Verizon FiOS TV subscribers will be able to access Japanese animation programming, across a new on-demand channel the provider is rolling out. Verizon says at least 45 hours of original programming will be available to subscribers each month for an additional $6.99 a month.
"The addition of the Anime Network will certainly help expand our VOD lineup," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.
The operator, like many others in the pay-TV industry, is constantly looking for more niche programming to fill the hundreds of channels most systems have available. Increasingly, however, pay-TV providers are looking to trim some niche programming that isn't pulling in viewers, saying the extra costs drive up subscription fees.
Anime Network offers a variety of hit shows on demand, such as "High School of the Dead," "Samurai Girls," "Xam'd," "Canaan," "Blue Drop," "E's Otherwise," "Kino's Journey," "Glass Mask," "Maria Holic" and "Legends of the Dark King."
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