Anime Network Completes 1st Week as 24/7 Network


Industry's First Channel To Move From Strictly VOD to 24/7 Format
Launches With Event From the Comcast Media Center in Denver

Network Kicks Off With Classic Episode of "Neon Genesis Evangelion"

HOUSTON, TX - August 2, 2004 - Anime Network became the first cable channel to move from a strictly video-on-demand (VOD) format to a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week national network on July 27 with a kickoff event from the Comcast Media Center in Littleton, CO, where the network's signal originates. The winner of Anime Network's national "Launch the Network Sweepstakes," Janine Hwang of Orlando, Fla., pulled a lever to officially inaugurate the network uplink, making the best of anime available to cable systems nationwide.

After the kickoff event at 12:00 noon CT, the network officially began its programming schedule with an episode of the wildly popular series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," the futuristic story of a fierce battle for the Earth, between the mysterious alien beings known as the Angels, and mankind's last hope for survival, the awe-inspiring Evangelions, after the inhabitants of Earth are nearly completely wiped out by a mysterious meteorite strike on Antarctica.

With its 24/7 linear network nationwide launch, Anime Network moves to a new level, giving fans non-stop anime action in feature films and television series such as "Noir," "Spriggan," "Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040," "Tekken," "Golden Boy," "Ninja Resurrection," "Samurai X: The Motion Picture," "Comic Party," "Gravion," "Kaleidostar," "Orphen," "Final Fantasy," "Chobits," "BoogiePop Phantom" "Peacemaker," and "Chrono Crusade."

About Anime Network
The Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime with access to thousand of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. The Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digital cable video-on-demand technology and has become the #1 offering of video-on-demand. The network is broadening its initial roster of multi-system operator agreements to provide its programming nationwide, helping to bring the elusive 18-34 tech savvy male demographic back to television and drive demand for additional digital services offered by MSO's. Additional information on Anime Network is available at

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