WPXP-TV

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WPXP-TV
Lake Worth/West Palm Beach, Florida
United States
City Lake Worth, Florida
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 67 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O, 1998–present)
Owner Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media West Palm Beach License, Inc.)
First air date 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Call letters' meaning PaX West Palm Beach
Sister station(s) WPXM-TV, WXPX-TV, WOPX-TV, WPXC-TV
Former callsigns WHBI (unconstructed, 1987–1997)
Former channel number(s) 67 (UHF analog, 1998–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 385 m (1,263 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 27290
Transmitter coordinates 26°35′20″N 80°12′44″W / 26.58889°N 80.21222°W / 26.58889; -80.21222
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WPXP-TV is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Lake Worth, Florida, United States, serving the Gold and Treasure Coasts of South Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 36 (or virtual channel 67 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Greenacres, Florida. The station is owned by West Palm Beach-based Ion Media Networks, and shares a sales office with Miami-licensed sister station WPXM-TV (channel 35) on Northeast 20th Avenue in North Miami.[1] On cable, the station can be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 8 (in Martin, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, and southern St. Lucie counties) and channel 7 (in Indian River and northern St. Lucie counties), and in high definition on digital channel 439.

As it is the Ion station for West Palm Beach, where Ion's headquarters are located, it can be considered one of the network's flagship stations, though it has never originated any content for the national network, either as Pax TV, i, or Ion Television.

History[edit]

The first application for the station was made in 1984, and the WHBI callsign was assigned in June 1987 until the end of 1997. In January 1998, it finally went on-air after more than a decade of modified and expired construction permits, and took its present call letters upon joining the erstwhile Pax TV network.[2] All applications prior to 2003 were by Hispanic Broadcasting, Inc., before becoming Paxson West Palm Beach Licanse, Inc. (a holding company, which is common in broadcasting), though there was no application listed to assign the station to another licensee.

WPXP and sister station WPXM carried Florida Marlins baseball games from 2002 to 2005.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
67.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
67.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
67.3 IONLife Ion Life
67.4 Shop Ion Shop
67.5 QVC QVC
67.6 HSN HSN

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Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPXP-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 67, 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 (sister station WPXM opted to do so on the original transition date of February 17). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 67, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

WPXP's digital signal has a much greater broadcast range than its now-defunct channel 67 analog signal. The analog transmitter was located within the western part of the city of West Palm Beach, and had a service contour that reached as far north as Port St. Lucie and as far south as Pompano Beach (immediately north of Fort Lauderdale). The digital transmitter is west-southwest of Lake Worth, and its service contour reaches as far north as Okeechobee and Fort Pierce, and far south as Kendale Lakes, including all of Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin counties; and northeast Miami-Dade, eastern Hendry, and southern/central St. Lucie counties.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WPXP Station Information
  2. ^ "Stations change call letters to reflect Paxson affiliation". The Miami Herald. 1998-01-13. 
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXP
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.