WPXW-TV

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WPXW-TV
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.
United States
CityManassas, Virginia
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
(to move to 35 (UHF))
Virtual: 66 (PSIP)
TranslatorsWWPX-TV 60 (12 VHF) Martinsburg, WV
Affiliations
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Washington License, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 26, 1978 (41 years ago) (1978-03-26)
Call letters' meaningPaX Washington, D.C.
Sister station(s)WWPX-TV
Former callsignsWTKK (1978–1994)
WVVI (1994–1998)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
66 (UHF, 1978–2009)
Former affiliationsReligious Ind. (1978–1994)
ValueVision (1994–1997)
inTV (1997–1998)
Transmitter power1000 kW
949 kW (application)
Height258 m (846 ft)
234.1 m (768 ft) (application)
Facility ID74091
Transmitter coordinates38°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
38°57′49.9″N 77°6′17.2″W / 38.963861°N 77.104778°W / 38.963861; -77.104778 (application)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websiteiontelevision.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 owned by National Capital Christian Broadcasting, 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. From 1984 until 1986, WTKK had a sister station in Richmond, WTLL. In 1994, WTKK 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]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

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 Plus
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 August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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