WPXM-TV

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WPXM-TV
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
United States
City Miami, Florida
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
Subchannels 35.1 - Ion HD (720p)
35.2 - qubo (480i)
35.3 - Ion Life (480i)
35.4 - Ion Shop (480i)
35.5 - QVC
35.6 - HSN
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
First air date October 1992; 24 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 200 kW
Height 282 m
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 located in Miami, Florida, United States. The station is 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.

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 TV station of the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins), the baseball team that won the World Series in 1997 and 2003. 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

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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.[3] 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. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXM
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. [permanent dead link]

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