
KC Global Media acquires Asian pay-TV channels from Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony LIV, an Indian streaming app owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, removed Animax Asia from its channel listing on May 8. Sony has not made an official announcement regarding the removal of the channel, but KC Global Media officially acquired four Asian pay-TV channels, including Animax Asia, from Sony Pictures Entertainment on May 11.

Variety reported on January 7 that former Sony Pictures Television executives, Andy Kaplan and George Chien, have reached an agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the acquisition of three entertainment networks that are broadcast in Southeast Asia and South Korea. The three networks include "AXN-branded channels in the region, the anime-focused Animax and South Korea's Sony One entertainment channel." The final agreement also includes the Japanese entertainment service GEM.

The Indian division of Animax Asia, Animax India, was broadcast over cable and DTH television between July 2004 and April 2017. The channel went through several changes over its time on air. Animax India started broadcasting its entire programming in English from August 2006 onward and was taken off of DTH services from 2012 onward. Sony Pictures Entertainment replaced the channel with Sony Yay in April 2017 and started streaming Animax Asia on the Sony LIV app simultaneously.

Animax Asia's website currently lists Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Singapore as the countries where the channel is available.

Sources: Sony LIV's website, Variety (Cynthia Littleton)

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