Cartoon Network has teamed up with VIZ Media to launch a new streaming channel. On July 17 Toonami Jetstream will be launched to offer 24-hour streaming video. This will be a free ad-supported channel. The channel is named after Cartoon Network’s Toonami action-adventure programming block when some of its most popular shows air.
Just like Toonami, Toonami Jetstream will be a mix of Cartoon Networks original programming and anime from Japan. VIZ Media’s main business is the publishing and licensing of Japanese anime. This is the main reason for VIZ Media’s involvement and the most interesting aspect of the new channel.
“Cartoon Network has long been the dominant TV provider of the best anime and action,” said Paul Condolora, senior vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network New Media. “And we were the first to stream, in 2001, full-length anime series online. Now, with this joint venture with VIZ Media, we will give our fans the chance to view popular shows on-demand and follow new series that cannot be seen anywhere else. We also believe this will bring new fans to the action/anime genre, create interest in new shows and build the overall popularity of Toonami on Cartoon Network.”
“ToonamiJetstream will provide our current fans and new fans alike with unlimited opportunities to view our popular hit shows such as Naruto,” explained John Easum, executive vice president of VIZ Media. “It will also give us the opportunity to share with our fans an unprecedented variety of Japan’s newest and most exciting animated series. We are thrilled to be expanding our strong relationship with Cartoon Network. VIZ Media is one of the industry’s leading licensors of Japanese animation and Cartoon Network is the preeminent broadcaster of Japanese animation and we believe that our collective forces will make ToonamiJetstream the online destination of choice for action-adventure animation fans.”
Source: Anime News Network
Five shows are scheduled for the July launch – Naruto, Samurai Jack, Hikaru No Go, MAR, and The Prince of Tennis. Only Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack is a Cartoon Network original. The other four are all Japanese imports, of which Hikaru No Go, MAR, and The Prince of Tennis will be shown in the US exclusively on Toonami Jetstream. Naruto has been broadcast on Cartoon Network since 2005.