|Mexicali, Baja California
San Luis, Sonora
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
66.3 Canal 66 (Delayed)
66.4 Milenio Television
|Translators||K28FM 28, (Yuma, Arizona) (silent)|
|Owner||Intermedia de Mexicali
(Arnoldo Cabada de la O)
|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)
|Transmitter power||3334 kW|
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed.
|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|
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.
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.
XHILA-TDT began with experimental broadcasts in 1997, then began broadcasting commercially in October 1998. 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
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 . 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
- "Infraestructura de Estaciones de Televisión". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (México). 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Corporativo". Canal66.com.mx. Retrieved 2007-09-21.[dead link]