Jewish Life Television
|Broadcast area||North America|
New York City
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Available on most cable systems||Varies by cable provider|
|DirecTV (USA)||Channel 366|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 751|
|Digital media receiver||Roku|
Jewish Life Television (JLTV) is an American entertainment television network broadcasting Jewish–themed programming. The network was founded in 2007 by Phil Blazer, a longtime journalist and producer of programming for the Jewish community; Blazer remained with the network until his death in August 2020. In the United States, JLTV is available in almost 50 million households through Comcast, Spectrum, and DirecTV as well as various regional cable systems, in addition to offering a live feed of its programming on the Internet.
JLTV's programming includes news, sports, lifestyle and entertainment programming such as films, documentaries, music, reviews, interviews, reality shows such as InOverOurHeads and special events, such as programming from the Maccabiah Games. In 2019 the network launched the original series, "Bubbies Know Best", featuring three Jewish grandmothers serving as matchmakers for a spectrum of people searching for love. The network also carries a collection of classic general-interest television series with Jewish hosts or lead actors, including episodes of The Jack Benny Program, That Show with Joan Rivers, Candid Camera with Allen Funt, You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx, The Soupy Sales Show, Bonanza (Lorne Greene and Michael Landon), and the mid-20th century dramedy The Goldbergs, along with general-interest public domain Westerns and sitcoms (The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Stories of the Century and Annie Oakley).
JLTV's broadcast facilities are in Los Angeles.
In 2011, JLTV was officially added to the CRTC's approved list of foreign services, allowing the channel to expand into Canada. Ethnic Channels Group, who sponsored the application to get JLTV on the approved list, is the official Canadian distributor of the channel. In July 2014, JLTV officially launched in Canada on Bell Fibe TV.
- Gideon Spanier, "Gideon Spanier profiles Phil Blazer, the man behind Jewish Life TV", Jewish Quarterly, Autumn 2007.
- Dan Klein, "The actually Jewish-controlled media tries to make its mark", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 4, 2012.
- "Broadcaster and Activist Phil Blazer Dies at 76". 26 August 2020.
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- Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-45