Funimation Channel

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Funimation Channel
Funimation Channel Logo.svg
Launched September 29, 2005
Owned by Olympusat
Branding licensed from Funimation[1]
Country United States
Broadcast area United States
Headquarters West Palm Beach, FL
Website http://funimation.tv
Availability
Cable
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for details
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 1484 (HD)

The Funimation Channel is a 24-hour cable network which broadcasts anime series in the United States. Olympusat[2] was chosen as the exclusive distributor of the network.

The linear channel is available on AT&T U-verse, Frontier FiOS, iFiber Communications, Groton Utilities, Sjoberg's Inc, SureWest, TVMAX, Wavevision and [3] Choice Cable TV.[4]

Funimation Channel premiered such titles as Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos movie and Okami-san on its VOD service.[5] The subscription video on-demand service for Funimation Channel is available on Optimum,[6] Charter Communications,[7] Armstrong Cable.[8] The channel launched its HD feed on September 27, 2010.[9]

Colors TV block[edit]

The Funimation Channel started out as a block on television network Colours TV. Programs during this era were Dragon Ball, Negima!, Kodocha, The Slayers, Blue Gender, Kiddy Grade, Fruits Basket, Case Closed and YuYu Hakusho.

History[edit]

The Funimation Channel is North America's second 24-hour English-dubbed anime digital cable network. The first was A.D. Vision's Anime Network[10] The service originally was available to a few cities via UHF digital signals and was temporary as the channel was trying to gain a foothold in the already crowded digital cable landscape. Another short-term service was the syndication of a FUNimation Channel block to one of OlympuSAT’s affiliate networks, Colours TV syndicated block.[11] Both services were discontinued in favor for a more successful expansion on digital cable, fiber optics and DBS systems, making it now a cable television network.

In May 2009, Funimation Channel continued its expansion on cable launching on Comcast's VOD platform [12] and offering two services - Free On Demand and PPV On Demand. The PPV VOD offers viewers a chance to watch titles prior to their DVD release.[13] Movies and packaged specials are available at $2.99 each while episodes are available at $.99 each.

As of September 27, 2010, a High Definition feed was launched alongside existing VOD services.[14] On February 16, 2012, Verizon announced that it will drop Funimation Channel and Bridges TV from its Verizon FiOS service "on, or after March 15" due to "very low viewership".[15] In response to reaction from Verizon FiOS TV customers, FiOS TV returned Funimation Channel via Video on Demand.[16] Channel 262 remains on the FiOS system operated by Frontier Communications in some ex-Verizon territories.[17] Cablevision's Optimum TV recently launched[18] FUNimation Channel On Demand in the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area. Adding this MSO increased FUNimation Channel's footprint to over 40 million households nationwide.

Programming[edit]

Anime[edit]

Anime films[edit]

Live-action films[edit]

OVAs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympusat, Inc. Owns & Operates FUNimation Channel
  2. ^ "Navarre's Funimation Entertainment and Verizon Sign Distribution Agreement". Navarre. September 29, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Operators". Funimation Channel. October 7, 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Choice Cable TV". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2012-05-02/olympusat-funimation-channel-hd-now-available-to-4-million-subscribers-on-verizon-fios". 
  6. ^ http://optimum.com/digital-cable-tv/on-demand/premium-channels/
  7. ^ http://blog.funimation.com/2011/01/funimation-channel-on-charter/
  8. ^ "Armstrong Cable - Funimation Channnel". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Funimation Channel Launches on AT&T-U Verse in High-Definition". Anime News Network. September 30, 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Funimation Entertainment Announces the launch of the Funimation Channel in Seattle". Mania. December 20, 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Navarres Funimation Entertainment Doubles Anime Programming for Syndicated Anime Block". RedOrbit. September 7, 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Funimation Anime on Demand Now on Comcast Nationwide". Anime News Network. May 5, 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "PR Newswire". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Funimation Channel Goes High-Definition". Anime News Network. September 7, 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Verizon Drops Funimation Channel from FiOS Service". February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Olympusat’s FUNimation Channel Now Available on Verizon FiOS TV Video on Demand". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Frontier FiOS TV channel lineup
  18. ^ http://www.prweb.com/releases/OptimumTV/FUNimation/prweb10263317.htm

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