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Mexicali, Baja California
San Luis, Sonora
Yuma, Arizona
El Centro, California
City of license Mexicali, Baja California
Branding El Canal de las Noticias
(The News Channel)
Slogan Television sin fronteras
(Television without borders)
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 66 (PSIP)
Subchannels 66.1 Canal 66
66.2 Cadenatres
66.3 Canal 66 (Delayed)
66.4 Milenio Television
Translators K28FM 28, (Yuma, Arizona) (silent)
Affiliations cadenatres
Owner Intermedia de Mexicali
(Arnoldo Cabada de la O)
Founded 1997
First air date October 1998
Sister station(s) XHIJ-TV (Intermedia's Flagship station,
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua)
Former callsigns XHILA-TV (1998-2013)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (UHF, 1998-2013)
Former affiliations CNI (to 2005)
Transmitter power 107.490 kW (digital)
Website http://www.canal66.tv

XHILA-TDT is a full-service, Spanish-language, independent television station in Mexicali, Baja California. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 46, serving the Mexicali Valley and the southern Imperial Valley, including El Centro, California, and the Colorado River cities of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora and Yuma, Arizona. The station is also carried on the cable television systems of each of the four principal communities it serves.

Taking to air in October 1998, the station is owned by Intermedia de Mexicali, a subsidiary of the Ciudad Juárez-based Grupo Intermedia and is licensed to its President, Arnoldo Cabada de la O.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.

RF VC Video Aspect Television network Programming
46.1 66.1 1080i 16:9 Cadenatres Main XHILA-TDT Programming
46.2 66.2 480i 4:3 24-hour Cadenatres programming
46.3 66.3 2-hour delayed XHILA-TDT programming
46.4 66.4 Milenio Television News programming

Analog shutdown[edit]

By Mexican law, XHILA was required to turn off its analog signal on November 26, 2013 (later May 2014), but XHILA decided to turn off the signal by March 7, 2013, for unknown reasons. Cofetel approved XHILA's analog shutdown.[2][3]

On March 6, 2013 at 11:30 p.m., XHILA-TDT turned off its analog signal, making it the nation's first television station to switch to digital-only broadcasts.[citation needed]


XHILA's prior logo, used through 2008.

XHILA-TDT began with experimental broadcasts in 1997, then began broadcasting commercially in October 1998.[4] It has been owned since inception by Intermedia de Mexicali, airing independent programming during the day, and news from CNI at night. The station no longer airs CNI programming.

In 2008, XHILA became affiliated with Mexico's newest broadcast network, cadenatres. At the time, Yuma low-power television station K28FM was a repeater of XHILA, which, in effect, gave cadenatres its first American affiliate. K28FM is now silent.

History of K28FM[edit]

Previously, K28FM has been a stand-alone station, affiliated with Mas Musica, then a repeater for XHILA, then later, an affiliate of La Familia Network (LFN), a Spanish-language family-oriented broadcast television network. From late September 2006, the station was an affiliate of MTV Tr3s, a Latino-focused music channel. In February 2007, K28FM was an affiliate of Retro Television Network; the station would later switch to Retro Jams (a music video network), before returning to XHILA.

In September 2006, K28FM was identified as a "singleton applicant" for a companion digital LPTV signal on UHF channel 17 [1]. A singleton applicant is one whose application for a construction permit has no competition from nearby applications on the same or adjacent channels. As a singleton applicant, the station is likely to be granted a construction permit.


XHILA-TV targets both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. XHILA-TDT provides local information, news shows and variety programs for viewers along with a schedule of movies, comedies and programs of interest.


  • CadenaTres Noticias Weekdays 4:30AM - 6AM
  • Contacto Matutino Weekdays 6AM - 8:30AM
  • Contacto Vespertino Weekdays 6PM - 7PM
  • CadenaTres Noticias Weekdays 7PM - 8PM
  • Contacto Nocturno Weeknights 9:00PM – 10:00PM
  • Con Sentido Weeknights 10:00PM – 11:25PM


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TV. Last modified 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ Cofetel autoriza adelantar apagón a televisora en Mexicali Network54.com. February 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM, viewed in February 8, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.
  3. ^ Cofetel autoriza adelantar apagón a televisora en Mexicali Diario EL Universal Online, February 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM, viewed in February 8, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.
  4. ^ "Corporativo". Canal66.com.mx. Retrieved 2007-09-21. [dead link]

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