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Jetix logo.png
Typechildren's television network
CountryUnited States
Latin America
Broadcast areaWorldwide
StationsJetix Play (see below)
Language(s)available in over 20 languages
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Timeshift serviceJetix +1 (United Kingdom and Italy)
ParentThe Walt Disney Company
Sister channels
  • Jetix Play (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)
  • GXT (Italy)
  • K2 (Italy)
Launched14 February 2004; 17 years ago (2004-02-14) (as a programming block)
August 2004; 17 years ago (2004-08) (as a channel)
ReplacedFox Kids (Europe, Latin America)
Closed10 August 2010; 11 years ago (2010-08-10) (as Jetix)
12 March 2011; 10 years ago (2011-03-12) (as Jetix Play)
Replaced byDisney XD or Disney Channel
(see table)
Former namesFox Kids

Jetix was an international children's entertainment brand owned by Jetix Europe, Jetix Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group, all owned by The Walt Disney Company. The Jetix brand was used mostly for children's programming blocks and television channels featuring action and adventure-related programming, most of which had previously aired on Fox Kids, as well as some original programming.

In the United States, Jetix was available as a programming block which aired on Toon Disney (from 2004 to 2009) and on ABC Family (from 2004 to 2006), while internationally, it was mainly available as a television channel. 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 brand was completely discontinued after the shutdown of the Russian version (which was replaced with Disney Channel Russia) on August 10, 2010,[5][2] and with the shutdown of Jetix Play in Romania, on March 12, 2011.


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 brand, called 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, explain 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 Valentine's Day 2004, Toon Disney and ABC Family launched their Jetix blocks with Jetix Cards Live, the world's first concurrently online and telecast trading card game.[10] Toon Disney had 12 hours of weekly prime time programming to start, and ABC Family had two hours on weekdays and four hours 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]

Jetix Europe

List of versions

Market Type Formerly (Fox Kids) launch date[12] Replacement Replaced date
Canada block on
Family Channel
Power Box 10 September 2006[13] discontinued[citation needed] 1 August 2009
United States block on ABC Family mornings unnamed kids' action/adventure block (common name: ABC Family Action Block) 14 February 2004[10] discontinued Fall 2006[14]
block on Toon Disney prime time None 14 February 2004[10] merged with Toon Disney to become Disney XD 13 February 2009[15]
Italy channel Fox Kids (April 2000)[12] March 2005[16] Disney XD September 2009[17]
Latin America (November 1996)[18] August 2004[19] 3 July 2009[20]
Japan block on
Toon Disney Japan
None December 2005[21] 9 August 2009[22]
India block on
7 to 8 pm Saturday & Sunday Hindi
2 July 2005[23] Disney XD (India) Fall 2009
Central and Eastern Europe channel Fox Kids (1 April 1999) 1 January 2005[16] Disney Channel 19 September 2009[3]
United Kingdom and Ireland (19 October 1996)[24] January 2005[8] Disney XD 2009 fall[25]
block on Fox Kids April 2004[25] Jetix January 2005[8]
Netherlands channel February 2005[16] Disney XD 1 January 2010[26]
France (November 1997) August 2004[27] 1 April 2009[1]
Poland (18 April 1998[28] ) January 2005[16] 18 September 2009[29][30]
block on Polsat (May 1998[31]) None
Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia channel (September 2000) January 2005[16] Disney Channel (Hungary), Disney Channel (Czech Republic), Disney Slovakia September 2009[32][33][34]
block on Fox Kids April 2004 None January 2005
Hungary block on TV2 None (2003[35])
block on Magyar TV (2000[36])
Australia block on Disney Channel September 2004[citation needed] discontinued March 2009[citation needed]
Scandinavia block Fox Kids (May 1998[31] ) None 12 September 2009[citation needed]
channel (12 February 1998[28]) October 2004[16] Disney XD 12 September 2009[37]
Spain block (May 1998[31]) None
channel (December 1998) January 2005[16] Disney XD September 2009[38]
South Korea block, weekdays on CHAMP May 2005[39] None 2009[citation needed]
Germany channel Fox Kids (October 2000)[40] 10 June 2005[41] Disney XD October 2009[42]
block, 1/2 hr. Saturday morning on Kabel 1 None 30 October 2004[43] None
Turkey, Middle East and North Africa channel Fox Kids (November 2000[40]) January 2005[16] Disney XD October 2009[44]
Turkey block on Show TV None (2000[36]) None
Bulgaria block on Balkan News (2000[36])
channel Fox Kids 2003 Disney Channel September 2009[45]
Israel (February 2001[40]) March 2005[16] Disney Channel 9 September 2009[citation needed]
Greece (October 2001) January 2005[16] Disney XD (Greece) 2009[46]
Russia channel and block on REN TV channel (2001, channel; 2002 block)[35] 2005 Disney Channel (Russia) 10 August 2010[2]
Vietnam block on VTV None November 2005[47] discontinued
Kazakhstan block on KTK 2006[48]

Other versions

Market Name Type Formerly Launch date[12] Replacement Replaced date
Central and Eastern Europe Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play October 2003[12] Playhouse Disney 1 August 2010(almost all countries, excepting Romania)

12 March 2011(Romania)

India Jetix Action Station block on
Toon Disney weekdays, Tamil, Telugu and English
December 2004[23] Disney XD 14 November 2009[49]
Italy GXT channel May 2005[50] sold June 2009[51]
K2 syndicated block / channel Fox Kids 2002[35]/2009[52]
Poland Jetix Play channel Fox Kids Play November 2003 Playhouse Disney 31 July 2010[53]
Czech Republic and Slovakia 2010[53]
Turkey and MENA Region 2004[when?] Disney Junior 1 June 2011[54]
United Kingdom 1 January 2005 1 August 2010[54]
Jetix +1 timeshift service Fox Kids + same as Jetix UK Disney XD +1 same as Jetix UK
Russia Jetix Play channel discontinued 2010[54]
Spain Jetix Max block on Jetix early evening weekday[55]
+1 timeshift service June 2006 Disney XD +1 same as Jetix Spain
Central and Eastern European Jetix Max block on Jetix[56]

Jetix Play

Jetix Play
Fox Kids Play logo.png
Fox Kids Play's logo, the predecessor of Jetix Play.
Jetix Play (2007-2010).png
Jetix Play's logo, used from 2007 until its closure.
Typechildren's television network
CountryUnited Kingdom[57]
Broadcast areaCEE and MENA
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom[58]
Language(s)English, Polish, Turkish, Russian
Picture format576i (SDTV)
OwnerJetix Europe
ParentThe Walt Disney Company
Sister channelsJetix
FoundedJanuary 2003(as Fox Kids Play)
1 January 2005(as Jetix Play)
LaunchedJanuary 2003 (Poland)
October 2003(Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey)
1 January 2005(as Jetix Play)
Closed31 July 2010 (CEE)
1 September 2010 (Turkey)
12 March 2011 (Romania)
Replaced byPlayhouse Disney (most countries)
Former namesFox Kids Play
Links (archived)

Jetix Play (Formerly Fox Kids Play) was a brand used by Jetix Europe for various uses, mainly as a sister channel to Jetix.

As a channel

Jetix Play functioned as a sister channel to Jetix that was available in various CEE and MENA countries. The channel originally launched in January 2003[59] as Fox Kids Play in Poland, and later launched in October 2003 in CEE (Including Russia) and MENA regions (including Turkey). On 1 January 2005, Fox Kids Play was rebranded as Jetix Play.[60]

Fox Kids Play and Jetix Play were available 12 hours per day, from 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. On November 1, 2008, Jetix Play increased its broadcast period from 12 to almost 17 hours per day, from 6 A.M. to 10:45 P.M.[61]

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/ABC Family Worldwide catalogue as well as some DIC Entertainment shows.

After The Walt Disney Company increased their ownership in Jetix Europe, they planned to rebrand the channels after Jetix's rebranding into Disney XD or Disney Channel. The CEE and Polish feeds were closed down on 1 August 2010,[53] in Turkey on 1 September 2010[62] and was lastly closed in Romania, on March 12, 2011.[54] The channel was replaced with Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior in most regions.

As an interactive service

In the United Kingdom, Fox Kids Europe launched an interactive VOD channel on Telewest under the Fox Kids Play brand in July 2003.[63] The service extended to Sky Digital in March 2004.

As a programming block

Jetix Play in the Netherlands functioned as a pre-school-focused morning block on Jetix, airing shows aimed towards younger children.[64] Between 2006-2007, in Romania and other CEE countries, Jetix Play was available as a programming block which aired classic animated shows from Saban Entertainment and ABC Family Worldwide.[65][66][67]

List of programs (TV channel)[68]

Saban Entertainment

  • Bad Dog
  • Jin Jin and the Panda Patrol
  • Little Wizards
  • The Kids from Room 402
  • The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs
  • Camp Candy (Season 3)
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • The Littl' Bits
  • Little Mouse on the Prairie
  • Pinocchio: The Animated Series
  • Saban's Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic

SIP Animation

  • Gadget and the Gadgetinis
  • Saban's Princess Sissi
  • The Tofus
  • Walter Melon
  • Wunschpunsch
  • Saban's Around the World in 80 Dreams
  • Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist
  • Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid
  • Saban's Gulliver's Travels
  • Jim Button
  • Saban's The Why Why Family

Fox Kids

  • Eek! Stravaganza
  • Life with Louie
  • Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates
  • Bobby's World

DIC Entertainment

  • Gadget and the Gadgetinis
  • Camp Candy (Seasons 1-2)
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Lady Lovely Locks
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Sylvanian Families
  • The Get Along Gang
  • The Littles


  • Captain Flamingo
  • Diplodos


  • Addams Family Reunion
  • Au Pair
  • Au Pair II
  • Casper Meets Wendy
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Golf Punks
  • Men in White
  • Mom's on Strike
  • Oh, Baby
  • On Thin Ice
  • Rusty: The Great Rescue
  • The Mercury Project


Jetix owned the Saban Entertainment library which included shows from Marvel Productions.[69]

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.[27]

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 drives 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.[70][71]


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.[72]

In other countries, including Bulgaria, the Netherlands[73] and Romania, similar Jetix magazines were also produced.

Jetix Magazine was launched in early September 2004 by Jetix Consumer Products and Future Publishing.[72] Cavan Scott was the magazine's initial editor.[74]

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.[75]

Kids Cup

The Jetix Kids Cup was an association football tournament in which children from 16 countries competed to "promote fair play, sportsmanship and cultural exchange".[76]

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