Sony Pictures Television Networks will launch a UK version of its anime channel, Animax, as a subscription video-on-demand service.
Due to launch online this autumn at AnimaxTV.co.uk, Sony said the service is then expected to soon roll out on more platforms and devices.
SPT Networks UK has signed a multi-year deal with anime provider VIZ Media to secure exclusive content for the SVOD service, which will include the UK premieres of the series Death Note and Vampire Nights.
“With its roots in Japan, Animax is the leading international channel brand for anime, so launching a bespoke UK version isgreat news to fans here,” said Kate Marsh, senior VP for SPT Networks, Western Europe.
Animax reaches 60 million households in 17 countries and is available in 14 languages.