|Channels||Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
|Translators||WHDT-CD 44 (9.1) Miami
WYDT-CA 32 Naples
|First air date||May 25, 2000|
|Call letters' meaning||High Definition Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Digital: 59|
|Former affiliations||Deutsche Welle (2001-2011)
Retro Television Network (2010-2011)
|Transmitter power||700 kW|
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WHDT is an independent full service television station broadcasting in the West Palm Beach, Miami and Boston television markets. Founded May 25, 2000, the station is licensed to Stuart, Florida and is authorized to broadcast on RF channel 42 (virtual channel 9) from a 1,500-foot (460 m) tower in Wellington, Florida, and on RF channel 44 (virtual channel 9) from a 1,000-foot (300 m) tower in North Miami. The station's programming is available to 6 million viewers from South Beach to Sebastian, and to 2 million viewers in Boston via co-owned station WHDN-LD, which broadcasts on RF channel 38 (virtual channel 6) from the Government Center district in downtown Boston.
WHDT became the first digital television station in the United States following a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that the station could provide primary over-the-air service using only a digital TV signal. On June 1, 2001, the station conducted the first over-the-air broadcast using progressive HDTV format 720p/60 with custom-designed 24 mm frame-transfer cameras.
WHDT established the legal precedent requiring local cable TV systems to carry the primary programming of all digital television stations in both high definition format and in standard definition analog format. It is the first television station to have its high definition and standard definition signal carried on local cable TV under the FCC's digital "must-carry" rules.
WHDT was the first broadcast partner of the Deutsche Welle world television service. The station produces high definition content for syndication and for broadcast. Its programming includes: fashion and lifestyle, live evening news and weather, documentaries, indie films, classical music concerts, equestrian sports, automotive news and motorsport, aviation, fishing, cooking, travel and cultural shows. WHDT is one of six stations operated by WHDT World Television Service (DE), a business unit of Marksteiner AG.
Digital translator stations, WHDT-CD Miami and WHDN-LD Boston are notable because they are the first and second digital translators to be authorized by the FCC. WHDT-CD has a longer history than its full-power cousin. On September 21, 1987, the station was first licensed as W25AL. In 1989, it was moved to Coral Springs as W55BO where it functioned as a translator for CBS station WCIX in Miami. Ownership of the station was transferred to Günter Marksteiner in 1996. The station continued to carry a full schedule of CBS programming until 1997 when it was relocated to North Miami, Florida and began digital translator operations for WHDT-DT in December 2001.
In August 2010, WHDT made the claim of being the first high definition affiliate of the Retro Television Network. However, none of the network's classic television programming is aired in HD or remastered from film masters for HD presentation, and only current day programming such as outdoors and automotive programming from RTV sister network Tuff TV on weekends actually airs in HD.
On October 27, 2011, it was announced that WHDT would disaffiliate from RTV and would begin carrying programming from the WeatherNation television network effective the weekend of October 29.
On June 15, 2012, WHDT launched The Auto Channel Television Network (TACH-TV), a broadcast service dedicated to automobile enthusiasts. The service is broadcast daily from 12:00-6:00 and 8:00-11:00 p.m.
The station maintains a fully high definition schedule outside of paid programming. (12:00-6:00, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m.) WHDT carries a live segment from WeatherNation toward the end of its newscast during which time it displays the WN logo.
WHDT airs two full hours of news every day. WHDT 9 World News is seen every night for an hour at 6:00 pm and at 11:00 pm. The newscasts are produced by WHDT World Television Service in association with its subsidiary Next News Network with offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.. Newscasts feature local and national stories and an extended interview segment, a brief weather segment from The National Weather Service (NOAA) with the forecast for the West Palm Beach area, an entertainment segment Hollyscoop, and special reports from contributing editors. The broadcast is repeated at 11:00 p.m. The weekend edition is a compilation of notable weekday segments.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WHDT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WHDT-TV