WPXM-TV

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WPXM-TV
MiamiFort Lauderdale, Florida
United States
City Miami, Florida
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
(to move to 21 (UHF))
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O, 1998–present)
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
First air date October 1992; 25 years ago (1992-10)[1]
Call letters' meaning PaX Miami
Former callsigns WMLB-TV (1992)
WDLP-TV (1993)
WCTD (1993–1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
35 (UHF, 1992–2009)
Digital:
26 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1992–1998)
inTV (1998)
Transmitter power 242 kW
96 kW (CP)
Height 282 m (925 ft)
279 m (915 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 48608
Transmitter coordinates 25°59′10.0″N 80°11′36.3″W / 25.986111°N 80.193417°W / 25.986111; -80.193417Coordinates: 25°59′10.0″N 80°11′36.3″W / 25.986111°N 80.193417°W / 25.986111; -80.193417
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WPXM-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 35, is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Miami, Florida, United States and also serving Fort Lauderdale. Owned by Ion Media Networks, WPXM maintains offices and master control facilities located on Northwest 14th Street in Sunrise, and its transmitter is located on Southwest 27th Street in West Park. It also shares a sales office with Lake Worth-licensed sister station WPXP-TV (serving the West Palm Beach market) on Northeast 20th Avenue in North Miami.[2] On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channels 16 (standard definition) and 437 (high definition).

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in October 1992 as WMLB-TV. Originally operating as an independent station, the station changed its call letters to WDLP-TV in 1993, before changing it again to WCTD several months later. Channel 35 was acquired by Paxson Communications (the forerunner of Ion Media Networks) in 1997. Shortly after the sale was finalized, the station became an affiliate of the Infomail TV Network (inTV), which carried an infomercial format. On August 31, 1998, the station's call letters were changed to WPXM-TV; that same date, the station became a charter owned-and-operated station of Pax TV (now Ion Television).

From 2002 through the 2005 season, WPXM was the flagship broadcast station of the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins). It also aired on sister station WPXP in West Palm Beach.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
35.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
35.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
35.3 IONLife Ion Life
35.4 Shop Ion Shop
35.5 QVC QVC
35.6 HSN HSN

[3]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPXM-TV ended programming on its analog signal, on UHF channel 35, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). On February 18, the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 26 to channel 35.[4] WPXM was the only Miami-licensed station that applied to cease analog transmissions on the original transition date, despite the DTV Delay Act having extended the deadline to June 12. WPXM elected to use UHF channel 35 as its post-transition allocation during the first round of the digital channel elections, and was allowed to keep the allocation despite a conflict with another station.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 15, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 25.
  2. ^ WPXM Station Information
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXM
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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