Anime Network Inks Linear Deal with Buckeye

Dec 13th 2004
ANIME NETWORK INKS LINEAR CABLE DEAL WITH BUCKEYE CABLESYSTEM

Milestone 24/7 Launch of Anime Network Programming to Begin December 21


HOUSTON, Texas - December 13, 2004 - Anime Network, the first channel in North America dedicated to anime, has announced a 10-year linear cable network agreement with Buckeye CableSystem to deliver its popular programming to subscribers as a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week network. A major milestone for Anime Network, this announcement marks yet another 24/7 deal with a major multisystem cable operator (MSO)-a solid step in the company's continued linear expansion. Anime Network already holds the distinction of being the first round-the-clock network ever launched from a Video On Demand (VOD) platform.

Beginning December 21-an early Christmas present for anime fans-viewers in Buckeye's service areas in greater Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio will be able to enjoy Anime Network programming nonstop, with a VOD option also available. Shows include such fan favorites as "Chobits," "Azumanga Daioh," "Peacemaker," "Chrono Crusade," "Full Metal Panic!," "Noir," "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040," "Mezzo," "Samurai X," "Robotech," "Gravion," "Kaleido Star," "RahXephon," "Excel Saga," "Battle of the Planets," "Final Fantasy: Unlimited," "Aquarian Age" and more.

"We at Buckeye CableSystem are pleased to be able to offer this genre of programming to our customers, and welcome the opportunity to put it on free VOD as well as a digital channel of its own," said Florence Buchanan, Buckeye vice president of sales and marketing. She added that the programming would be found on Channel 239 in the Toledo system and Channel 249 in Sandusky, both as part of the Variety pack of programming.

"Buckeye's franchise areas are literally teeming with loyal anime fans," said Kevin Corcoran, President of Anime Network. "By delivering anime 24/7, we will not only fulfill their demand for the entertainment they love so much, but will introduce it to a whole new audience of viewers."

With a fan base that includes the elusive 18-34 year old male viewer, Japanese style animation (anime) is among the hottest genres in the entertainment world today. Anime Network, now in 55 cities and nearly 12 million homes, delivers cutting-edge anime, from the newest releases to the classics of the genre. Young adult viewers can find non-stop action, martial arts, science fiction, drama, comedy, Japanese pop and rock music videos, youth culture and more in a visually compelling programming environment.



About Anime Network

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 thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digital cable video-on-demand technology and has quickly become one of the top performing video-on-demand networks in the U.S. The network also became available on a 24/7 basis in select U.S. markets beginning July 2004 and continues 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 MSOs. Additional information on Anime Network is available at www.theanimenetwork.com.

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