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Tijuana/Tecate, Baja California
San Diego, California
City of license Tecate, Baja California
Branding XDTV MyTV 13
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
MundoFox (DT2)
Owner Televisora Alco
(operated by Entravision Communications)
(Televisora Alco S. de RL de CV)
First air date November 1, 1999
Call letters' meaning High Definition TeleVision
(on-air branding: possible disambiguation of former sister station XETV-TV or
San Diego MyNetworkTV)
Sister station(s) KDTF-LD, KBNT-CD, XHAS-TDT
Former callsigns XHUPN-TV (1999-2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
49 (UHF, 1999–2013)
Former affiliations UPN (1999–2006)
Transmitter power 3881 kW (analog)
300 kW (digital)
Height 687 m
Transmitter coordinates 32°18′49″N 116°39′53″W / 32.31361°N 116.66472°W / 32.31361; -116.66472
Licensing authority IFT
Website www.mytv13.com

XHDTV-TDT is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Tijuana–San Diego international metropolitan area. Licensed to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 47 (virtual channel 49.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter southwest of Palm Valley, Baja California. Operated by Entravision Communications Corporation (with its license and transmitter owned by Mexican-based Televisora Alco), XHDTV is sister to Univision affiliate KBNT-CD, Telefutura affiliate KDTF-LD and Telemundo affiliate XHAS-TDT. All four stations share studios on Ruffin Road in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego, California, United States.

Known on-air as XDTV MyTV 13, the branding is derived as both a shortened form of the officially-licensed XHDTV callsign and from the station's cable channel position in the market on Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and AT&T U-verse. As well as Tijuana's Cablemas on channel 150.

As it is licensed by the Mexican government, XHDTV is not covered under the Federal Communications Commission's must carry rules. This means that XHDTV is the only full-power MyNetworkTV affiliate that local cable providers are not required to carry, even if the station requests to be carried under this provision. XHDTV-TDT is currently the only English-language commercial television station in the San Diego–Tijuana market that does not air locally-produced newscasts, either produced by the station itself or through one of the six news departments operated amongst the other full-power commercial English stations in the area.


XHDTV-TDT went on the air on November 1, 1999 as XHUPN-TV, operating in analog on channel 49. Operated as an English-language commercial station since its debut (the second such Baja California-licensed station in the San Diego–Tijuana market, after XETV-TV) and launched as a UPN affiliate, XHUPN brought that network's programming back to the market just over a year after the area's previous affiliate, KUSI-TV (channel 51), dropped its affiliation with the network and reverted to being an independent station in 1998. In the interim, UPN programming was brought in out-of-market from KCOP-TV in Los Angeles on San Diego area cable providers. When XHUPN went on the air, the station asked those cable providers to drop KCOP from their lineups; XHUPN adopted the "UPN 13" moniker thereafter. While XHUPN was the official callsign as licensed by the Federal Commission of Telecommunications, the station used the fictional callsign "XUPN" on-air.

On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that they would merge The WB and UPN into a single service called The CW Television Network. On that same date, The CW signed KSWB-TV (channel 69) as the network's San Diego charter affiliate as part of a ten-year affiliation agreement between the network and KSWB owner Tribune Broadcasting's 14 WB affiliates at the time.[1][2] After the merger was announced, XHUPN was expected to become an affiliate of Spanish-language network Telefutura, but on March 18, 2006, it was announced that XHUPN would instead become a charter affiliate of MyNetworkTV, another upstart network created by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of News Corporation.[3]

The station dropped all UPN references on-air soon after and simply called itself "Channel 13" and later "TV 13" (this same practice of stations dropping UPN branding following The CW announcement had become common on UPN affiliates owned by News Corporation's Fox Television Stations). Not long after XHUPN received the MyNetworkTV affiliation, the station changed its callsign to XHDTV-TV. UPN programming on XHDTV ended on September 4, with the exception of WWE SmackDown, which aired on late Friday evenings/early Saturday mornings after 12 a.m. for two weeks prior to The CW's launch.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
49.1 1080i 16:9 XHDTV Main XHDTV-TDT programming / MyNetworkTV
49.2 480i 4:3 MundoFox

XHDTV-TV became a charter affiliate of MundoFox, which launched on August 13, 2012 on 49.2.

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

In the Summer of 2011, XHDTV-TV began transmitting a digital signal on UHF channel 47, this signal re-maps on ATSC digital tuners in both countries as virtual channel 49.1 (reflecting its analog channel allocation) through PSIP. While the United States completed its transition to full-power digital television on June 12, 2009, Mexico is making the transition to digital-only television broadcasts over several years in order from the largest population centers to the smallest, the country's digital television transition expected to be completed by 2014. XHDTV-TV was required to shut down its analog signal on April 16, 2013, as all television stations in the Tijuana metropolitan area were required to go all-digital on that date.[4]


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