Viz Media’s Anime Channel Goes Live on PS33 Oct, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Anime distributor Viz Media has launched its 24-hour subscription-based anime channel Neon Alley, availably exclusively on the PlayStation Network and the PlayStation 3.
Viz will offer a limited-time, free one-week trial of the service, before charging a $6.99 subscription fee. Viz aims to expand the service to other platforms. The service includes limited commercial advertising.
“The Neon Alley premiere on PlayStation 3 is a landmark event for anime fans,” said Ken Sasaki, president and CEO of Viz Media. “Neon Alley combines the appointment viewing and joy of discovery of traditional broadcast TV with the ease of subscribing to a dedicated anime channel. Fans will find all of their favorite series alongside the best of the best new series they didn’t even know they were missing.”
Calling it the first studio-agnostic 24-hour anime platform, Viz’s Neon Alley features titles from its own anime producers and content distributors, as well as Aniplex, Funimation, NTV, Taiseng, Anime News Network and Empire Distribution.
Initial programming includes fan favorites “Inuyasha: The Final Act,” “Death Note,” “Naruto Shippuden,” “Berserk: The Golden Age Arc,” “Zetman” and “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.”
The service allows users to shoot 15-second video clips via Webcam that can be shared on websites Tout.com, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and via SMS and email.