Andrew from Kaze has been hinting at the launch of a new UK-focussed streaming service recently, and while the press release hasn't hit yet (it's due later today, I'm told), the site is now live, so say hello to Anime On Demand. A quick browse around the site and associated Twitter feed shows it to be a joint venture with Anime News Network (and if you have a user account on the main ANN site it will work just fine on AOD), with Manga UK and Beez also supporting the venture. We're promised archive and simulcast shows, but it'll be interesting to see what's simply being embedded / rehosted from Crunchyroll and FUNimation (as the US ANN video portal already does), and what will be genuinely new to UK users. Watch this space and I'll update this post when more information becomes available.
UPDATE: ...and the press release is here. You can read it in full below the cut, but the important details are that there will be shows on the service that are exclusive to AOD - the full line-up is due to be announced on Monday (4th April) - and that subscriptions are not horrifically-priced. A 4-month "early-adopter" pass for April-July will cost £9.99, while an annual sub will put you back £34.99, with annual subscribers being promised "extra special bonuses", as-yet to be revealed. There's also talk of a "a completely new and awesome pricing system so you don't have to pay for the same content repeatedly", as well as a promise of at least one free simulcast series each season. Sounds promising, and we wish them all the best. Now, where do I sign..?
PARIS (March 7th, 2011) - Kazé SAS and Anime News Network are pleased to announce "Anime on Demand", a new Video on Demand (VoD) platform for the UK dedicated to bringing you the hottest anime fresh from Japan in association with some of the UK's leading anime distributors.
Ever wanted a service where you didn't click on a file and find you were geo-filtered out? Ever felt frustrated with monthly-subscriptions and want to try a different way of doing things? How about one where you can interact face-to-face at events across the UK with the staff behind the project? All of these questions and more are what helped shape our decision to launch this platform in consensus with the whole UK industry.
Launching in April in time for the Spring simulcast season, we'll be bringing you some of the hottest titles in one convenient spot for the UK - more lineup details from Monday.
Instead of a monthly subscription price as well - alongside at least one free simulcast per season, we'll be trialling a completely new and awesome pricing system so you don't have to pay for the same content repeatedly!
Special first season pricing will be as follows:
SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER: Spring Season - early adopter's pass (April-July, including an extra month to sample the new season's anime): £9.99
Annual pass (Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn seasons): £34.99
There'll be some extra special bonuses for Annual pass buyers to be announced along with our line-up later in March.
Expect to see us travelling the convention scene in 2011 as well - starting with Kitacon at the beginning of April! If you have a question, request or something *you* would like to see then come along and see us there.
You can also sign up at Kitacon for £10 and get a free gift with registration! All you will be asked to enter to our sign up computer at the event will be your email address, a user name and a password plus bring the season pass fee!
While we prepare the website, www.anime-on-demand.com to launch, check us out on either Twitter or Facebook at the links below.
Facebook: Anime on Demand
ABOUT KAZE SAS:
Kazé is the leading distributor for Japanese anime in the France and beyond and has gone from strength to strength since combining with the Viz Media Group. With a diverse selection of licenses ranging from TV series like Bleach, Death Note and Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva across a wide variety of products including DVDs, CDs and merchandise. Watch out in 2011 for new and innovative ways to watch animé from Kazé and a host of other partners in the UK!
ABOUT ANIME NEWS NETWORK:
Anime News Network is the number 1 website worldwide for news and information about Japanese anime and manga. Anime News Network was launched in 1998 and now serves millions of readers from around the world every month. The company is also active in market research and has been streaming anime online since 2008. Anime News Network’s
mission is to bring the anime industry and its consumers together with the latest and best information, editorial and anime content. For more, visit http://www.AnimeNewsNetwork.com