WPXW-TV

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WPXW-TV
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.
United States
City Manassas, Virginia
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
(to move to 35 (UHF))
Virtual: 66 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Translators WWPX-TV 60 (12 VHF) Martinsburg, WV
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Washington License, Inc.)
First air date March 26, 1978 (40 years ago) (1978-03-26)
Call letters' meaning PaX Washington, D.C.
Sister station(s) WWPX-TV
Former callsigns WTKK (1978–1994)
WVVI (1994–1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (UHF, 1978–2009)
Former affiliations Religious Ind. (1978–1994)
ValueVision (1994–1997)
inTV (1997–1998)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 258 m (846 ft)
Facility ID 74091
Transmitter coordinates 38°57′01″N 77°04′47″W / 38.95028°N 77.07972°W / 38.95028; -77.07972Coordinates: 38°57′01″N 77°04′47″W / 38.95028°N 77.07972°W / 38.95028; -77.07972
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WPXW-TV, virtual channel 66 (UHF digital channel 34), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia, that is licensed to nearby Manassas, Virginia. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). WPXW's studios are located in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and its transmitter is located in the tower complex near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and 41st Street NW in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington.

On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 33 in Washington, D.C., Cox Communications channel 15 in Fairfax County, Virginia, and channel 16 or 17 on most other systems in the market.

WWPX-TV (channel 60) in Martinsburg, West Virginia, serves as a full-time satellite of WPXW.

History[edit]

Channel 66 signed on as WTKK, an independent religious station, in 1978. The call letters stood for Witnessing The King of Kings. In 1982 they added some classic sitcoms and very old movies to the lineup but by 1986 they reverted to mostly religious. In 1994, the station was purchased by ValueVision, a home shopping network, and on June 6, 1994, the call letters were changed to WVVI. Paxson Communications purchased the station in 1997 and on January 13, 1998, the call letters were changed to the current WPXW. The station was an all-infomercial channel ("inTV") from the time that Paxson bought the station until the Pax network launched on August 31, 1998. The station had the rights to the 2005 season of Baltimore Orioles games in the Washington area that were produced by MASN. It was formerly known as Pax 66, before the Pax network changed its name to i: Independent Television and later Ion Television.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
66.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
66.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
66.3 IONLife Ion Life
66.4 Shop Ion Shop
66.5 QVC QVC
66.6 HSN HSN

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Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPXW-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 66, 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 34.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 66, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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