Cartoon Network and VIZ Media have joined forces to provide free animated fare via a new broadband service called Toonami Jetstream. At www.toonamijetstream.com, visitors will find streamable anime shows. According to Mark Norman, senior VP of business operations for CN, there isn’t enough room on the net’s Saturday night Toonami block to showcase all of the quality Japanese animation fare that’s available.
Jetstream bows on July 17 with five series: VIZ’s Hikaru No Go, MÄR, and The Prince of Tennis, which are not currently available on U.S. airwaves, as well as Toonami regulars Naruto (also VIZ) and Samurai Jack. New episodes will go into rotation weekly and remain on the site for several weeks. More anime-style programs will be added in the coming months, and the free-to-consumer service is wholly funded via on-line advertising revenues.