KOPX-TV

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KOPX-TV
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
City of license Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
Subchannels 62.1 Ion Television
62.2 Qubo
62.3 Ion Life
62.4 Ion Shop
62.5 QVC
62.6 HSN
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Oklahoma City License, Inc.)
First air date March 16, 1996
Call letters' meaning Oklahoma's PaX TV
Former callsigns KMNZ (1996–1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
62 (UHF, 1996–2009)
Former affiliations inTV (1996–1998)
Pax TV (1998–2005)
i (2005–2007)
Transmitter power 200 kW
Height 483 m
Facility ID 2566
Transmitter coordinates 35°35′52.1″N 97°29′23.2″W / 35.597806°N 97.489778°W / 35.597806; -97.489778
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

KOPX-TV, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 50), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. KOPX maintains offices, master control and transmitter facilities located at 13424 Railway Drive in south Oklahoma City. On cable, KOPX is carried on Cox Communications channel 17 in standard definition and digital channel 706 in high definition, and also carried by AT&T U-verse on channel 62 in standard definition.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on March 16, 1996 as KMNZ; it originally operated as an affiliate of InTV, a network operated by Paxson Communications (the forerunner of Ion Media Networks) that specialized in paid programming. On August 31, 1998, KOPX became a charter station of the family-oriented Pax TV network (later formatted as a general entertainment service as i: Independent Television, now Ion Television), with programming from Christian television network The Worship Network airing during the overnight hours.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:[1]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
62.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
62.2 480i 4:3 qubo qubo
62.3 IONLife Ion Life
62.4 Shop Ion Shop
62.5 QVC QVC
62.6 HSN HSN


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KOPX-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50;[2] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 62, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Newscasts[edit]

In November 2002, in relation to agreements between Pax TV and several major network affiliates (most of which were affiliated with NBC, which held a minority interest in Pax), KOPX began airing tape delayed rebroadcasts of morning and late evening newscasts from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV (channel 4). The 6 a.m. hour of the morning newscast aired on a one-hour tape delay (at 7 a.m.), while the 10 p.m. newscast aired on a half-hour delay (at 10:30 p.m.), with the latter beginning shortly before the live 10 p.m. newscast on KFOR-TV ended.[3] The news share agreement ended on June 30, 2005 (coinciding with Pax's rebranding as i: Independent Television), due to Paxson Communications's decision to discontinue carriage of network affiliate newscasts as a result of Pax's financial troubles.

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