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Animax being removed from DStv at the end of October 2010

Animax being removed from DStv at the end of October 2010

Animax, channel 126 on DStv, will no longer air after the end of this month because it didn't live up to MultiChoice's stringent viewer performance appraisals over the past three years.

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"MultiChoice would like to advise its subscribers that Animax which has been airing on DStv channel 126, will go off the air as of Sunday, October 31 2010 at 23:25," the pay TV operator says about Animax's termination.

"The channel is going off the air because the Japanese anime genre that was featured on Animax didn't attract the broad viewing audience that MultiChoice had targeted. Channel 126 will be reserved for a new channel from Sony Pictures Television which will launch in February 2011. The new channel will retain some of the very popular live action and reality-based programmes that were popular on Animax."

"In order to appeal to a broader audience, the new channel will focus on action-oriented movies, game shows, series and reality programmes," says MultiChoice.

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What are your thoughts? Was Animax going downhill anyway, especially since the introduction of a slew of new reality shows?

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OutrackOutrack

Joined: 15 February 2010 @ 11:03

Very disappointing news. I kept meaning to write to both DSTV and Animax to complain about the quality and stress that it wasn't a lack of interest that caused the decline in viewership, but the total mismanagement of the channel (broadcasting episodes out of sequence, repeating shows endlessly, alienating the core audience with the introduction of second-rate reality shows and so on).

Here's hoping anime can make a comeback sometime in future as there is a definite interest and a lot of potential for growth.
Posted: 27 October 2010 @ 15:47


ChimeraChimera
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Joined: 01 October 2009 @ 12:19

I agree with you, Outrack. My only fear is now that Animax will be disappearing doesn't that diminish the chances of introducing more people into the "anime circle"?

Even online anime stores in SA are not what they used to be. MJS seems to have disappeared and so has Akiba and then there's AnimeDirect that was purchased by AWX.
Posted: 27 October 2010 @ 15:55


chowzenchowzen

Joined: 23 July 2010 @ 13:31

Agreed on both accounts. To me, Animax was good in a sense that it could attract more people to anime, but the shows were of such poor quality and endless repeats bummed even the biggest fan out. A year or two ago - a lot of us(anime forums and circles banned together) wrote to Animax and DSTV complaining of this, and what we thought were shows they should air.
Obviously we never had a response. I am a firm believer that Animax did more harm than it did good. But the good that it did, was good indeed.

I also hope that some kind of new channel or whatever would come into air in this country and show some proper anime...ai ai ai tog!!
Posted: 29 October 2010 @ 12:19