|Arlington, Virginia/Washington, D.C.|
|Branding||Univision Washington D.C.|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||14.1 Univision HD|
|Owner||Univision Communications, Inc.
(managed by Entravision Communications Corporation)
(UniMas D.C. LLC)
|First air date||August 3, 1993|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleFutura
(after its previous affiliation)
|Former callsigns||WTMW (1993–2001)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
14 (UHF, 1993–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1993–1997)
America's Store (1997–1999)
Military Channel (1999)
Panda Shopping Network (1999)
Renaissance Network (2001–2002)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WFDC-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 15) is a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to Arlington, Virginia and serving the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. The station is owned by Univision Communications and managed by Entravision Communications, this makes WFDC a sister station to UniMás affiliate WMDO-CA (channel 47). The two stations share studios are located in Washington, and its transmitter is located in the Tenleytown section of Washington's northwest side.
On cable, the station is carried on Xfinity channel 14 in the Washington area and on channel 11 in the Baltimore (the latter market's NBC affiliate, WBAL-TV, broadcasts over-the-air on channel 11, but is carried on channel 21 due to signal issues).
Prior history of channel 14 in Washington
Channel 14 first signed on as WOOK on March 6, 1963 as the first television station in the country aimed at the African-American demographic. WOOK's claim to fame was their teen-oriented dance show called Teenarama, which featured big-name acts such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye. In 1969, the station changed its call letters, to WFAN-TV (the WFAN call letters are now used on a radio station at 660 AM in New York City). From 1968 to 1972, channel 14 was the sister station to WMET (channel 24) in Baltimore, Maryland. Both stations were owned by United Broadcasting.
On February 12, 1972, channel 14 went dark after accumulating financial difficulties. Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, channel 14 was used to relay public channel 53 WNVT to the Washington, D.C. market, and occasionally served as a low-power Univision affiliate.
WFDC station history
A new station on channel 14 signed on as WTMW on August 3, 1993; the call letters came from the initials of the station's owner, Theodore M. White. From 1997 to May 1999, WTMW aired programming from America's Store, a discount shopping channel operated by the Home Shopping Network.
In May 1999, WTMW began airing the new Military Channel (not related to the present-day cable channel of the same name owned by Discovery Communications). After the Military Channel stopped broadcasting one month later, channel 14 aired programming from the Panda Shopping Network. Channel 14 became an affiliate of the American Independent Network in December 1999, which primarily broadcast reruns of old sitcoms and infomercials. The channel changed affiliations again in January 2001, when it became an affiliate of the Renaissance Network.
None of these formats were financially viable and in November 2001, Theodore M. White sold the station to Univision Communications and its call letters were changed to WFDC. Univision already had a Washington affiliate on channel 47, WMDO-CA (that station's owner, Entravision Communications, would take over WFDC through a local marketing agreement), so WFDC instead became one of the first flagship stations of their new network TeleFutura. The network was created to directly compete with Telemundo for the Latino American demographic, since Univision is more Mexican-oriented. Telefutura first broadcast on January 14, 2002 and channel 14 has done better financially since then.
On January 1, 2006, WFDC and WMDO swapped network affiliations: WFDC affiliated with Univision, while WMDO took the TeleFutura affiliation.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|14.1||1080i||16:9||WFDC-DT||Main WFDC-DT programming / Univision|
Like all of the DC-area Mobile DTV broadcasters, WFDC-DT commenced ATSC-M/H broadcasting on February 27, 2011. WFDC-DT also has a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 14.1, labelled "Univision", with two encrypted video feeds of E! (14.2) and the Food Network (14.3), broadcasting at 5.5 Mbit/s. This is tied with WDCA-TV for the highest bit rate of any DC-area television station mobile feed.
WFDC is now broadcasting on channel 14.1, however, viewers in large portions of Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland now report the inability to view WFDC's programming, as opposed to the situation prior to WFDC shutting down its analog signal. Additionally, it is unknown why WFDC's management refuses to broadcast its sister station WMDO-CA on channel 14.2. WMDO did start transmitting a digital signal on VHF channel 8 in the summer of 2009, however, the signal is also barely viewable within the Washington, D.C. city limits, and not viewable in the outer suburbs.
On June 12, 2009, WFDC terminated its analog signal, on UHF channel 14, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WFDC's virtual channel as 14.
- WFDC-DT / WMDO-CA website
- Univision website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WFDC
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WFDC-DT