Anime Network To Offer New Anime Movies and Series on Comcast On Demand


New Anime Movies and Series Now Available

HOUSTON, January 23, 2005—Anime Network, the nation's first cable channel dedicated to anime, today announced that it is offering new anime movies and series as part of Comcast's ON DEMAND video-on-demand (VOD) service. These programs, available for $3.99 each, include selected titles that will be available on VOD concurrent with their home video release.

The new programming, totaling six hours each month, is in addition to four hours of monthly Anime Network shows that will continue to be available at no additional charge as part of Comcast's ON DEMAND service. Programs will be updated regularly so fans can always enjoy new selections from their favorite genre.

“The anime audience is big and getting bigger all the time,” said Anime Network president John Ledford. “Our demographics are extremely elastic, and we're particularly strong with 18-34 year olds, who are driving the growth of interactive TV. We're very happy to be teamed up with an industry leader like Comcast, which has brought video on demand to more homes than any other cable provider.”

Added Page Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Products for Comcast, “Anime has a very loyal following, and is tailor-made for viewing in an on-demand environment. We're pleased to be able to offer fans more of what they want to watch, when they want to watch it.”

Anime Network is now available in over 95% of all digitally-enabled homes in the United States and a number of systems in Canada.

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 become one of the nation's top video-on-demand offerings. 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.

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