Toonami India To Close On 15th May

Toonami India To Close On 15th May

Toonami India To Close On 15th May

Turner India has announced that Cartoon Network India’s sister channel – Toonami will cease broadcasting on Tuesday 15th May. At launch, the channel mostly focused on action animation with shows such as Batman, Superman, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Justice League, Inazuma Eleven Go and Dragon Ball Z, but in 2017, the channel was re-purposed as an classic animation channel, mostly airing shows from Cartoon Network’s and Hanna-Barbera’s library, however, the channel still airs the action-anime series Dragon Ball Super.

Turner India just soft-launched launched a new version of Cartoon Network called Cartoon Network HD+ last Sunday (15th April) which is being rolled out on other operators, it’s likely that the new channel will be Toonami India’s eventual replacement. The other Toonami channel in the Asia-Pacific region – Toonami Asia just recently closed at the end of March.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/03/toonami-asia-close-end-march/

https://dthforum.com/threads/toonami-india-will-get-shutdown-on-15-may-2018.48319/

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Turner International India and Amazon Prime Video in India have signed a content distribution deal to add a selection of classic Cartoon Network shows onto the subscription video-on-demand service. Cartoon Network shows that will be added to the service include, Ben 10 (Original series), Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10 Omniverse, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls (Original series), Dexter’s Laboratory, and two shows specifically produced for Indian audiences – Kumbh Karan and Roll No. 21. The shows will be added to the Kids and Family TV section of Amazon Prime Video’s service.

In a joint statement by Amazon India and Cartoon Network India, both said:

“Kids today are consuming and engaging with their favourite content across diverse screens such as computers and mobile screens. This is increasing with the emergence of new OTT platforms and the rise in use of apps for games as an entertainment and learning activity.”

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/entertainment/news/amazon-prime-video-partners-turner-india-to-stream-cartoon-network-shows-1743459

http://tbivision.com/news/2017/08/turner-india-amazon-reach-kids-licensing-deal/787822/

http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/video-on-demand/cartoon-networks-with-amazon-prime-video-170829

In addition to the classic cartoon distribution deal with Amazon Prime Video and the recent revamp of Toonami India as a classic animation channel, Cartoon Network Enterprises in India has released a retro collection which includes a series of branded merchandise such as T-shirts, shoes, mugs, bags, badges, posters, flip-flops, mobile covers and much more. The new merchandise range features character designs from The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory.

In regards to new merchandise range, Anand Singh, the Senior Director of Cartoon Network Enterprises India made this statement:

“We are delighted to bring to our fans the nostalgic era of cartoons, with some cool and exclusive Cartoon Network Retro merchandise. These cartoon characters make for great family co-viewing experience and have transcended several generations. Their timelessness is what translates into great demand for them even now. We are sure that not only will the 90’s kids love this collection, but also that the new generation would be excited to own contemporary merchandise that reflects sophisticated storytelling in animation. We’re thrilled to bring the Cartoon Network Retro collection for the Indian fans.”

http://www.exchange4media.com/industrybriefing/cartoon-network-enterprises-launches-cartoon-network-retro-collection_70302.html

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

From today (01/07/2017), Toonami India has a completely new reformulated schedule, Turner International India Pvt Ltd has completely re-purposed the channel from an action-animation channel to a classic animation channel much like the original United States Boomerang channel format or Tooncast in Latin America. The channel’s schedule drastically changed at 6am IST this morning, starting the day with an episode of The Jetsons. Some of the channel’s former programming is currently airing on Cartoon Network India.

Rather than airing anime such as Dragon Ball Super or action-animation from DC Comics, the channel is now airing classics from the Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios libraries including Scooby-Doo!, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and many more. According to the schedule, Toonami India is still airing a couple of Dragon Ball Z movies – Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly and Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound at least for this weekend, but from Monday, they will no longer be in the schedule. Re-purposing channels has happened before in different countries, for instance, Toonami became TNT (Turner Network Television) in Thailand, the channel switched to a schedule focusing on general entertainment but has allocated schedule space for cartoons and anime on the channel. Despite the changes, TNT Thailand still has a programming block called Toonami Movies.

This is also a similar story to how the Latin American version of Boomerang started off as a classic animation channel, then became a live-action channel for teenagers and then transformed back into an animation channel.

UPDATE: After looking at later schedules which I didn’t have access to as of writing, some action programming will remain in the schedule, although it’s no longer the main focus of the channel.

Previously mentioned on the blog, Cartoon Network India is still planning to launch a High Definition feed:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/04/cartoon-network-india-hd-broadcast-licence-has-been-granted/

http://www.tatasky.com/wps/portal/TataSky/channels/tvguide

https://dthforum.com/threads/turner-plans-to-rebrand-toonami-tomorrow-also-many-surprise-soon.42398/

https://dreamdth.com/threads/toonami-revamped-with-new-program-contents.98534/page-2