On December 31, 2015, FUNimation will be ending its partnership with Olympusat and their anime channel will temporarily cease operations. The partnership began back in 2005 and it saw the launch of FUNimation’s 24 hour anime network that has aired anime series, OVAs, and movies by the FUNimation, Viz Media, and Nozomi Entertainment licenses.
The cable provider Frontier sent a message to their customer base last month to alert them of the upcoming change. Their statement is as follows:
Thursday, December 31, 2015
For customers in Washington, Oregon, Indiana and Connecticut, Funimation is changing its name to TOKU. TOKU will continue to deliver Asian anime shows, but will add more variety including highly-rated Asian movies in the Live Action, Grindhouse and Independent genres. Customers in FiOS locations in OR, IN and WA can find TOKU on Channel 252. FrontierTV customers in CT will find TOKU on Channel 1484.
FUNimation will relaunch the channel sometime in 2016, citing that they will be focusing on a “renewed focus on delivering fans the very best selection of anime content in the market.” FUNimation also went on to say that they will reveal more details about the relaunched channel at a later date.