The FUNimation Channel made the announcement via their Twitter account today that AT&T UVerse will be carrying them starting today. The new channel, 1484, will appear under the Premium HD Tier on the service. Uverse currently offers FUNimation's shows that are on Hulu via their own site, giving the network and the company's shows a fair bit of promotion. The addition of the linear carriage is significant for FUNimation as it brings them yet another carrier that exposes their shows to a wider audience.
The FUNimation channel can currently be found on both linear and VOD services such as:
Linear: Verizon FiOS, Fiber Communications, Groton Utilities, SureWest, TVMAX
VOD: Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, Dish Network, Armstrong, Buckeye, Wave Broadband, Click, Service Electric Company, NuLink, ATMC, Insight, Mid-Continent
UPDATE: The press release has come out -
AT&T Taps into the Highly Sought After Anime Demographic By Being the First to Launch FUNimation Channel in HD
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- FUNimation Channel, the nation's only 24/7 Anime TV Network, is now available through its High Definition launch on the AT&T U-verse® TV HD Premium HD Tier.
Since its launch in September 2005, FUNimation Channel has been on the cutting-edge of Anime entertainment. The launch of FUNimation Channel in HD delivers what Anime fans are demanding, the ability to watch top-rated Anime in HD on their TV.
"AT&T U-verse customers will benefit greatly as AT&T is the first mover in launching FUNimation Channel HD," said Tim Kelly, Vice President of Olympusat. "Anime fans across the U.S. can begin to enjoy top series and specials brought to them in compelling HD quality picture and sound."
FUNimation Channel in HD recently bolstered its programming line-up with many new series including, "Samurai 7," "Soul Eater," "Baccano," "Eden of the East," "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings," "Hetalia: Axis Powers," "Casshern Sins," "Corpse Princess – Shikabane Hime," and "Devil May Cry" to meet Anime fans' never-ending hunger for more content.
FUNimation Channel HD is now available to customers on channel 1481 in the U-verse TV HD Premium Tier.