Press Release #123 (5/21/12)
For immediate release
ANIME NETWORK SELECTS iN DEMAND TO HANDLE VOD TRANSPORT
Top Japanese Animation Service Added to iN DEMAND Portfolio
New York, May 21 - Anime Network, the most widely distributed anime channel in North America, has concluded a deal with iN DEMAND, the industry's leading distributor of transactional Video On Demand (VOD) as well as Pay-Per-View (PPV) content, to handle all transport of its popular service to its subscriber universe beginning on May 24, 2012, it was announced today by Bob Benya, President & CEO, iN DEMAND and Stacy Dodson, Executive Vice President, Anime Network. Anime Network joins the more than 40 programmers who currently use iN DEMAND to deliver their On Demand content to homes across North America.
"We're thrilled to partner with iN DEMAND to transport our programming throughout North America. We have the utmost confidence in their comprehensive technical expertise, bandwidth capacity and outstanding customer service in delivering content to our affiliates," said Anime Network's Ms. Dodson.
Anime Network reaches over 45 million North American homes through Subscription and Free On Demand. Catering to its highly desirable 15-30 male demographic, Anime Network provides a variety of content packages such as Comedy, Action and Sci-Fi, with new content refreshed each week. Popular titles include Angel Beats, Book of Bantorra, Broken Blade, Clannad, Elfen Lied and High School of the Dead.
"Anime Network holds a unique place among all television services because of its distinctive content and passionate following across a huge fan base," said Mr. Benya of iN DEMAND. "We are thrilled that Anime Network has chosen our state-of-the-art transport infrastructure to deliver their popular product to millions of followers."
iN DEMAND, which is well known throughout the industry as a pioneer and top distributor of Pay-Per-View (PPV), transactional VOD content, is also one of the leading companies transporting content to cable systems on behalf of linear networks and VOD services. It began its transport business a decade ago. iN DEMAND now transports On Demand programming directly to affiliates for such services as Music Choice, Ski Channel, Bollywood On Demand, New Frontier and other prominent content providers. In addition, through a collaboration with the Comcast Media Center (CMC) in Denver, iN DEMAND delivers VOD content for many network groups and channels including AMC Networks, FOX, MLB Network, Scripps, TV Guide Network and many other programmers.
iN DEMAND currently distributes its portfolio of products to 57 million digital cable and telco households across North America and the Caribbean. With a quarter-century track record, its technical infrastructure and expert staff flawlessly delivers an annual payload of more than 70,000 hours of content, plus over 10,000 promotional pieces. It boasts superior customer service and technical reliability for both transactional and free on demand delivery. iN DEMAND has recently completed a bandwidth expansion, doubling its transport capacity in 2011.
About iN DEMAND L.L.C.
iN DEMAND L.L.C. is a pioneer and world leader in providing exciting transactional and subscription entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through cable Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video-On-Demand (VOD) as well as on digital platforms, and in SD, HD and 3D. PPV programming includes movies, boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts events from all leading providers, plus digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern via its Howard TV On Demand offering. iN DEMAND's owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about its transport services can be found at: http://www.indemand.com/business/services/vod-transport-services.php
About Anime Network
Celebrating its 10th year, Anime Network is a leading broadcast and digital distributor of Japanese animation and Asian cinema in North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Anime Network was founded in 2002 and launched as one of the first VOD networks on most major cable providers. Anime Network's mission is to bring the best in anime programming to every household in North America.
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