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Jetix was a worldwide children's television network 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 and adventure-related programming, most of which had previously aired on Fox Kids, as well as some original programming.

Jetix
Jetix logo.png
Launched14 February 2004; 15 years ago (2004-02-14)
Closed10 August 2010; 9 years ago (2010-08-10)
Owned by
SloganUpgrading to the Next Level! (US)
Lo que ya veías, más lo que querías ver (Latin America)
La télé puissance X (France)
Broadcast areaWorldwide
ReplacedFox Kids (Europe/Latin America)
Replaced byDisney XD or Disney Channel
(see table)
Sister channel(s)
  • Jetix Play (Europe, Middle East and North Africa)
  • GXT (Italy)
  • K2 (Italy)
Timeshift serviceJetix +1 (United Kingdom and Italy)

In the United States, the block aired on Toon Disney (from 2004–2009) and on ABC Family (from 2004–2006). The Jetix brand, alongside Toon Disney, were eventually retired and both rebranded as Disney XD[1] in 2009, or Disney Channel in certain European countries, [2][3] in accordance with The Walt Disney Company's focus on its Disney, ABC, and ESPN brands.[4] The last remaining Jetix channel, in Russia, was rebranded as Disney Channel on August 10, 2010.[5]

HistoryEdit

In January 2004, Fox Kids Europe, Fox Kids Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group agreed to rename its then current operations under a single umbrella name Jetix,[6][7] which helped strengthen its then operations into a single force. The Jetix name was applied to its programming blocks which aired on ABC Family and Toon Disney, its television channels in Europe and Latin America, along with its programme library and merchandising.[6]

The Jetix name was chosen after the company conducted international research specifically with a number of children focus groups. Many of the children picked the name as it implied action and adventure, and the company was able to use the name internationally due to its ambiguity. Bruce Steinberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Kids Europe, said that Jetix would help strengthen Fox Kids Europe's partnership with Disney while building new alliances to continue to successfully leverage its programming library and distribution.[8][9]

On February 14, 2004, Toon Disney and ABC Family launched their Jetix blocks with Jetix Cards Live, the world's first concurrently online and television trading card game,[10] with Toon Disney having 12 hours of weekly prime time programming to start and ABC Family with 2 hours weekday and 4 hour on weekends all in the morning.[11]. In fall 2004 with the addition of three new shows, Toon Disney's U.S. block was expanded to 16 hours.[11]

After Jetix Europe was purchased by Disney in December 2008, they announced that all Jetix operations would be replaced with a Disney branded channel. In the United States, Toon Disney and Jetix were merged to form Disney XD in February 2009. The rest of the Jetix channels were either merged with Toon Disney to create Disney XD or were replaced with Disney XD or Disney Channel, depending on the region.[citation needed]

Jetix EuropeEdit

Jetix Europe N.V.
Formerly
Fox Kids Europe N.V. (1996–2004)
Private
Naamloze Vennootschap
IndustryTelevision
FateRemaining shares purchased by The Walt Disney Company, assets dispersed into other Disney units in March 2019
FoundedOctober 1996
DefunctMarch 2019
Headquarters,
Number of employees
362[12]
ParentFox Family Worldwide/ABC Family Worldwide (75.7%, 1999–2008)
The Walt Disney Company (2008–2019)
SubsidiariesJetix Europe Limited (50% joint venture with Sky UK)[13]
Jetix Italy S.r.l. (joint venture with Sky Italia)
Jetix España S.L. (Joint venture with Sogecable S.A.)
Jetix Poland Limited (Minority owner, subsidiary of United Pan-Europe Communications N.V.)
TV10 B.V. (Joint venture with SBS Broadcasting)
Jetix Europe GmbH (joint venture with Premiere Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG)
Jetix Israel
Websitejetixeurope.com  

Jetix Europe N.V. (formerly known as Fox Kids Europe N.V.) was a television broadcasting company based in the Netherlands that ran children's oriented channels and programming blocks across the European and Middle East markets.[14]

HistoryEdit

Fox Kids Europe was founded when the first International Fox Kids channel launched in the United Kingdom in October 1996. The company became a publicly traded company in November 1999 with Fox Family Worldwide holding a 75.7% majority stake and the other 24.3% being listed on Euronext. By then, Fox Kids Europe had launched 6 different channel feeds: United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Poland, Scandinavia and Spain.

In 2000, 5 additional Fox Kids feeds launched: Russia and ex-Soviet countries, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Hungary and the Middle East. These launches made Fox Kids the only children's entertainment company with a local channel in every major European market.

In February 2001, a Fox Kids feed was launched in Israel, while the Hungarian feed was extended to Czechia and Slovakia, while launching in Russia as a programming block on free-to-air channel Ren TV. In June 2001 Fox Kids Europe announced that the Fox Kids brand had become the most widely distributed children's channel in Europe and the Middle East, reaching 24.9 million households and broadcasting in 54 countries via 11 channel feeds in 16 languages.

In October 2001, Fox Kids Europe's major owner Fox Family Worldwide was purchased by The Walt Disney Company and renamed ABC Family Worldwide Inc.[14] K2 started out as a syndicated block for several local stations in Italy.[15]

In November 2001, a Greek service was launched with limited 13 hours following a 2-hour block launched in October.[16]

In December 2002, the company signed with BMG Europe for two Fox Kids Hits music compilation albums per year for 10 European markets.[17]

In July 2003, Fox Kids Europe launched a VOD channel on Telewest titled Fox Kids Play. [18] The name was eventually used for a sister channel under the same name, which first launched in Central, Eastern Europe and Turkey in October 2003.

By 2003, Fox Kids Europe had extended to 34.8 million households in 57 countries via 12 channel feeds in 17 languages.

During the Jetix rebranding, Fox Kids channels across Europe started to introduce Jetix branded blocks. The UK feed added the Jetix block in April.[8] Fox Kids blocks across the worlds started to change over in April and the first channel in France was changed over in August 2004.[19] Fox Kids Europe N.V. changed its legal name to Jetix Europe N.V. on July 14, 2004.[20]

In May 2005, Jetix Europe subsidiary Jetix Italia launched a male teen channel called GXT on Sky Italia[21]

SIP Animation co-produced a few animated series with Jetix Europe during the 2000s.[22][23]

In 2008, Jetix Europe licensed out Jetix France to The Walt Disney Company France and Disney-ABC-ESPN Television became its channel distribution partner.[14] 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.[24] In June, Jetix Europe agreed to have DAIT take over distribution sales for all channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[25] In November, the Central and Eastern European channel team won gold in the U.K. Promax Awards for Jetix Max idents.[26]

On December 8, 2008, Disney made an agreement to increase ownership in Jetix Europe to 96%, with intentions to purchase the remainder and have Jetix Europe delisted from the Euronext Amsterdam exchange.[27] In 2009, K2 became a TV channel.[15] 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.[1] 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.[28][29] The final Jetix channel to switch over to Disney XD was the Dutch version on January 1, 2010,[30] while the last Jetix channel to close was the Russian version, which was rebranded as Disney Channel. The Jetix Play channels soon followed suit in 2010/2011, being replaced with Playhouse Disney.[31] Jetix Europe remained dormant until the Disney/Fox merger in 2019, when its remaining assets were dispersed to other Disney units.

List of versionsEdit

Market Type Formerly (Fox Kids) launch date[32] Replacement Replaced date
Canada block on
Family Channel
Power Box September 10, 2006[33] discontinued[citation needed] August 1, 2009
United States block on ABC Family mornings unnamed kids' action/adventure block (common name: ABC Family Action Block) February 14, 2004[10] discontinued Fall 2006[34]
block on Toon Disney prime time none February 14, 2004[10] merged with Toon Disney to become Disney XD February 13, 2009[35]
Italy channel Fox Kids (April 2000)[32] March 2005[36] Disney XD September 2009[37]
Latin America (November 1996)[38] August 2004[39] July 3, 2009[40]
Japan block on
Toon Disney Japan
December 2005[41] Disney XD Japan August 2009[42]
India block on
STAR One
7 to 8 pm Saturday & Sunday Hindi
July 2, 2005[43]
Central and Eastern Europe channel (April 1, 1999 ) January 1, 2005[36] Disney Channel Bulgaria, Disney Channel Romania September 2009[3]
United Kingdom and Ireland Fox Kids (October 19, 1996)[44] January 2005[8] Disney XD 2009 fall[45]
block on Fox Kids April 2004[45] Jetix UK channel January 2005[8]
Netherlands channel February 2005[36] Disney XD January 1, 2010[30]
France (11/1997) August 2004[19] Disney XD April 1, 2009[1]
Poland (April 18, 1998[46] ) January 2005[36] 18 September 2009[47][48]
block on Polsat (May 1998[49])
Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia channel (September 2000) January 2005[36] Disney Channel Hungary, Disney Channel Czech, Disney Slovakia September 2009[50][51][52]
block on Fox Kids April 2004 January 2005
Hungary block on TV2 (2003[53])
block on Magyar TV (2000[54])
Australia block on Disney Channel none September 2004[citation needed] discontinued March 2009[citation needed]
Scandinavia block Fox Kids (May 1998[49] ) September 12, 2009[citation needed]
channel (February 12, 1998[46]) October 2004[36] Disney XD September 12, 2009[55]
Spain block (May 1998[49])
channel (December 1998) January 2005[36] Disney XD September 2009[56]
South Korea block, weekdays on CHAMP none May 2005[57] 2009[citation needed]
Germany channel (October 2000)[58] June 10, 2005[59] Disney XD October 2009[60]
block, 1/2 hr. Saturday morning on Kabel 1 October 30, 2004[61]
Turkey, Middle East and North Africa channel Fox Kids (November 2000[58]) January 2005[36] Disney XD October 2009[62]
Turkey block on Show TV (2000[54])
Bulgaria block on Balkan News (2000[54])
channel 2003 Disney Channel September 2009[63]
Israel Fox Kids (February 2001[58]) March 2005[36] Disney Channel September 9, 2009[citation needed]
Greece (October 2001) January 2005[36] Disney XD (Greece) 2009[64]
Russia block on REN TV channel (2001)[53] 2002 Disney Channel (Russia) August 10, 2010[2]
Vietnam block on VTV November 2005[65] discontinued
Kazakhstan block on KTK 2006[66]
Slovenia channel Disney Channel September 2009[67]

Other versionsEdit

Market Name Type Formerly Launch date[32] Replacement Replaced date
Central and Eastern Europe Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play October 2003[32] Playhouse Disney 2010
India Jetix Action Station block on
Toon Disney weekdays, Tamil, Telugu and English
December 2004[43] Disney XD November 14, 2009[68]
Italy GXT channel May 2005[21] sold June 2009[28]
K2 syndicated block / channel Fox Kids 2002[53]/2009[15]
Poland Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play November 2003 Playhouse Disney November 2010[69]
Czech Republic and Slovakia 2010[69]
Turkey and MENA Region 2004[when?] Disney Junior June 1, 2011[31]
United Kingdom January 1, 2005 August 1, 2010[31]
Jetix +1 timeshift service Fox Kids + same as Jetix UK Disney XD +1 same as Jetix UK
Russia Jetix Play channel discontinued 2010[31]
Spain Jetix Max block on Jetix
early evening weekday[70]
Central and Eastern European block on Jetix[26]

Jetix PlayEdit

Jetix Play
 
LaunchedJanuary 2001 (CEE)
November 2001 (MENA)
November 2003 (Poland)
ClosedAugust 1, 2010 (Poland)
September 1, 2010 (Turkey)
March 12, 2011 (Romania/MENA)
Mid 2011 (CEE)
Owned byJetix Europe
Replaced byPlayhouse Disney
Sister channel(s)Jetix
Websitejetixplay.tv (closed)

Jetix Play was a sister channel to Jetix that was shown in various European countries. The channel originally launched in January 2001 as Fox Kids Play in most CEE regions.

Jetix Play was aimed at a younger audience than the main Jetix channel and showed mainly classic animated cartoons and animated television series from the Saban Entertainment catalogue as well as other programs owned by ABC Family Worldwide and Fox Kids Europe/Jetix Europe, as well as some DIC Entertainment shows. The channel had three different feeds for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa (Also including Turkey) and Poland.

In July 2003, Fox Kids Europe launched an unrelated VOD channel on Telewest under the Fox Kids Play brand.[18] The service extended to Sky in March 2004.

After Jetix Europe's purchase from Disney, they planned to rebrand the service after Jetix's rebranding into Disney XD or Disney Channel. The CEE and Polish feeds were closed down on August 1, 2010[69] The channel closed in Turkey on September 1, 2010[71] and was lastly closed in Romania and the remaining MENA Regions in 2011.[31] The channel was replaced with Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior in all regions apart from Russia, as Playhouse Disney wasn't licensed to air in the country at the time.[69]

LogosEdit

ProgrammingEdit

Jetix owned the Saban Entertainment library which included shows from Marvel Productions.[72]

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.[19]

MagazineEdit

In the U.K., Future plc published the official Jetix Magazine. Published every four weeks, it featured puzzles and features based on the channel's shows. The magazine also came with a free DVD featuring shows from the channel.[73]

In other countries, including Bulgaria, the Netherlands[74] and Romania, similar Jetix magazines were also produced.

Jetix Magazine was launched in early September 2004 by Jetix Consumer Products and Future Publishing.[73] Cavan Scott was the magazine's initial editor.[75]

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.[76]

Kids CupEdit

The Jetix Kids Cup was an association football tournament in which kids from 16 countries competed to "promote fair play, sportsmanship and cultural exchange".[77]

See alsoEdit

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