|Launched||February 14, 2004|
|Closed||August 10, 2010|
Jetix (formerly Fox Kids in Europe, Latin America and North 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. Disney started to retire the Jetix brand in 2009 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 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.
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 December 2002, FKE signed with BMG Europe for two Fox Kids Hits music compilation albums per year for 10 European markets.
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.
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 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.
|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||channel||Fox Kids||(November 1996) August 2004||Disney XD||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||channel||Fox Kids||(October 19, 1996) January 2005||Disney XD||2009 fall|
|block on Fox Kids||April 2004||Jetix UK channel||January 2005|
|Netherlands||channel||Fox Kids||February 2005||Disney XD||January 1, 2010|
|France||channel||Fox Kids||(11/1997) August 2004||Disney XD||April 1, 2009|
|Poland||channel||Fox Kids||(April 18, 1998 ) January 2005||Disney XD||September 2009|
|block||Fox Kids||(May 1998)|
|Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia||channel||Fox Kids||(September 2000) January 2005||Disney Channel Hungary, Disney Channel Czech, Disney Slovakia||September 2009|
|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||Fox Kids||(February 12, 1998) October 2004||Disney XD||September 12, 2009|
|Spain||block||Fox Kids||(May 1998)|
|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||channel||Fox Kids||(February 2001) March 2005||Disney Channel||September 9, 2009|
|Greece||channel||Fox Kids||(October 2001) January 2005||Disney XD (Greece)||2009|
|Russia||block on REN TV channel||Fox Kids||(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|
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|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||Jetix Play||channel||Playhouse Disney||2010|
|Turkey and MENA Region||Jetix Play||channel||Fox Kids Play||2004[when?]||2011|
|United Kingdom||Jetix Play||channel||Fox Kids Play||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||Jetix Max||block on Jetix|
|Closed||August 1, 2010 (most countries)
September 1, 2010 (Turkey)
March 12, 2011 (Romania)
|Owned by||Jetix Europe|
|Formerly called||Fox Kids Play (2003-2005)|
|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.
Jetix Play was closed on August 1, 2010 in most countries, on September 1, 2010 in Turkey, and in Romania it closed on March 12, 2011. In most countries it was replaced with Playhouse Disney.
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.
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.
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.