Seeing how Funimation and Sentai are all over showing anime on special channels, Viz is now joining the anime channel bandwagon in the form of Neon Alley. So what kind of cable or satellite service do you need to jump on this new channel? None, because Neon Alley is going to be a service that will be available on your video game consoles (I assume that it is compatible with every current gen console.).
You can expect to see shows such as Naruto Shippuden, Death Note, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, Inuyasha: The Final Act, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Zetman, and Tiger & Bunny. In regards to the shows that have recently been licensed, you will have the chance to see the premier of their English dubs, along with every title being available in their pure uncut form. One of the good things out of this new service is that Viz is also planning to have it be open to anime titles from other distributors.
Neon Alley will be available in the fall for a subscription fee of US $6.99 per month, and the service will be in HD. However, you will have to deal with some minor advertisements along the way, which was placed there so that Viz can keep the service at the price that they are charging.
From the looks of it, the concept of there being ads might turn off most people from the service, since you have places like Crunchyroll that allow you to view anime titles in HD without having to deal with ads. Though Neon Alley's advantage will lie in the fact that they are also offering other stuff besides anime, such as martial arts films; whereas Crunchyroll has a separate service for their non-anime material.
You can find out more information about Viz's service at Neon Alley's Website, which will update with more news in regards to the content in the near future.
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