KOPX-TV

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KOPX-TV
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerIon Media Networks
(sale to the E. W. Scripps Company pending; to be resold to INYO Broadcast Holdings thereafter)
(Ion Media Oklahoma City License, Inc.)
KTPX-TV
History
First air date
March 16, 1996 (24 years ago) (1996-03-16)
Former call signs
KMNZ (1996–1998)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
62 (UHF, 1996–2009)
Digital:
50 (UHF, 2002–2019)
inTV (1996–1998)
Call sign meaning
Oklahoma's PaX TV
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID2566
ERP200 kW
HAAT467.3 m (1,533 ft)
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
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websiteiontelevision.com

KOPX-TV, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 18), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by West Palm Beach, Florida-based Ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). 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, the station is available on Cox Communications channel 17 in both standard and 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 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 Programming
62.1 720p 16:9 ION Main Ion Television programming
62.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
62.3 IONPlus Ion Plus
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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