KOPX-TV

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KOPX-TV
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
Affiliations
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Oklahoma City License, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 16, 1996 (23 years ago) (1996-03-16)
Call letters' meaningOklahoma's PaX TV
Sister station(s)KTPX-TV
Former callsignsKMNZ (1996–1998)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
62 (UHF, 1996–2009)
Digital:
50 (UHF, 2002–2019)
Former affiliationsinTV (1996–1998)
Transmitter power200 kW
Height467.3 m (1,533 ft)
Facility ID2566
Transmitter coordinates35°34′7″N 97°29′21″W / 35.56861°N 97.48917°W / 35.56861; -97.48917Coordinates: 35°34′7″N 97°29′21″W / 35.56861°N 97.48917°W / 35.56861; -97.48917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websiteiontelevision.com

KOPX-TV, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 18), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. KOPX-TV's offices are located on Railway Drive in north Oklahoma City, and its transmitter is located near 122nd Street on the city's northeast side. On cable, KOPX is available on Cox Communications channel 17 in standard definition and digital channel 706 in high definition, and also carried by AT&T U-verse on channel 62 in standard definition.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on March 16, 1996 as KMNZ; it originally operated as an affiliate of InTV, a network operated by Paxson Communications (the forerunner of Ion Media Networks) that specialized in paid programming. On August 31, 1998, KOPX became a charter station of the family-oriented Pax TV network (later formatted as a general entertainment service as i: Independent Television, now Ion Television), with programming from Christian television network The Worship Network airing during the overnight hours.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
62.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
62.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
62.3 IONLife Ion Life
62.4 Shop Ion Shop
62.5 QVC QVC
62.6 HSN HSN

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Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KOPX-TV began transmitting a digital television signal on UHF channel 50 on November 1, 2002. The station discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50, using PSIP to display KOPX-TV's virtual channel as 62 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

As a part of the repacking process following the 2016–2017 FCC incentive auction, KOPX-TV will relocate to UHF channel 18 by 2020, using PSIP to display its virtual channel number as 62.[3]

Newscasts[edit]

In November 2002, in relation to agreements between Pax TV and several major network affiliates (most of which were affiliated with NBC, which held a minority interest in Pax), KOPX began airing tape delayed rebroadcasts of morning and late evening newscasts from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV (channel 4). The 6 a.m. hour of the morning newscast aired on a one-hour tape delay (at 7 a.m.), while the 10 p.m. newscast aired on a half-hour delay (at 10:30 p.m.), with the latter beginning shortly before the live 10 p.m. newscast on KFOR-TV ended.[4] The news share agreement ended on June 30, 2005 (coinciding with Pax's rebranding as i: Independent Television), due to Paxson Communications' decision to discontinue carriage of network affiliate newscasts as a result of Pax's financial troubles.

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