Jewish Life Television
|Jewish Life Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||North America|
New York City
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|DirecTV (USA)||Channel 366|
|Time Warner Cable |
(NYC, NJ, L.A.)
|Bright House Networks (Tampa Bay)||Channel 172|
|Atlantic Broadband (South Florida)||Channel 167|
(South Florida, Houston)
|Check Local Listings|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 751|
|Digital media receiver||Roku|
Jewish Life Television (JLTV) is a 24-hour, full-time TV network delivering entertaining Jewish–themed programming. Currently led by Tom Daniels, the network was founded in 2007 by Phil Blazer, a longtime journalist and producer of programming for the Jewish community. In the United States, JLTV is available in over 40 million households through DirecTV and various regional cable systems, in addition to offering a live feed of its programming for free on the Internet.
JLTV's programming includes news, sports, lifestyle and entertainment programming such as films, documentaries, music, reviews, interviews and special events, such as programming from the Maccabiah Games. 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. Since late 2018, the channel's programming has increasingly relied on repeat airings and shows in the public domain in the United States, regardless of the ethnicity of the host or stars (for example, the public domain episodes of The Lucy Show, a show with no known Jewish stars, was added at the beginning of 2019); The Danny Kaye Show, a daily staple of the channel's program lineup, was dropped after 18 months at the end of 2018.
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.
- "Soboroff Raises Bar for 18th Maccabiah", Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, July 29, 2009; "L.A. Fifth-Grader Ready for Prime Time", Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, July 10, 2009.
- Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-45