Animax India is the Indian division of Animax Asia, a Japanese anime broadcasting television channel in Mumbai, India. It currently airs in English 24 hours a day. This channel is a part of Japanese media conglomerate Sony. It is also the first animation channel to be targeting from age 13-35 and the only channel to simulcast anime same week and same day as Japan.
Animax began operations across India and the rest of South Asia from 5 July 2004. It is operated and broadcast from Singapore by Animax Asia and distributed by SET India. Animax South Asia started with 12 hours Hindi feed that targeted young kids and teens ages 7–14 and they have planned to launch separate 24x7 Hindi & English feed but from August 15, 2006, Animax entirely removed the Hindi language feed and decided to make it into a 24x7 English feed, since they changed its target audience to focus exclusively to teen & young adults of metros, ages 15–40.
On 1 January 2008 Animax South Asia merged with Animax Asia's programming feed, including all of its exclusive premieres. Animax India rebranded its logo along with Singapore on May 4, 2010 and now it has its very own 24/7 English language feed. Animax became the first channel to simulcast the ultra popular series, Supernatural. Continuing with the sci-fi shows, Animax aired Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for the first time in entire Asia. Animax also aired Korean entertainment shows like Live Power Music, Pretty Boys & Girls and Comedy Boot Camp in Korean audio with English subtitles. Animax added American reality shows to their list with the premiere of Scare Tactics. Animax also simulcasts the yearly Video Game Awards hosted by Spike TV.
With the Premiere of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Animax stopped dubbing anime and aired it in Japanese audio with English subtitles. However, Animax continued to dub a few anime shows like the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Animax continued to simulcast all the shows aired on AXN, its sister channel. The Shows Ghost Adventures, Chuck and Fear Itself were originally aired on AXN India. In 2012, the channel stopped airing such shows and reverted to its old logo, and focused only on anime. Moreover, all DTH providers in India delisted Animax as the channel couldn't pay carriage fees.
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