The Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company of ADV Films and Newtype USA) is a cable channel in North America dedicated to anime. The network launched in North America in late 2002 and is marketed to multi-system operators (MSOs) as both a Free and Subscription Video On Demand programming service.
At launch the Anime Network was only available by Video On Demand (VOD) 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 compliment the VOD service.
|Free On Demand||Free VOD||Up to 10 hours of content. Content is edited and ad supported.||Available to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Buckeye CableSystem customers. Providers who offer Subscription On Demand may make the Free On Demand package available to all their customers.|
|Events On Demand||Events VOD||Full volumes of unedited anime shows for $3.99.||Currently only available to Comcast subscribers.|
|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.||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.|
|Bright House Networks||Cable||Free VOD|
|Comcast||Cable||Free VOD/Events VOD|
|DirecTV||Satellite||Free VOD||HD DVR "HR20/HR21" owners only/High Speed Internet required.|
|Rogers Communications||Cable||SVOD/Free VOD||Canadian cable provider|
|Shaw Digital TV||Cable||SVOD||Canadian cable provider|
|Suddenlink Communications||Cable||SVOD/Free VOD||Subscription On Demand channel 995, Free On Demand channel 996.|
|Time Warner Cable||Cable||Free VOD|
|Wide Open West||Cable||SVOD/Free VOD||Previously carried the 24/7 linear service.|
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.