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ANIME NETWORK TO PROVIDE iN DEMAND WITH PROGRAMMING FOR SEPTEMBER HIGH-DEF
INHD, INHD2 Will Target Entertainment Enthusiasts Who Demand More
NEW YORK - July 1, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- iN DEMAND, the nation's leading
provider of VOD and PPV programming, and the Anime Network, the first
cable channel in North America dedicated to anime (Japanese animation),
have announced an agreement for the Anime Network to provide content in
High-Definition on iN DEMAND's suite of 24-hour linear High-Definition
channels, INHD and INHD2. The announcement was made today by Rob
Jacobson, Chief Operating Officer, iN DEMAND and Kevin Corcoran, President
of Anime Network.
The Anime Network will provide a weekly program that will be exhibited in
HD on both INHD and INHD2. The first two titles to debut under the terms
of the agreement are "Spriggan" and "You're Under Arrest: The Movie."
The agreement marks a major commitment to High-Definition by iN DEMAND and
comes on the heels of iN DEMAND's recent High-Definition agreement with
Crown Media and College Sports Television.
"In general, owners of High-Definition television sets and those
considering such purchases are very passionate about TV and that passion
is about to reach new heights," said Jacobson. "We're pleased to announce
this agreement with the Anime Network, recognized globally for its
innovative programming. This agreement reinforces our commitment to
High-Definition and illustrates the continued momentum of major content
providers and distributors to supply High-Definition content."
"High-Definition technology provides a truly incredible viewing
experience," said John Ledford, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Anime
Network parent company A.D. Vision. "The strong visual textures of
Japanese animation are extraordinarily well-served by High-Definition
Corcoran of the Anime Network is confident that anime in High-Definition
will be eagerly received by anime fans. "We're thrilled to be working
with iN DEMAND and INHD," he said. "It's an opportunity to exploit
High-Definition technology for the optimal viewing experience it affords
our rapidly growing base of passionate viewers."
"INHD has been designed to serve as a destination for a vast array of
sports and entertainment content whose visual appeal will be magnified by
the High-Definition medium," said Jason Patton, Senior Director, Business
Development, iN DEMAND. "Our partnership with the Anime Network helps us
achieve this goal."
The INHD suite will feature several hundred hours of movies, professional
sports and general interest entertainment programming that maximizes the
High-Definition experience. At launch, there will be approximately 12
hours of unique programming daily that will be repeated throughout the day
and later in the week.
The content will be available in wide screen, high-resolution format and
will also feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio when available. While the audio
is equivalent to most DVD's, the picture quality is superior. iN DEMAND
is working with major digital file-server vendors and set-top
manufacturers to deliver its High-Definition content in the 1080i format.
According to a recent CTAM survey, digital cable subscribers have the
highest unaided awareness of HDTV among multi-channel TV consumers at 79%.
Ninety-two percent of adults who have seen HDTV or are broadband users
have unaided awareness of the technology. HDTV's picture quality, which
is profusely sharper than standard definition TV, is cited by 66% of
consumers as the most appealing attribute of HDTV.
The Anime Network(TM), 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 (Japanese animation). The Anime Network launched in
North America in late 2002. The network is being marketed to multi-system
operators (MSOs) from coast-to-coast as both a stand-alone 24-hour digital
network and as a VOD programming offer. For more information, visit
iN DEMAND delivers television premieres of the best movies, championship
boxing, mega-event wrestling, professional and college sports, plus
original entertainment. iN DEMAND's 60-channel digital lineup also offers
MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, ESPN Full Court and
NASCAR IN CAR on iN DEMAND. The company's shareholders are Comcast iN
DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc. and Time Warner
Entertainment -- Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information can be
found at www.indemand.com.
Source of news:
Pryor & Associates for Anime Network
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