AT-X (TV network)
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AT-X (アニメシアターX, Anime Shiatā Ekkusu, lit. "Anime Theatre X") is a Japanese anime television network owned by AT-X, Inc. (株式会社エー・ティー・エックス, Kabushiki kaisha Ē-Tī-Ekkusu). AT-X, Inc. was founded on June 26, 2000 as a subsidiary of TV Tokyo Medianet, which is turn, is a subsidiary of sister channel, TV Tokyo. Its headquarters are in Minato, Tokyo. AT-X network has been broadcasting anime via satellite, cable, and IPTV since December 24, 1997.
|Key people||Keisuke Iwata, President of the Company|
|Sister channels||TV Tokyo|
|Launched||24 December 1997|
Their slogan is Wan ranku ue no anime senmon chan'neru (ワンランク上のアニメ専門チャンネル, lit. "Anime Specialty Channels Up a Notch").
AT-X is always the main channel for many Comic Gum Anime adaptions. Ikkitousen, Amaenaideyo!! and Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan! were shown on this channel first, before they were re-aired on Tokyo MX.
As a premium channel AT-X is also known for showing uncensored versions of several anime like Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!, Amaenaideyo!!, Girls Bravo, Elfen Lied, Mahoromatic and High School DxD which would normally get censored on TV-stations like TV Tokyo because of the large amount of nudity and other factors.
- December 24, 1997 - AT-X begins broadcasting on DirecTV Channel 270.
- November 30, 1998 - Bandai Chara Net TV (owned by Bandai, which AT-X aired through) closes due to SkyPort, its satellite provider (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi owned Space Communications Corporation, also jointly held by Sony Corporation), shutting down. AT-X moves to the "SuperBird C" satellite.
- 1999 - Starts airing "Diamond Time", their first self-produced show.
- June 26, 2000 - AT-X Inc. is founded.
- September 30, 2000 - DirecTV ceases Japanese operations, focusing on its core American market instead (its former parent, Hughes Electronics (a General Motors subsidiary), launched their own subscription satellite service of the same name in the United States in 1994).
- October 1, 2000 - AT-X is picked up by Sky PerfecTV! on Channel 729.
- May, 2001 - Figure 17, the first AT-X funded anime, begins airing.
- July 1, 2002 - Sky! PerfecTV 2 begins broadcasting AT-X on Channel 333.
- January 26, 2004 - Launch of "AT-X Shop", their online store.
- July 12, 2005 - Mobile edition of the shop launches.
- April 1, 2009 - Subscription price raises to 1890 yen. 24-hour broadcast schedule starts.
- June, 2009 - TV Tokyo's Keisuke Iwata is appointed president of the company.
- October 1, 2009 - SKY PerfectTV! HD begins broadcasting AT-X HD on Channel 667.
- November 1, 2009 - Hikari TV begins broadcasting AT-X HD on Channel 380.
- January 27, 2010 - Sky PerfecTV! e2 switches from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio while retaining Standard Definition.
- October 1, 2011 - J:COM begins broadcasting AT-X HD on Channel 605.
- October 1, 2012 - The AT-X broadcast configuration is dramatically reorganized.
- December, 2012 - AT-X joins the Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS), in an effort to keep their videos off the Internet.
- February 28, 2013 - Ceased all SD broadcasts, for a full transition to HD broadcasting.
- April 18, 2013 - AT-X airs its first foreign cartoon/non-anime series in Japanese language; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- November 29, 2013 - Closure of the "AT-X Shop" online store.
- December 24, 2017 - AT-X celebrates 20th anniversary with the new anime programming lineup for 2018.
- ACCS入会のお知らせ｜AT-X ワンランク上のアニメ専門チャンネル 2012年12月3日閲覧。
- 【重要なお知らせ】 スカパー！プレミアムサービスにおける「アニメシアターX（AT-X）」（ch.SD729）の放送終了及びハイビジョンチャンネルへの変更手続きについて Archived March 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine 2012年8月15日閲覧。
- "インターネット通販サイト「AT-X Shop」の終了についてのお知らせ". AT-X ワンランク上のアニメ専門チャンネル. エー・ティー・エックス. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
- April 17, 2015 - Closure of the "AT-X Shop"