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Edison, New Jersey
United States
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Affiliations Independent
Owner LocusPoint Networks
(LocusPoint WDVB Licensee, LLC)
Founded March 12, 1999
Call letters' meaning W
(referring to owner)
Former callsigns W36AS (1999–2005)
W39CQ (Jan.–Feb. 2005)
WDVB-CA (2005–2013)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
39 (UHF, 1999–2013)
Former affiliations Independent/translator (1999–2004)
ImaginAsian (2004–2010)
Transmitter power 7 kW
Facility ID 168834
Transmitter coordinates 40°44′54″N 73°59′10″W / 40.74833°N 73.98611°W / 40.74833; -73.98611

WDVB-CD is a low-power television station officially in Edison, New Jersey. It mainly serves the New York City area, broadcasting on channel 23 from a transmitter located at the Empire State Building. The station is owned by LocusPoint Networks.


Logo for WDVB-CA while on channel 39

This station signed on over UHF channel 36 with the alpha-numeric call-sign W36AS on March 12, 1999. The station, officially a translator, aired independent programming. In 2004, it became an affiliate of ImaginAsian and dropped the independent format. On January 4, 2005, the station vacated channel 36 to avoid causing interference to full-power WNJU Linden, which was assigned channel 36 for its DTV operations. The station moved to channel 39, and was assigned alpha-numeric call sign W39CQ. The station requested and was granted Class A status. On February 16, 2005, the call sign was changed to WDVB-CA. In early 2010, ImaginAsian was dropped. With no programming immediately available to replace it, WDVB-CA was only airing a color bars test pattern.

In March 2013, WDVB's class A status was moved from the analog station to the digital station (which became WDVB-CD), and the analog license was turned in;[1] this analog signal had left the air for technical reasons on February 9.[2] Shortly afterward, Edison Broadcasting filed to sell the station to LocusPoint Networks.[3] The sale closed on August 19, 2013.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital Channels[edit]

Channel Name Video Aspect Programming
23.1 23.1 480i 4:3 TCN
23.2 23.2 Soul of the South
23.3 23.3 Silent
23.4 23.4 Sonlife

On December 30, 2010, WDVB-LD was signed on over RF channel 23. Since its inception, the station has been broadcasting 75% split field color bars with no aural tone identically on each of its four 704h × 480v SD sub-channels.

Small font black text appears in the center of the test pattern which reads as follows: Line 1: "TV 23", Line 2: "WDVB-LD", Line 3: "EDISON, NJ", Line 4: "NY,NY".

On April 1, 2011, the test patterns on all four sub-channels were changed to EBU Color Bars with an audible tone on 23-1. This is the first time audio is transmitted on WDVB-LD.

On April 4, 2011, WDVB-LD added Mexicanal Network on 23-2. This is the first actual programming to appear on the channel since its December 2010 inception. Mexicanal Network is a Mexican-based television network launched in 2005 and serves Mexicans living and working in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The station's programming lineup features a dynamic range of Spanish-language content encompassing news, cultural programming, culturally relevant programs, sports and popular entertainment from public broadcasters, independent producers and local access stations throughout Mexico.

Mexicanal Network is also shown on 23-1, however there is no audio, and the call-sign exactly as described above for the test-pattern appears centered over the screen.

As of April 9, 2011, WDVB-LD was planning to add SAB TV. A "Coming Soon" preview featuring various shows on SAB TV's lineup was looping on 23-3. There was intermittent audio, however, and a bottom-screen crawl reads, "Coming soon on CH. 23.5". WDVB-LD only has four sub-channels, none of which are 23-5. SAB TV is an Indian general entertainment television channel owned by Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd and based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was launched on April 23, 2000 by Sri Adhikari Brothers as a general entertainment channel. in June 2008, the channels programming fare consisted mainly of comedy-centric shows along with a few drama shows.

On April 18, 2011, WDVB-LD remapped 23-3 to 23-5, and 23-4 to 23-6. The looping SAB TV preview continues to run on 23-3, which now displays as 23-5. The EBU test pattern with no audible tone remains on 23-4, which displays as 23-6.

In Summer 2011, SAB TV was launched on WDVB-LD. PSIP TVCT (terrestrial virtual channel table) stops being transmitted causing each of the four sub-channels to display their actual RF assignment without channel names.

MATV (Midlands Asian Television) was launched on 23-4. MATV is a specialist Asian content TV channel based in Wembley, England featuring Indian programming in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Punjabi. The channel was affiliated with SAB TV when it launched on 15 September 2003, however SAB TV was taken over in India, and the UK branch of SAB TV (located in Wembley) became known as MATV National.

On January 11, 2012, WDVB-LD implemented specific channel name information into its TVCT PSIP for the streams on 23-2 through 23-4 for the first time. Prior to this, all the fields were left blank, and when the station was launched in late 2010, all fields read "WDVB-LD"

On March 19, 2012, the station was granted Class A status. The call-sign is now WDVB-CA/WDVB-CD Edison.

Before April 26, 2012, 23.1 was a duplicate of 23.2 (Mexicanal). 23.1 was a placeholder with the duplicated channel with the legal station ID situated in the center screen and no audio except for EAS messages. TVC Latino was launched over 23.1 on April 26 at 6 pm Eastern.

On May 1, 2012, 23.3 - YFN-TV was on the air in place of Mexicanal as of midnight. It is owned by Sparrow Broadcasting. Its President was Matthew Ray Hendrickson and its General Manager Joseph Venneri, an original band member of "The Tokens" hit group.

Around May 10, 2012, the PSIP TVCT channel names were altered to reflect the channel position of each stream (i.e., Channel 23-1 is known as "23.1"). Soy Latino TV was added to 23-2. Mexicanal was displaced from 23-2 to 23-3. Sony SAB TV was displaced from 23-3 to 23-4. MATV, which had been available on 23-4, is no longer carried.

In 2014, 23.2 became affiliate with Soul of the South Network and the American Sports Network. 23.2 is carried on Verizon FiOS ch. 477.


  1. ^ "Re: LPTV Facility WDVB-CA … Surrender of Analog License for Cancellation" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seyler, Dave (March 18, 2013). "LocusPoint Class A spending spree continues". Television Business Report. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]

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