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The Anime Network (TAN), a former subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company of ADV Films), is a cable and satellite digital broadcast service in North America dedicated to anime.


The network was launched in North America in late 2002 as mostly digital anime television subchannels and is marketed to multi system operators (MSOs) as both a Free and Subscription Video On Demand (VOD) programming service.

The Anime Network ceased broadcast of its linear 24/7 network on January 1, 2008; it continues to support a VOD service and online player on its main website. On September 1, 2009, A.D. Vision had sold off the Anime Network to Valkryie Media Partners LLC.[1]

Anime Network also provides online streaming of its anime for North America and UK via its website with free full-length preview episodes for non-members, more episodes for members, and all online titles available for subscribers.

Availability and Distribution Edit

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At launch the Anime Network was only available by Video On Demand to Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area with 1.2 million customers with more providers choosing to carry the service later on. The linear service launched on June 30, 2004 to complement the VOD service.[2][3] Comcast Communications previously carried the channel on video on demand since its launch. On May 29, 2009 Comcast discontinued carriage of the service in both its free package and its pay-per-view digital television package.[4]

24/7 Linear Service Edit

From June 30, 2004 to January 4, 2008, Anime Network offered a 24/7 channel available to cable and satellite providers. The service was only carried by small cable companies. On January 4, 2008, Anime Network officially announced that the 24/7 service would cease operations. The network will still operate as a Video On Demand provider.[2]

Video On Demand Edit

The Anime Network's content is distributed through Video On Demand in two formats.

Type Abbreviation Content Information Notes
Free On Demand Free VOD Up to 25 hours of content. Content is edited and ad supported.[5][6] Available to DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Buckeye CableSystem[7] customers. Providers who offer Subscription On Demand may make the Free On Demand package available to all their customers.
Subscription On Demand SVOD Up to 15-25 episodes per week, content is unedited and not ad supported. Subscription On Demand subscribers also receive new premieres, shows, and exclusive content not available to Free On Demand customers.[8] Carried on six of the nation's top ten cable providers and various smaller cable companies. Providers like Cox, Suddenlink and Insight will also distribute the Free On Demand package to all their customers. Some providers like Charter, Mediacom and Shaw Digital TV will only make the Subscription On Demand package available. Dish Network carries a pay-per-view based Subscription On Demand on their DISH Online service.

Sony announced at E3 2010 that the Playstation Network would begin carrying The Anime Network.[9]

Providers Edit

Following is a selected list of providers that distribute Anime Network. A more complete list can be found on their Video On Demand Schedule page.

Provider Cable/Satellite Format Notes
Bright House Networks[10] Cable Free VOD
Cablevision[11][12] Cable SVOD
Cogeco Cable SVOD/Free VOD Canadian cable provider
Cox[13] Cable SVOD/Free VOD
DirecTV[5] Satellite Free VOD Customers must have their own broadband access, such as cable-modem or ADSL.
Dish Network[14] Satellite SVOD/Free VOD Customers must have their own broadband access, such as cable-modem or ADSL.
Rogers Communications[15][16] Cable SVOD/Free VOD Canadian cable provider
Shaw Digital TV[17][18] Cable SVOD Canadian cable provider
Suddenlink Communications[8] Cable SVOD/Free VOD Subscription On Demand channel 995, Free On Demand channel 996.
Time Warner Cable[6] Cable Free VOD
Wide Open West[19] Cable SVOD/Free VOD Previously carried the 24/7 linear service.
Wave Broadband Cable/Fiber Optic Free VOD Wave was previously known as Charter (& replaces Charter) in some parts of North America (E.G. West Sacramento, Washington, and Oregon).

Anime Network (UK)Edit

Script error On June 3, 2007 Anime Network was launched in the United Kingdom as a programming block on the Propeller TV satellite channel. It was broadcast as a 2 hour block with 4 different anime series and aired from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, 7 days a week. The block was removed from the schedule on January 1, 2008.

Anime Network MoviesEdit

  • Appleseed
  • A Placed Promised in Our Early Days

Anime programmes that aired on Anime Network (UK)Edit


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External linksEdit

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