|Launched||November 17, 2004|
|Owned by|| Typewriter Productions|
|Picture format||SDTV (4:3), HDTV (16:9)|
|Slogan||"Sit on your rear and grab a beer, because this is Vision."|
|Broadcast area||North America|
|Affiliates|| RaGE Media Group|
Vision is an American basic cable and satellite television channel founded and controlled by TechKon and co-controlled by Chaossy, who specializes in the RaGE-Typewriter division. The channel is owned by Viacom International Media Networks and programmed by Typewriter Productions, along with the RaGE-Typewriter division of RaGE Media Group mainly controlling the anime and film division. The programming is centered mainly around animated adult television series, anime, and movies. See the official and current schedule for Vision on this spreadsheet.
Vision was launched in November of 2004 by TechKon along with a team of members from Typewriter Productions based in Stamford, Connecticut, which became the main production arm for the channel. It was relatively low budget at the time of launch but still managed to be viewed and loved by thousands upon millions as time went on.
The logo for the channel started off as a basic text with a futuristic-style font type displaying the channel's name with the "O" having a dot in the middle of it, depicting it as an eye. This connects to the channel's name, since an eye operates human vision. You can see the logo in this section of the gallery page.
The programming began with various adult animated series during day and night along with a kids' cartoons block to air every morning. The target audience of the channel was normally ages 13 to 21, but soon shifted to older audiences with the introduction of more adult series to the channel. The morning kids' block was taken off the channel in May of 2005, but would make a return in December of 2007. The block was viewed more as a nostalgia trip to the 90's/early 2000's for young adults that grew up in that time period, rather than just a source of entertainment for a target demographic of young children. (ages 6-12) The creator of the channel confirmed this at a Vision press conference at Comic-Con 2008.
In March of 2006, the Vision website (us.vision.tv) was introduced. It featured many convenient things for a fan of the channel such as a livestream, free episodes and clips to watch, a list of every current and upcoming program, and more. It has gained many more features over the years, such as a radio, a merchandise store, etc.
Also known as Vision UK & Ireland, the channel was launched in the summer of 2007 and was the beginning of international availability of Vision. It features most of the original American programming but also multiple animated British series. Viacom International Media Networks Europe owns the channel along with Typewriter Productions being the main production arm.
Being the second Vision international channel, Vision Australia & New Zealand was launched in January of 2009 and is also known as Vision Oceania. (more soon)
Vision Canada was launched in 2013 and featured mostly Canadian shows and Vision original series. In mid 2014, the channel started to acquire more comedy shows and mystery programming. In 2016, RaGE Media took control of the programming, while the channel is still owned by Typewriter.
Vision Sweden & Norway, also known as Vision Scandinavia, is an upcoming international channel to be launched in October of 2018. It is owned by Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe.
Vision's rating system unique from any other network was implemented in 2012, with permission gained from the FCC and Viacom. It has been used in every program on the channel ever since. See the gallery for these ratings here.
- TV-E: For all ages. Only used for programs that could be shown to all ages, or children under the age of 5. No subratings used.
- TV-E5: For ages 5 and up, only allows the V subrating for very mild and/or fantasy violence.
- TV-E8: For ages 8 and up, only allows the V subrating for mild violence.
- TV-PG: Parental guidance suggested. Allows all subratings in mild to moderate forms.
- TV-13: For ages 13 and up. Allows all subratings in moderate to intense forms.
- TV-15: For ages 15 and up. Allows all subratings in moderate to very intense forms.
- TV-MA: Intended for adults, 17 and up. Allows all subratings in very intense to graphic/extreme forms.
- A: Discriminatory and/or offensive themes
- D: Suggestive dialogue
- L: Profanity
- S: Sexual situations
- U: Drug use
- V: Violence
- Cartoon Throwback: This block airs classic Nick and Cartoon Network shows from the 90's and early 00's. It's not necesarily aimed at kids, but as more of a throwback and nostalgia trip to the golden age of cartoons for young adults who remember them. It lasts from 5 AM to 11 AM EST on normal days, but lasts only from 5 to 7 AM EST on Saturdays to make room for Rising Sun.
- Sitcom Sit-down: This block airs programs appropriate for daytime airing, around a TV-PG to low TV-15 rating. It lasts from 11 AM to 6 PM EST every day.
- Raunchy Classics: A block that airs programs with a high TV-13 to TV-15-DLSV ratings. These programs aired are usually earlier episodes of long-running classics with the aforementioned TV rating, such as South Park, Family Guy, etc. It lasts from 6 to 11 PM EST.
- Late Night: This block will normally only air programs that have ratings of TV-15-DLSV up to TV-MA-ALSUV. This block airs from 10 PM to 3 AM EST everyday except for Saturday (Sundown).
- Uncut Hell: The title says it all. This 2-hour block from 3 to 5 AM EST every night, shows only uncut/uncensored programs, excluding some sexual content. Only TV-MA programs are aired.
- Rising Sun: Rising Sun is a Saturday morning action block from 7 to 11 AM EST that focuses on syndicated action programming, mostly Japanese anime. You can find the lineup here.
- Sundown: Sundown is an Saturday night block from 10 PM to 3 AM EST that focuses on cult classic films, anime films, and anime premieres. You can find the lineup here.
- Family Guy (TV-13 to TV-15-ADLUV) (November 17, 2004-)
- American Dad! (TV-13 to TV-15-ADLUV) (September 1, 2009-)
- Robot Chicken (TV-MA) (June 16, 2008-)
- Archer (TV-MA-LSUV) (September 15, 2011-)
- Wonder Showzen (TV-MA) (August 1, 2006-)
- Bob's Burgers (TV-PG-DL to TV-13-DLU) (July 5, 2012-)
- King of the Hill (TV-PG-DL) (November 17, 2004-)
- The Simpsons (TV-PG-ADLSUV to TV-13) (November 17, 2004-)
- China, IL (TV-15-DL) (since November 29, 2011-)
- South Park (TV-13-L to TV-MA-LSV) (December 6, 2004-)
- Futurama (TV-13 to TV-13-V) (November 17, 2004-)
- The Boondocks (TV-MA-L) (October 2, 2008-)
- Kitchen (TV-15-ADLSUV to TV-MA-ALSUV) (March 15, 2013-)
- Beavis and Butt-Head (October 15, 2007-)
- Dexter's Laboratory (TV-E8 to TV-PG) (December 31, 2004-)
- Rocko's Modern Life (November 17, 2004-)
- Johnny Bravo (November 17, 2004-)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (November 17, 2004-January 6, 2009)
- Ren and Stimpy (May 28, 2005-)
- Courage the Cowardly Dog (November 17, 2004-)
- The Powerpuff Girls (January 31, 2007-)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy (December 31, 2004-)
- Invader ZIM (November 17, 2004-)
In-Season/Airing New Episodes
Off-Season/Cancelled/On Hiatus/Airing Re-runs
- StickWar (TV-PG-LV to TV-MA-UV) - Returns TBA
- Rich Life (TV-15-DL to TV-MA-UV) - Returns TBA
- Xelphos Adventures (TV-13-LV to TV-15-LV) (only the second run is owned by Vision)
- Commanding Officers (TV-MA-L) - Returns Fall, 2017
- The Bob Boogleface Show (TV-15-L to TV-MA-LSUV) - Returns TBA
- Kiss (TV-15 to TV-MA) (Picked up by Axiom Entertainment for Season 2 and going on, Vision only owns Season 1 entirely)
- Gunblazer (TV-15-LV) - Returns TBA
- The Apocalypse (TV-MA-LV) - Returns August 20, 2017
- Swordmaster Kai (English Dub) (TV-15-V) - Premiering July 29, 2017
- Graveyard Slot (TV-15-LSV to TV-MA) - Premiering September 7, 2017
- The Optimist (TV-15 to TV-MA-LV) - Premiering November 19, 2017
- Xelphos III (English Dub) (TBA rating) - Premiering January 8, 2018
- Prohibition (TV-15-LV to TV-MA) - Premiering March, 2018
- Intrepid (TBA rating) - Premiering TBA
Every once and a while, typically on weekends, Vision airs a movie. Depending on it's rating, it can be shown during the day or late at night. On September 3rd, 2011, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was aired, the first movie to air on Vision. Vision aired another movie in November, and continued this tradition. Because the first movie was aired in September, it was decided that the most movies would be shown every September. It became the official "Movie Month". Here are some upcoming or already aired movies.
- 9/2/11 12/11c - South Park: Bigger Longer, and Uncut
- 9/8/14 12/11c - The Purge
- 9/13/14, 10/9c - Chronicle
- 9/14/14, 8/7c - Back to the Future
- 9/15/14 12/11c - Insidious
- 9/20/14, 9/8c - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- 9/21/14 8/7c - Guardians of the Galaxy
- 9/22/14 12/11c - The Blair Witch Project
- 9/27/14 9/8c - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- 9/28/14 2/1c - The Lego Movie
- 9/29/14 12/11c - Poltergeist
- 10/11/14 9/8c - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- 10/18/14 9/8c - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- 10/25/14 9/8c - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- 10/31/14 12/11c - The Exorcist
- 11/1/14 9/8c - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- 2/14/15 7/6c AM - Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
- 2/14/15 8:30/7:30c AM Spirited Away
- 3/17/15 11/10c - The Departed
- 5/9/15 8/7c AM - ONE PIECE FILM: Z
- 5/15/15 10:30/9:30c - Spaceballs
- 5/16/15 11/10c AM - Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- 5/16/15 8:30/7:30c - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- 6/19/15 9/8c - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- 7/4/15 9/8c - Fire Tripper
- 7/10/15 8:30/7:30c - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- 8/14/15 7/6c - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- 9/1/15 9/8c - Godzilla (2014)
- 9/5/15 9/8c AM - Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose
- 9/5/15 10/9c - Akira
- 9/12/15 8:30/7:30c AM - Spirited Away
- 9/19/15 9/8c AM - Dragon Ball Z - Coolers Revenge
- 9/20/15 10/9c - Jurassic Park
- 9/21/15 10/9c - The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- 9/22/15 10/9c - Jurassic Park III
- 9/25/15 6:30/5:30c - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- 9/25/15 10/9c - Jurassic World
- 9/26/15 8:00/7:00c AM - Spring and Chaos
- 10/16/15 7/6c - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- 1/23/16 9/8c - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
- 6/4/16 5/4c - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- 9/2/16 10/9c - Watchmen
- 9/3/16 10/9c - Interstellar
- 9/4/16 10/9c - Alien (1979)
- 9/10/16 9/8c - 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 9/11/16 10/9c - Aliens (1986)
- 9/17/16 10/9c - The Martian
- 9/18/16 10/9c - Alien 3
- 9/23/16 10/9c - Casino Royale (2006)
- 9/24/16 10/9c - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- 9/25/16 10/9c - Prometheus
- 10/1/16 12/11c - District 9
- 10/31/16 12/11c - Event Horizon
- 3/12/17 12/11c - Seven Samurai
- 3/19/17 12/11c - Blade Runner
- 3/20/17 2:30am/1:30c - Puppet Princess
- 3/25/17 12/11c - Con Air
- 3/26/17 2:30am/1:30c - Fire Tripper
- 4/1/17 12/11c - Burst City
- 4/2/17 2:30am/1:30c - Darkness of the Sea
- 4/8/17 10/9c - Ao Oni
- 4/9/17 12/11c - Ninja Scroll
- 4/15/17 10/9c - 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 4/15/17 1/12c AM - Legend of Crystania
- 5/6/17 10/9c - Asylum Session
- 5/7/17 12/11c - Tokyo Gore Police (limited commercial interruption)
- Throwback Day: To celebrate Vision's tenth anniversary on November 17, 2014, Vision had a "throwback" day, bringing back their old look and logo from 2004, and airing the original classic shows from when it first started.
- Independence Day: Every year on the fourth of July, Many Independence Day-themed episodes of many shows on Vision are aired.
- Thanksgiving Day: Every year on Thanksgiving Day, Vision celebrates with a marathon of a voted show that airs from 8 PM to midnight. In 2013, the chosen show was StickWar. In 2012, it was King of the Hill. On the Vision website, there is a poll to vote for which show for the Thanksgiving marathon will be chosen. The poll has 5 choices. You are allowed to change your vote. Also, from 5 PM to 8 PM, non-stop Thanksgiving-themed episodes are shown. The shows chosen for the marathons in recent years are listed below:
- 2011: South Park
- 2012: King of the Hill
- 2013: StickWar
- 2014: CircleCity
- 2015: American Dad!
- 2016: Commanding Officers
- Merry Vismas: Every year, Christmas is celebrated on Vision with many Chistmas-themed episodes from December 20th at 8 AM EST to December 25th at 10 PM EST, along with a movie formatted for television afterwards. This event became official on Christmas of 2006.
- Live-tweets: Every month or two, Vision sets up a live tweet, where people can tweet about the show they are watching, and their tweets will appear on-screen as the episode airs. Here are the previous and upcoming live tweets.
- CircleCity - Michael Bay's Power Rangers - July 19, 2014
- Family Guy - Grimm Job - August 30, 2014
- StickWar - Five Nights at GTFO - November 2, 2014
- Rich Life - Broken - November 9, 2014
- South Park - Grounded Vindaloop - January 8, 2015
- South Park - Cock Magic - January 15, 2015
- CircleCity - Danggit - May 26, 2015
- CircleCity - DragonCircle XYZ II - July 31, 2015
- American Dad! - Bullocks to Stan - September 8, 2015
- Movie Month: September is Vision's movie month, a month where the most movies are aired. At least 1 or 2 movies are shown every weekend, while the rest of the year, only 1 movie is shown every 2 or 3 months.
- Halloweek: Each year from October 24th to 31st, Vision premieres a Halloween-themed episode marathon of various shows each day, along with a horror movie feature presentation on Halloween day.
- Spring Break: On the 2nd and 3rd weeks of March every year, Vision celebrates spring break by showing marathons of random shows, exclusive online episodes and clips, new merchandise, a chance to win tickets for a tropical vacation, teasers for new seasons, and more.
- Asian Horror Movie Month: Every Saturday night on Sundown during October, and after anime dub premieres, Vision is the home of four hours of horror, in live action format and animated format form Asia.
Vision's commercial breaks work how Cartoon Network's does. After 10-15 minutes into a show, there is a 5 minute commercial break. The show ends 5 minutes before the next show.
Vision censors nudity and strong language, unless it is an uncut program which can only air at 12/11c or later. Vision rarely airs any programs with real nudity, unless it is a midnight feature presentation. (rated R movies and such)
Bumper & Ad Music
Vision mainly uses Flying Lotus, Burial, Deadmau5's experimental or short songs, and Avicii's (without vocals, most of the time) music for their ads and bumpers.
A new feature on the website, which streams random music 24/7. It was released from the beta stage in September of 2015.