Sony Pictures Television Networks has recently announced plans to launch a version of their anime channel, Animax, for the UK using a subscription VOD model. In support of the launch, Viz Media has signed a multi-year volume deal with Sony in order to be the exclusive content provider for the new service.
The initial catalogue that will be offered on Animax UK will include UK premieres such as Death Note and Vampire Nights, as well as other popular series such as Bleach and Black Lagoon.
Kate Marsh, senior vice president for SPT Networks, Western Europe said, "With its roots in Japan, Animax is the leading international channel brand for anime, so launching a bespoke UK version is great news to fans here. Securing this exclusive deal with VIZ Media ensures we will be first to market with key releases and offer some of the best series directly from the centre of the anime world."