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Jetix
Jetix.png
Launched 2004
Closed February 12, 2009
Owned by The Walt Disney Company
Broadcast area Worldwide
Formerly called Fox Kids
Replaced by Disney XD (in some countries by Disney Channel)

Jetix was a worldwide children's television programming brand owned by The Walt Disney Company. The Jetix brand was used for blocks and channels featuring action-related and adventure-related live-action and animated programming that has replaced Fox Kids. It was also a Disney brand of Fox Kids. Disney retired the Jetix brand in 2010 and replaced it with Disney XD (or Disney Channel in some countries). The last remaining Jetix in the world, Russian Jetix, was replaced by Disney Channel on March 1, 2010.

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Organization and ownership

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United States

The brand broadcasted in the United States as a block of programming on the Toon Disney television channel. On September 4, 2006, ABC Family removed the Jetix block, which continued to air on its exclusive home, Toon Disney. On February 13, 2009, with Toon Disney being merged into a new network called Disney XD (a new channel similar in scope to Jetix), the Jetix brand is no longer used in the United States. After the programming block's official closure, Jetix's website was redirected to Disney XD's website.

Europe

United Kingdom and Ireland

In United Kingdom and Ireland, the channel was launched on 19 October 1996 as Fox Kids and it became Jetix on 1 January 2005. Jetix was replaced with Disney XD on 31 August 2009. Disney XD also has a 1 hour timeshift named Disney XD +1. The channel is carried by Sky Digital and Virgin Media in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland on Sky Digital, Magnet Networks and UPC Ireland.

Russia and CIS countries

Jetix Russia was based on Jetix (Central and Eastern Europe), but all things related to Disney were automatically replaced with Jetix promos[1],. Certain shows which then did not air on the regular Jetix CEE (W.I.T.C.H., Iggy Arbuckle) were part of the hour-and-a-half long programming block that replaced the Disney block. When Jetix CEE was changed to Disney Channel CEE, the Russian language transmission ceased. Jetix, now as a separate channel, continues to exist for the time being.

Rest of Europe, Latin America

In Europe and Latin America, the brand broadcasts as television channels in their own right, owned by subsidiary companies Jetix Europe based in Netherlands Hilversum and Latin America. These channels are branded as Jetix. All previous Fox Kids channels were rebranded to Jetix by January 2005.

The European subsidiary, Jetix Europe NV, was listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. [1] However only 26% of the shares were in free float, as Disney owned the remainder. In December 2008, Disney announced it has plans to acquire the rest of Jetix Europe, as well as its intention to remove the company's listing on Euronext.[2] This was completed in late February 2009. On February 11, the company president Paul Taylor was replaced by John Hardie, who is also executive vice president of Disney Channels EMEA (who was later replaced by Giorgio Stock on both his positions[3]).[4][5] The Latin American company is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney.

In May 2009, The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Disney & ESPN Cable Media Networks Latin America announced that Jetix Latin America would become the Latin American version of Disney XD on July 3, 2009.[6] Following the launch of Disney XD in the USA in February 13, 2009, Disney-ABC Television Group rolled out to France on April 1, 2009 and it is expected to be rolled out to other European territories in 2009.[7] The Scandinavian version of Toon Disney available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland was replaced by Disney XD on September 11 2009.

Recently, Disney announced that the Jetix channel in certain countries (namely Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria) will be renamed to the Disney Channel, marking that channel's first introduction in these countries. That change happened at September 19, 2009. [8] Jetix Russia will be replaced on March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01). The Dutch version of Jetix was replaced by Disney XD on January 1, 2010. [9]

Canada

In Canada, "Family", a long-time partner of Disney Channel's programming owned by Astral Media, began their own Jetix block on September 10, 2006, replacing the "Power Box" block. The original Canadian Jetix block included Get Ed, Ōban Star-Racers, W.I.T.C.H. and Power Rangers: Mystic Force. Jetix aired from 6:03 am ET through 7:45 am ET on weekend mornings.

Jetix closed on August 1, 2009 with no replacement.

List of international versions

  • Americas
    • Jetix (Canada) (Closed as block and replaced with nothing on August 1, 2009)
    • Jetix (US) (Closed as block and replaced with Disney XD on February 13, 2009)
    • Jetix (Latin America) (Closed July 3, 2009 and replaced with Disney XD)
  • Asia Pacific
    • Jetix (Japan) (Closed as block and replaced with Disney XD on August 1, 2009)
    • Jetix (India) (Closed November 14, 2009 and replaced with Disney XD)
  • Europe

Programing

Magazine

In the UK, Future plc published the official Jetix Magazine. Published every four weeks the magazine featured puzzles and featured based on the channel's characters plus a six page Power Rangers comic, and at one point, the stories from the American Sonic X comic book series by Archie Comics. The magazine also come with a free DVD featuring shows from the channel.

In other countries, including Bulgaria and Romania, similar Jetix magazines were also produced.

Monster Truck

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 drivers The Destroyer, and toured in the Monster Jam European tour until December. The truck has not been seen since then and was rebranded as Disney XD after the rebranding of the channel in Europe.

Jetix Kids Cup

The Jetix Kids Cup was a soccer (football) tournament which kids from all over the world competed to show their skills.

References

  1. ^ http://www.telemaniac.com/jetix-bgro Джетикс ще увеличи програмите на Дисни в България и Румъния (translation: Jetix to air more Disney programming in Romania) (in Bulgarian); retrieved August 20, 2008.>
  2. ^ The Walt Disney Company to acquire outstanding shares of Jetix Europe, published 2008-12-10, retrieved 2008-12-14
  3. ^ GIORGIO STOCK NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DISNEY CHANNELS, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA, The Walt Disney Company, March 17, 2009
  4. ^ Jetix announces repurchase of shares, published 2009-01-30, retrieved 2009-02-19
  5. ^ Jetix announces John Hardie as new CEO, published 2009-02-11, retrieved 2009-02-19
  6. ^ http://deportes.eluniversal.com/2009/05/15/tele_ava_jetix-se-transformar_15A2330603.shtml
  7. ^ "French Jetix becomes Disney XD". Broadband TV News. 2009-02-16. http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/?p=14241. 
  8. ^ Jetix to become Disney - Broadband TV News, by Chris Dziadul, published and retrieved: 2009-05-26
  9. ^ http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/11/25/january-launch-for-dutch-disney-xd/

Simple English

Jetix was a TV brand owned by Walt Disney. On Disney Jetix was replaced with Disney XD and on ABC Family it was discontinued. The last Jetix was the Russian version, and will replaced a Disney version.



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