Reliance’s Jio TV, one of India’s leading streaming services, has begun broadcasting the Animax Asia channel for the first time. The channel, which is focused on anime programming, is currently in a testing phase and is only available with Japanese audio without subtitles. The channel can be found on channel 444 of the Jio TV set-top-box and mobile application.
The move marks a significant step forward for the channel, which was removed from the Sony LIV app, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, in May 2020. The channel was acquired by KC Global Media in the same week as its removal from the Sony LIV app.
The acquisition was part of a larger deal that saw former Sony Pictures Television executives, Andy Kaplan and George Chien, purchase a number of entertainment networks that are broadcast in Southeast Asia and South Korea, including the AXN-branded channels, Animax, and South Korea’s Sony One entertainment channel, as well as the Japanese entertainment service GEM.
Animax Asia has a long history in India, with the Indian division of the channel, Animax India, being broadcast over cable and DTH television between July 2004 and April 2017. During its time on air, the channel went through several changes, starting with broadcasting its entire programming in English from August 2006 onward. However, it was taken off DTH services from 2012 onward, and was eventually replaced by Sony Yay in April 2017. Sony Pictures Entertainment started streaming Animax Asia on the Sony LIV app simultaneously.
Source – Jio TV mobile app & KC Global Media official website