Animax currently sits on channel 126 on DSTV, as it has for the past three years. The somewhat sad news is that the channel will be put off the air on the 31st of October 2010 – which is Sunday (tomorrow)… and Halloween. 23:25 is the time when it will cease to exist, so make sure to tune in and bid your last farewells.
“The reason why Animax is going off air is because the Japanese anime genre that was featured on the channel did not attract the broad viewing audience that MultiChoice had targeted.” - Marietjie Groenewald, MultiChoice spokesperson
My brother always complained that most of the programming on Animax wasn’t anime anyway.
There will be a replacement channel coming to take its place next year in February. And some of the programs that were featured on Animax will likely be moved onto this new channel. I’m betting that Kenny vs. Spenny will survive, for one. I hope Ninja Warrior and several of the other Japanese game shows do as well. The write up over at DSTV.com seems to say they will.
Some say that the new channel will be named Sony MAX.