|Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Branding||This Caribbean (on DT1)
Fox U.S. Virgin Islands (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||17.1 This TV
|Translators||WSJP-LD 18.4 Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (rebroadcasts WVXF-DT1)|
(Caribbean Broadcasting Network, LLC)
|First air date||1999|
|Call letters' meaning||backronym for Virgin Islands FoX|
|Former channel number(s)||17 (analog, 1999-2000, 2001-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Silent (1999-2001)
This TV (2009-2011)
Live Well Network (2011-2014)
|Transmitter power||4.2 kW|
WVXF, channel 17, is a Fox-affiliated, full service television station in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands transmitting over digital channel 17. The station is owned by LKK Group. The station broadcasts Fox in high definition on their DT2 subchannel, with This TV on the main channel in standard definition; it is unknown why this arrangement of their channel map is in place.
Innovative Cable Services carries WVXF-DT2 on channel 6, and WVXF-DT1 on channel 9. WVXF is also available in Puerto Rico on Choice Cable TV, Liberty Cablevision, and as part of the Puerto Rico locals package on Dish Network.
WVXF signed on in 1999 as a CBS affiliate. Prior to WVXF's sign-on, CBS programming was seen on Charlotte Amalie's WBNB-TV, channel 10. However, that station left the air for good following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, when its transmitter was destroyed and the cash-strapped Benedek Broadcasting (owner of several small- and mid-market network affiliates on the mainland) could not afford to rebuild. Between 1989 and 2001, CBS service was available via satellite from New York (WCBS-TV), Raleigh (WRAL-TV), and/or Erie (WSEE-TV).
On July 1, 2009, shortly after the digital television transition, WVXF switched affiliations, from CBS to This TV. Since July 13, CBS programming is available on TV2. In preparation, DirecTV and Dish Network dropped WVXF in favor of WSEE-TV shortly before the affiliation change (the station has since returned to Dish Network).
In January 2010, WVXF rebranded as "EFN Caribbean", adding some syndicated programing and a local fashion-oriented program, Fashion Today, to its This TV programming. The station relaunched once more on May 1, 2011, joining ABC's Live Well Network as its first primary-channel affiliate. In late 2014, WVXF reverted to This TV, as Live Well plans to shut down in 2015.
- "CBN focuses WVXF on fashion, entertainment programming". Puerto Rico Daily Sun. January 20, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- "Local TV Station WVXF-Caribbean Brings a New Network to the Market". St. Thomas Source. April 28, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- Official website
- Fox U
.S . Virgin Islands
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVXF
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVXF-TV
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