|Launched||February 14, 2004|
|Closed||August 10, 2010|
Jetix (formerly Fox Kids in Australia, Europe, Israel, Latin America and North America) is a defunct worldwide children's television programming block 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 had previously aired on Fox Kids, as well as some original programming. 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) switched over to Disney XD in 2009 (or Disney Channel in certain European countries) in accordance with the company's focus on its Disney, ABC, and ESPN brands. The last remaining Jetix in the world in Russia, switched over to Disney Channel on August 10, 2010.
Jetix Europe N.V. (JE), formerly Fox Kids Europe (FKE), was a television broadcasting company operating children's oriented channels and programming blocks across the European and Middle East markets.
Fox Kids Europe
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. K2 started out as a syndicated block for several local stations in Italy.
In July 2003, Fox Kids Europe relaunched Fox Kids Play interactive channel on Telewest.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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. Fox Kids UK channel added a Jetix block in April. Fox Kids blocks started to change over in April and the first channel in France was changed over in August 2004. In fall 2004 with the addition of three new shows, Toon Disney's US block was expanded to 16 hours.
SIP Animation co-produced a few animated series with Jetix Europe during the 2000s. Jetix Europe launched GXT as a male teen channel in May 2005 on Sky Italia in Italy. Jetix India added a temporary branding to the channel of Action Vacation starting May 7, 2007 while running two contests, WWE 24x7 and Jetix Action Vacation, while adding a WWE and other new series, martial arts movies and some Disney movies. After Jetix Europe picked up Iron Kid for its France and Spain channels, Jetix Latin America picked it up in January 2007 from BRB International.
In 2008, Jetix Europe licensed out Jetix France to The Walt Disney Company France and Disney-ABC-ESPN Television became its channel distribution partner. 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. In June, Jetix Europe agreed to have DAIT take over distribution sales for all channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In November, the Central and Eastern European channel team won gold in the UK Promax Awards for Jetix Max idents.
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. In 2009, K2 became a TV channel. 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. 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. Toon Disney were replaced by September 2009 with Disney XD or the Disney Channel, except for the Arabian version. The UK channel switched over to Disney Cinemagic in March 2006. The final Jetix channel to switch over to Disney XD was the Dutch version on January 1, 2010, while the last Jetix channel to close was the Russian version.
List of versions
|Market||Type||Formerly||(Fox Kids) launch date||Replacement||Replaced date|
|Power Box||September 10, 2006||discontinued||August 1, 2009|
|United States||block on ABC Family mornings||unnamed kids' action/adventure block (common name: ABC Family Action Block)||February 14, 2004||discontinued||Fall 2006|
|block on Toon Disney prime time||none||February 14, 2004||merged with Toon Disney to become Disney XD||February 13, 2009|
|Italy||channel||Fox Kids||(April 2000) March 2005||Disney XD||September 2009|
|Latin America||(November 1996) August 2004||July 3, 2009|
Toon Disney Japan
|December 2005||Disney XD Japan||August 2009|
7 to 8 pm Saturday & Sunday Hindi
|July 2, 2005|
|Central and Eastern Europe||channel||January 2005||Disney Channel Bulgaria, Disney Channel Romania||September 2009|
|United Kingdom||Fox Kids||(October 19, 1996) January 2005||Disney XD||2009 fall|
|block on Fox Kids||April 2004||Jetix UK channel||January 2005|
|Netherlands||channel||February 2005||Disney XD||January 1, 2010|
|France||(11/1997) August 2004||Disney XD||April 1, 2009|
|Poland||(April 18, 1998 ) January 2005||September 2009|
|Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia||channel||(September 2000) January 2005||Disney Channel Hungary, Disney Channel Czech, Disney Slovakia||September 2009|
|block on Fox Kids||April 2004||January 2005|
|Hungary||block on TV2||(2003)|
|block on Magyar TV||(2000)|
|Australia||block on Disney Channel||none||September 2004||discontinued||March 2009|
|Scandinavia||block||Fox Kids||(May 1998 )||September 12, 2009|
|channel||(February 12, 1998) October 2004||Disney XD||September 12, 2009|
|channel||(December 1998) January 2005||Disney XD||September 2009|
|South Korea||block, weekdays on CHAMP||none||May 2005||2009|
|Germany||channel||(October 2000) June 10, 2005||Disney XD||October 2009|
|block, 1/2 hr. Saturday morning on Kabel 1||October 30, 2004|
|Turkey, Middle East and North Africa||channel||Fox Kids||(November 2000) January 2005||Disney XD||October 2009|
|Turkey||block on Show TV||(2000)|
|Bulgaria||block on Balkan News||(2000)|
|channel||2003||Disney Channel||September 2009|
|Israel||Fox Kids||(February 2001) March 2005||Disney Channel||September 9, 2009|
|Greece||(October 2001) January 2005||Disney XD (Greece)||2009|
|Russia||block on REN TV channel||(2001) 2002||Disney Channel (Russia)||August 10, 2010|
|Vietnam||block on VTV||November 2005|
|Kazakhstan||block on KTK||2006|
|Slovenia||channel||Disney Channel||September 2009|
|Market||Name||Type||Formerly||Launch date||Replacement||Replaced date|
|Central and Eastern Europe||Jetix Play||channel||Fox Kids Play||October 2003||Playhouse Disney||2010|
|India||Jetix Action Station||block on|
Toon Disney weekdays, Tamil, Telugu and English
|December 2004||Disney XD||November 14, 2009|
|Italy||GXT||Channel||May 2005||sold||June 2009|
|K2||syndicated block / channel||Fox Kids||2002/2009|
|Poland||Jetix Play||channel||Fox Kids Play||November 2003||Playhouse Disney||November 2010|
|Czech Republic and Slovakia||2010|
|Turkey and MENA Region||2004||2011|
|United Kingdom||January 1, 2005||August 1, 2010|
|Jetix +1||timeshift service||Fox Kids +||same as Jetix UK||Disney XD +1||same as Jetix UK|
|Spain||Jetix Max||block on Jetix|
early evening weekday
|Central and Eastern European||block on Jetix|
|Owned by||Jetix Europe|
|Replaced by||Playhouse Disney|
|Sister channel(s)||Jetix, K2, GXT|
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 relaunched Fox Kids Play interactive channel on Telewest.
In the UK, 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.
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.
The Jetix Kids Cup was an association football tournament in which kids from 16 countries competed to "promote fair play, sportsmanship and cultural exchange".
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