Anime Network Taps Akimbo Internet VOD Service

Jan 24th 2006
Anime Network Taps Akimbo Internet VOD Service

to Reach New Audiences

Akimbo To Bring the Latest in Japanese Animated Entertainment Over the Internet to Any TV

NATPE, LAS VEGAS – Jan. 24, 2006 – Akimbo™ today announced that Anime Network's comprehensive collection of animated films and TV programs from Japan will soon be available to North American viewers on-demand via the Akimbo Service. Among Japan's most recognizable cultural exports, anime is an art form that uses distinctive, vibrant animation to tell stories that blend elements of science fiction and fantasy. Now anime lovers will be able to watch Anime Network's ever-changing line-up of current shows and old-school gems on any TV when they subscribe to Akimbo, the world's largest Internet-to-TV video-on-demand service with more than 8,000 titles in some 85 categories.

“We partnered with Akimbo because our viewers told us they wanted more opportunities to watch anime on demand,” said Anime Network President and Chief Executive Office John Ledford. “The user-friendly, on-screen Akimbo Guide and pleasurable Queue-and-View™ format are ideal ways for people to experience Anime Network. Moreover, Akimbo lets us reach yet-untapped markets with the best new Japanese entertainment.”

Despite its popularity in the West, anime is often hard to find on regular broadcast and cable schedules. Anime Network was created to give millions of anime fans across North America better access to their favorite programs. Akimbo subscribers will soon discover Anime Network hits like “DN Angel” and “Full Metal Panic!” as well as legendary mainstays like “Robotech” and “Samurai X.”

Anime Network is one of the biggest sources of high-quality, up-to-date anime programming outside of Japan,” said Akimbo CEO Josh Goldman. “With a large but geographically scattered fan base, anime is the classic example of a genre that benefits from Akimbo's distribution model. Now anyone with a home broadband Internet connection will be able to experience the richness of Anime Network's catalog on any TV.”

Akimbo's award-winning service bridges the gap between broadcast and broadband, complementing existing broadcast, cable and satellite systems. The Akimbo collection features on-demand video and movies from over 165 providers. Programs include well-known film and television fare as well as hard-to-find specialty video in areas like extreme sports, education, music, healthy sustainable living, independent films and foreign languages.

Consumers can sign up for Akimbo through the Online Spotlight area of Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 PCs and at www.akimbo.com.

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.

About Akimbo

With the Akimbo Service, your wish is on demand™. Akimbo was named “Best of What's New” by Popular Science and accepted 2005 Digital World Innovations and CES Best of Innovations 2005 awards. With 12 patent applications featuring more than 150 patent claims, Akimbo is the first company to deliver digital-quality video-on-demand to any television via a broadband-Internet connection. Akimbo has offices in San Mateo, Calif. and is a privately held company funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures. For more information, visit www.akimbo.com

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