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Toku (TV network)

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TOKU channel logo.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNorthern America
HeadquartersWest Palm Beach, Florida
Spanish (via SAP audio track)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Launched31 December 2015; 5 years ago (31 December 2015)
ReplacedFunimation Channel
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
AT&T U-verseChannel 1484 (HD)
Claro (Puerto Rico)Channel 1120 (HD)
Frontier FiOSChannel 262 (HD)
Streaming media

Toku (stylized in all capital letters) is an American pay television network and streaming service owned by Olympusat and dedicated to broadcasting anime and East Asian programming.[1]

Launched on December 31, 2015, replacing Funimation Channel, after Funimation ended their partnership with Olympusat. Tristan Leostar is the content aggregator for the network.


As Funimation Channel

Logo as Funimation Channel
Logo as Funimation Channel

Funimation Channel started out as a syndicated block on Colours TV, one of OlympuSAT's affiliate networks.[2] Programs during this era were Dragon Ball, Negima!, Kodocha, The Slayers, Blue Gender, Kiddy Grade, Fruits Basket, Case Closed and Yu Yu Hakusho. The block was later discontinued in favor of a more successful expansion on subscription television.

On 1 May 2008, Funimation Channel became a 24-hour English-dubbed anime subscription network; the second of its kind in North America (following A.D. Vision's Anime Network).[3] Olympusat was chosen as the exclusive distributor of Funimation Channel.[4] The service originally was available to a few cities via digital terrestrial television and was temporary-only as the channel was trying to gain a foothold in the already-crowded pay television landscape.

In May 2009, Funimation Channel continued its expansion on subscription providers launching on Comcast's VOD platform [5] and offering two services - Free on demand and PPV on demand. The PPV VOD offers viewers a chance to watch titles prior to their DVD release.[6] Movies and packaged specials were available at US$3.00 each while episodes are available at US$1.00 each.

The channel had plans to launch an edition in Spanish, although without success.[7]

As of 27 September 2010, Funimation launched an HD feed alongside existing VOD services.[8] On 16 February 2012, Verizon announced that it will drop Funimation Channel from its Verizon FiOS service "on, or after 15 March" due to "very low viewership".[9] In response to reaction from its customers, Verizon returned Funimation Channel via VOD.[10] Channel 262 remains on the FiOS system operated by Frontier Communications in some ex-Verizon territories.[11] Cablevision's Optimum TV recently launched[12] FUNimation Channel On Demand in the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area. Adding this MSO increased FUNimation Channel's footprint to over 40 million households nationwide.

Funimation Channel's programming came from Funimation, Aniplex of America, Viz Media, Sentai Filmworks, Right Stuf Inc., NIS America, Discotek Media, and the now-defunct Central Park Media and Enoki Films USA.

As Toku

On 8 December 2015, it was reported that the channel would change its name to Toku on 31 December 2015 and would start broadcasting live-action, grindhouse and independent East Asian movies.[13][14] It was subsequently announced, on 15 December 2015, that Funimation would end its partnership with Olympusat, and announced plans to relaunch Funimation Channel in 2016.[15]

On 14 March 2016, Olympusat announced a localised version of Toku in Latin America, named Toku Español.[16] However, as of March 2020, the channel is yet to be launched in the region.

On 25 July 2016, it was announced that Toku was going to be launched in the FlixFling streaming service by early 2017, but to date, that never happened.[17] On 8 June 2017, it was announced that Toku is available on Amazon Channels as a streaming service for members of Amazon Prime, offering channel content on demand for US$4.00 per month, after a 7-day free trial.[18][19]

On 23 August 2017, Consolidated Communications added Toku on its channel line-up.[20]

On 22 May 2018, Toku launches a beta version of its new streaming service for the United States and Canada, which includes channel content and future releases, as well as embedded forums. The service, powered by Vimeo, costs either US$4.00 per month or US$40.00 per year. This is Toku's official debut outside the United States, being available for the first time in Canada.[21]

Toku's programming comes from Media Blasters, Tsuburaya Productions, MonoFilm Sales and other anime and movie licensors.


The linear channel is available on AT&T U-verse,[22][23] Claro Puerto Rico, Hotwire Communications, Consolidated Communications, Sjobergs Inc., IFiber Communications and OptiLink; its HD feed has been available since the network's launch in 2015.[24] The linear channel was previously available on Verizon FiOS.

The VOD service is available on Optimum,[25] Xfinity, Vubiquity, Frontier FiOS and Armstrong.[26] The VOD service was previously available on Charter Communications and Massilion.[27]

The channel is available in streaming through its streaming service, as well as its Amazon Prime channel. It was formerly available on Go90.


Anime series




Live-action series


Anime films

Live-action films



  1. ^ "TV Listings & Channel Guide | AT&T U-verse". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Navarres Funimation Entertainment doubles anime programming for syndicated anime block". RedOrbit. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Funimation Entertainment announces the launch of the Funimation Channel in Seattle". Mania. December 20, 2006. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Navarre's Funimation Entertainment and Verizon sign distribution agreement". Navarre. 29 September 2005. Archived from the original on 17 November 2006. Retrieved 17 June 2006.
  5. ^ "Funimation anime on demand now on Comcast Nationwide". Anime News Network. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  6. ^ "PR Newswire". Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  7. ^ "FUNimation Channel PROMO en ESPAÑOL (in spanish) - Dailymotion video". Dailymotion. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Funimation Channel goes high-definition". Anime News Network. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Verizon drops Funimation Channel from FiOS service". 16 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Olympusat's Funimation Channel now available on Verizon FiOS TV video on demand". Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  11. ^ Frontier FiOS TV channel lineup
  12. ^ "Olympusat's FUNimation Channel Launches SVOD Package On Optimum TV". 21 December 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Funimation Channel changing its name". The Fandom Post. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Guides & types of programming". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Funimation Channel to relaunch in 2016". Anime News Network. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Toku en español: Nuevo canal llega a Latinoamérica". ANMTV. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Flixfling partners with Olympusat to launch its first ever lineup of premium Spanish-language channels". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Toku is now available for Amazon Prime members". Olympusat Inc. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Toku opens streaming channel on Amazon Prime". Anime News Network. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Okympusat's Toku launches on Consolidated Communications". Olympusat Inc. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  21. ^ "TOKU airs Ultraman Mebius spin-offs, launches streaming website beta". Anime News Network. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Operators". Funimation Channel. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  23. ^ "Choice Cable TV" (PDF). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  24. ^ "Funimation Channel launches on AT&T U-verse in high-definition". Anime News Network. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  25. ^ "Under Maintenance". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Armstrong Cable - Funimation Channel". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (2 November 2020). "Toku HD Adds Kamen Rider Agito Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2 November 2020.

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