|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.
In August of 2007, the first international channel for Vision was launched to provide programming for the U.K. and Ireland, called Vision British Isles.
In January of 2008, Vision's budget had increased since launch as the channel had become more successful over the years. As a result of this, the developers of Vision figured it was time for a rebrand, which is exactly what they did. The logo was changed, and the bumpers, ads, and even the website had a more sleek, modern, and colorful feel to them.
Following the budget increase, Vision had switched to a fullscreen, 720p broadcast in August of 2008. In April of 2009, Vision had finally switched to a 1080p format. (more soon)
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 Scandinavia, is an upcoming international channel to be launched in December of 2017. It will broadcast in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and 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.
- Cult Theatre (formally Wednesday Night Theatre from 2006-2007, Wednesday Night Cult from 2007-2010, and Thursday Morning Cult Theatre from 2010-2011) is an cult film orientated block that aired on Wednesday nights, and later Thursday early mornings. The block was produced by Mystical Entertainment, and later on were produced in house by Typewriter Productions. The presentation usually started around 10:30p-12a, depending on if the film is a premiere or not. It was filmed in various soundstages across CBS Studio City during it's lifetime. The block aired from 2006-2013, with the last year produced in house.
- RaGE Action (formally Anime Action from 2005-2006, Anime Nights from 2006-2008, and RaGE Anime Nights from 2008-2009) is an action orientated block that aired on Friday, and later Saturday nights that aired from 2005-2012. The block was produced by Mystical Entertainment from the start of the block until 2008, when RaGE Media took over controlling the block. The block was canceled on December 29th (technically December 30th) due to low ratings, and due to the rise of the recently revived block, Toonami, but RaGE Media would stay working with Vision afterwards, and would produce Rising Sun and Sundown for the channel in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The block aired from 6p-9p every Friday night from April 2005 to mid July, when it was changed to be a late night block from 11p-3a. from June 2005 to October 2006. Starting in November of 2006, the block was switched to Saturday late nights from 10p-2a. The block expanded in January of 2008, when it was getting better ratings to 9p-3a. By the end of 2011, the block lost some timeslos due to lower ratings, and the final timeslot for the block was from 12a-1:30a. During a late 2011 episode of Virtual Breakfast, it was announced that RaGE Action would shut down by the end of December 2012.
- Anime Action Mornings is an anime orientated block that aired on Saturday early mornings starting from December of 2006 to July of 2009 before being silently canceled and replaced with normal programming. The block normally airs reruns of shows that aired on network TV, and had new episodes of Dueler starting in late June of 2009, when Dueler wasn't as popular as it been in 2006. Most of the time the block is used to burn off long lasting programming on Anime Action. The block's timeslot was 4am-6am for the first few months, then it was 4am to 8am starting in March 2007 until February 2009, then starting in March of 2009, ANM lost an hour so it was only from 4am-7am.
- 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) (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
- City of Bright Lights (English Dub) (TV-15-LUV to TV-MA)
- Graveyard Slot (TV-15-LSV to TV-MA)
- The Apocalypse (TV-MA-LV)
- Swordmaster Kai (English Dub) (TV-15-V)
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 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
Web series (on vision.tv)
- Virtual Breakfast (September 24, 2011-)
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 - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Movie - January 23, 2016
- Movie - Wolf Children - September 3, 2016
- City of Bright Lights - Passion - May 27, 2017
- Swordmaster Kai - Episode 1 - July 29, 2017
- City of Bright Lights - Episode 23&24 - November 4, 2017
- 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.