Animax (アニマックス Animakkusu?) is a Japanese anime satellite television network, dedicated to broadcasting anime programming.A subsidiary of Japanese media conglomerate Sony, it is headquartered in New Pier Takeshiba North Tower (ニューピア竹芝ノースタワー Nyū Pia Takeshiba Nōsu Tawā?) in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, with its co-founders and shareholders including Sony Pictures Entertainment and the noted anime studios Sunrise, Toei Animation,TMS Entertainment, and production company NAS.
Operating across Japan, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Latin America (replacing Locomotion) and most recently in Europe (launching across Germany, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic in 2007 (replacing Anime+ in Romania, Hungary, and Czech Republic), Slovakia (replacing Anime+), Spain and Portugal (both initially on sister channel AXN) in 2008, and soon to be launched in the United Kingdom, Poland (has been halted), Italy, France and several other countries), Africa and Australia (currently a two-hour block on Sci Fi Channel, which is co-owned by Animax’s parent Sony Pictures Entertainment), Animax is the first and largest 24-hour network dedicated to anime in the world,with a viewer reach of over 89 million households, 62 countries and more than 17 languages.
Its title is a portmanteau of the words anime (アニメ?) and max (マックス makkusu?).It also has English language networks in Southeast Asia, South Asia, South Africa, and most recently, a two-hour network in Australia (via Sci Fi Channel, which is co-owned by Animax’s parent Sony Pictures Entertainment), and is expected to plan launching other English language networks, most notably in the United Kingdom, Australia, and North America.