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|Boca Raton, Florida|
|Branding||Broward Education Communications Network|
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)|
Virtual: 63 (PSIP)
|Owner||Broward County Public Schools|
(The School Board of Broward County, Florida)
|First air date||mid-1970s (cable)|
|Call letters' meaning||Broward|
|Former callsigns||WPPB-TV (1986–2008)|
|Former channel number(s)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||285 m (935 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
WBEC-TV, virtual channel 63 (UHF digital channel 25), is an educational independent television station licensed to Boca Raton, Florida, United States. Owned by the Broward County Public Schools district, it is sister to student-run high school radio station WKPX (88.5 FM), which features an alternative music format and carries audio broadcasts of the school board's meetings. WBEC-TV's studios and transmitter are located in Davie, Florida. Although the station is based in Broward County, WBEC's city of license, Boca Raton, is located within Palm Beach County.
WBEC traces its history to the launch of Instructional Television of Broward County, Florida (ITV), a local educational cable channel that debuted in the mid-1970s. Some of the in-school programming that was produced by ITV were also distributed to PBS member stations and other educational television stations throughout Florida, especially as a benefit to those without cable television. In order to have unrestricted use of the Instructional Television Center, in 1984, the Broward County Public Schools district reimbursed the funds it had received from the Florida State Department of Education to establish the center. The center placed emphasis on the production and broadcast of instructional television programming, but it also produced television programs for the community that were carried by cable companies that provided broadcast time to the district.
In 1998, the channel was renamed as the Broward Education Communications Network (BECON); the district subsequently expanded to broadcast television after its purchased the license for WPPB-TV, which dates back to June 10, 1986; the station itself would not sign on the air, under the district's ownership, until 1999. On March 15, 2008, the station changed its call letters to WBEC-TV, to reflect its branding, Broward Education Communications.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|63.1||480i||4:3||WBEC-TV||Main WBEC-TV programming|
WBEC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 63, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 40. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 63, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WBEC
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.