Jetix

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Jetix
Jetix.png
Launched February 8, 2004
Closed 2009 (Most Countries)
2010 (Netherlands and Russia)
Owned by Jetix Europe
Jetix Latin America
ABC Cable Networks Group
Broadcast area Worldwide
Replaced Fox Kids
Replaced by Disney XD
Disney Channel
Sister channel(s) Jetix Play
GXT
K2

Jetix, formerly Fox Kids in Europe and Latin America, was a worldwide children's television programming brand owned by Jetix Europe, Jetix Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group (The Walt Disney Company). The Jetix brand was used for children's blocks and channels featuring action-related and adventure-related live-action and animated programming, most of which aired on Fox Kids.[citation needed] Disney retired the Jetix brand in 2010[citation needed] and replaced it with Disney XD (or Disney Channel in certain European countries) an accordance to the company's focus on its Disney, ABC, and ESPN brands. The last remaining Jetix in the world in Russia, was replaced by Disney Channel in March 2010.[1]

Jetix Europe[edit]

Jetix Europe N.V. (JE), formerly Fox Kids Europe (FKE), was a television broadcasting company operating kids oriented channels and programming blocks across the European and Middle East markets.[original research?]

Fox Kids Europe[edit]

The first Fox Kids channel in the UK was launched in October 1996 and the Fox Kids Europe (FKE) was incorporated in November 1999 with 75.7% being held by Fox Family Worldwide (FFW) with the balance of ownership listed on Euronext. FFW was acquired in October 2001 by The Walt Disney Company and renamed ABC Family Worldwide Inc.[2] K2 started out as a syndicated block for several local stations in Italy.[3]

In December 2002, FKE signed with BMG Europe for two Fox Kids Hits music compilation albums per year for 10 European markets.[4]

In July 2003, Fox Kids Europe relaunched Fox Kids Play interactive channel on Telewest.[5]

Jetix alliance[edit]

In January 2004, Fox Kids Europe, Fox Kids Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group agreed to the Jetix programming alliance that would rebrand Fox Kids as Jetix, all blocks, channels and companies.[6] On February 14, Toon Disney and ABC Family launched their Jetix blocks with a Jetix Cards Live, the world's first concurrently online & TV trading card game[7] with Toon having 12 hours of weekly primetime programming to start and Family with 2 hours weekday and 4 hour on weekends all in the morning.[8] Fox Kids UK channel added a Jetix blocks in April.[9] While Fox Kids blocks started to change over in April and the first channel in France was changed over in August 2004.[10] In the fall 2004 with the addition of three new shows, Toon Disney US's block was expanded to 16 hours.[8]

SIP Animation co-produced a few animated series with Jetix Europe during the 2000s.[11][12]

Jetix Europe launched GXT as a male teen channel in May 2005 on Mondo Sky in Italy.[13]

After Jetix Europe pick the show up for its France and Spain channels, Jetix Latin America pick up "Iron Kid" in January 2007 from BRB Internacional.[14]

In 2008, JE licensed out Jetix France to The Walt Disney Company France and Disney-ABC-ESPN Television became its channel distribution partner.[2] In February 2008, Jetix Europe was in talks to join affiliated companies, Disney Channel Europe, ESPN Europe and Disney-ABC International Television (DAIT), in their combined distribution sales unit.[15] In June, Jetix Europe agreed to have DAIT take over distribution sales for all channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[16]

On December 8, 2008, Disney made an agreement to increase ownership in Jetix Europe to 96% and intends to purchase the remainer and have Jetix Europe delisted from the Euronext Amsterdam exchange.[17] In 2009, K2 became a TV channel.[3] With full Disney control over Jetix Europe, Disney indicated in February 2009 that Jetix blocks and channels would be switched over to Disney branding starting with the Jetix France channel with Disney XD on April 1, 2009.[18] Jetix Italy management, agreed to purchase the Jetix Italy company, renamed as Switchover Media, GXT and K2 from Jetix Europe in July 2009 while managing the Jetix Italy channel unit it re-brands as Disney XD in the fall.[19][20] Except for Toon Disney Arab, Toon Disney and Jetix were replaced by September 2009 with Disney XD or the Disney Channel.[21]

List of versions[edit]

Market type formerly launch date[22] Replacement Replace Date
 Canada block on
Family
Power Box September 10, 2006 discontinued[citation needed] August 1, 2009
 United States block on ABC Family mornings Action Block[citation needed] February 14, 2004[7] discontinued fall 2006[23]
 United States block on Toon Disney prime time none February 14, 2004[7] merged with Toon Disney to become Disney XD February 13, 2009[24]
 Italy channel Fox Kids (April 2000[22]) 2005[when?] Disney XD fall 2009[19]
Latin America channel Fox Kids July 31, 2004[citation needed] Disney XD July 3, 2009[25]
Argentina channel Disney XD July 3, 2009[25]
Mexico channel Disney XD July 3, 2009[25]
 Japan block on
Toon Disney Japan
December 2005[26] Disney XD Japan August 2009[27]
 India block on
Toon Disney weekdays, Tamil, Telugu and English
December 2004[28] Disney XD Fall 2009
Central and Eastern Europe channel 2004[when?] Disney Channel Bulgaria, Disney Channel Romania September 19, 2009[citation needed]
 United Kingdom channel Fox Kids January 2005 Disney XD 31 August 2009[29]
 United Kingdom block on Fox Kids April 2004[29] Jetix UK channel January 2005[9]
 Netherlands channel Fox Kids 2004[when?] Disney XD January 1, 2010[citation needed]
 France channel Fox Kids (11/1997) 8/2004[10] Disney XD April 1, 2009[18]
 Poland channel Fox Kids (April 18, 1998[30] ) 2004 Disney XD September 19, 2009[citation needed]
 Poland block Fox Kids (May 1998[31])
Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia channel Fox Kids (September 2000) 2003 Disney Channel Hungary, Disney Channel Czech September 2009
 Hungary block on TV2 (2003[32])
block on Magyar TV (2000[33])
 Australia block on Disney Channel none September 2004[citation needed] discontinued March 2009[citation needed]
Scandinavia block Fox Kids (May 1998[31] ) September 12, 2009[citation needed]
Scandinavia channel Fox Kids (February 12, 1998[30]) 2004 Disney XD September 12, 2009[citation needed]
 Spain block Fox Kids (May 1998[31])
 Spain channel Fox Kids (December 1998) 2004 Disney XD September 2009[34]
 South Korea block on CHAMP none 2005[when?] 2009[when?]
 Germany channel (October 2000[35] /June 10, 2005[36]) Disney XD October 2009[37]
Turkey and Middle East channel Fox Kids (November 2000[35]) Disney XD October 3, 2009[citation needed]
 Turkey block on Show TV (2000[33])
 Bulgaria block on Balkan News Corp. (2000[33])
channel 2003 Disney Channel September 2009[38]
 Israel channel Fox Kids (February 2001[35]) 2002 Disney Channel September 9, 2009[citation needed]
 Greece channel Fox Kids 2002[when?] Disney XD (Greece) October 3, 2009[citation needed]
 Russia block on REN TV (2005-2008)
channel
Fox Kids (2001[32]) 2002 Disney Channel (Russia) March 2010.[1]
Vietnam block on VTV November 2005[39]
Czech Channel 2003 Disney Channel September 2009[40]

Other versions[edit]

Market name type formerly launch date[22] Replacement Replace Date
Central and Eastern Europe Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play October 2003[22]
 India Jetix Action Station block on
Star One
7 to 8 pm Saturday & Sunday Hindi
June 2005[28]
Italy GXT Channel May 2005[citation needed] sold
Italy K2 Syndicated block / Channel Fox Kids 2002[32]/2009 sold
Poland Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play November 2003 Playhouse Disney July 2010[41]
Czech Republic and Slovakia Jetix Play channel Playhouse Disney [41]
Turkey and Middle East Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play 2004[when?]
United Kingdom Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play
United Kingdom Jetix +1 timeshift service Fox Kids + Same as Jetix UK Disney XD +1 Same as Jetix UK

Jetix Play[edit]

Jetix Play
Jetix Play
Launched 2004
Closed 1 August 2010 (Most Countries)
12 March 2011 (Romania)
Owned by Jetix Europe
Replaced by Playhouse Disney
Sister channel(s) Jetix, K2, GXT
Website www.jetixplay.tv
(closed)

Jetix Play (Formerly Fox Kids Play) was a sister channel to Jetix showing classic animated cartoons and animated television series.

In July 2003, Fox Kids Europe relauched Fox Kids Play interactive channel on Telewest.[5]

Jetix Play was closed on August 1, 2010 in most countries,[41] on September 1, 2010 in Turkey, and in Romania it closed on March 12, 2011.[citation needed] In the most countries it was replaced with Playhouse Disney.[41]

Logos[edit]

Jetix Animation Concepts[edit]

Jetix Animation Concepts, also Jetix Concepts Animation, was a brand used for animation co-produced by and for the Jetix global group by the American partner, ABC Cable Networks Group.[10]

Shows

Programming[edit]

Jetix owned the Saban Entertainment library which included shows from Marvel Productions.[42]

Magazine[edit]

In the UK, Future plc published the official Jetix Magazine. Published every four weeks the magazine featured puzzles and featured based on the channel's shows. The magazine also came with a free DVD featuring shows from the channel.[43]

In other countries, including Bulgaria and Romania, similar Jetix magazines were also produced.

Jetix Magazine was launched in early September 2004 by Jetix Consumer Products and Future Publishing.[43] Cavan Scott was the magazine's initial editor.[44]

With the purchase of the remaining Jetix Europe shares by The Walt Disney Company and the change over of the channels to a Disney branded channel, Future renamed the magazine to "Nitro!" to become an independent magazine with the same general focus as the Jetix magazine.[45]

Monster truck[edit]

In 2007, the Monster Jam monster truck series had a truck with the Jetix name and some characters on it. The truck was driven by Dan Evans, who normally drives The Destroyer, and toured in the Monster Jam European tour until December. The truck has not been seen since then and was rebranded as Disney XD.[citation needed]

Jetix Kids Cup[edit]

The Jetix Kids Cup was a football (soccer) tournament which kids from all over the world competed to show their skills.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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