WVXF

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WVXF
WVXF 17.2
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 17
BrandingThis Caribbean (on DT1)
Fox U.S. Virgin Islands (on DT2)
Programming
Affiliations17.1: This TV (2009–2011, 2014–present)
17.2: Fox
Ownership
OwnerCaribbean Broadcasting Network, LLC
WVGN-LD
WSJP-LD
History
First air date
1999; 22 years ago (1999)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
17 (UHF, 1999–2009)
Analog/DT1:
CBS (1999–2009)
Live Well Network (2011–2014)
Call sign meaning
Virgin Islands FoX
(transposed, as a backronym)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID3113
ERP4.2 kW
HAAT454 m (1,490 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°21′19″N 64°56′49″W / 18.35528°N 64.94694°W / 18.35528; -64.94694
Translator(s)WSJP-LD 30.4 Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
(rebroadcasts WVXF-DT1)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebsiteDT1: www.thistv.com
DT2: www.foxtvusvi.com

WVXF, virtual and UHF digital channel 17, is a dual This TV/Fox-affiliated television station serving the United States Virgin Islands that is licensed to Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas. Owned by Caribbean Broadcasting Network, it is a sister station to low-powered NBC affiliate WVGN-LD (channel 19). WVXF's transmitter is located on Signal Hill.

The station broadcasts Fox programming in high definition on its second digital subchannel, with This TV on the main channel in standard definition; this is a quirk of the Fox subchannel's former analog home of WEON-LP, which had a high definition simulcast placed on WVXF-DT2 until the station went dark in order to consolidate Caribbean Broadcasting Network's Virgin Islands operations onto WVXF.

Viya Cable carries WVXF-DT2 on channel 6, and WVXF-DT1 on channel 9. WVXF is also available in Puerto Rico on Liberty Cablevision, and as part of the Puerto Rico locals package on Dish Network.

History[edit]

WVXF signed on in 1999 as a CBS affiliate. Prior to WVXF's sign-on, CBS programming was seen on Charlotte Amalie's WBNB-TV (channel 10). However, that station went dark permanently following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, when its transmitter was destroyed and the cash-strapped Benedek Broadcasting (owner of several network affiliates in small and mid-sized markets on the mainland) could not afford to rebuild; Benedek retained that station's license until 1995, when it was surrendered on grounds of abandonment. Starting in 1990, CBS service was only available by satellite via network flagship WCBS-TV (from New York) and later Erie, Pennsylvania affiliate WSEE-TV (which became available on the Primetime 24 package in 1997); the latter is currently carried by most cable and satellite providers in the Caribbean.

On July 1, 2009, shortly after the digital television transition, WVXF switched affiliations, from CBS to This TV. Since July 13, CBS programming is available on TV2. In preparation, DirecTV and Dish Network dropped WVXF in favor of WSEE-TV shortly before the affiliation change (the station has since returned to Dish Network).

In January 2010, WVXF rebranded as EFN Caribbean, adding some syndicated shows and a local fashion-oriented program, Fashion Today, to its This TV programming.[1] The station relaunched once more on May 1, 2011, joining Disney-ABC's Live Well Network as its first primary-channel affiliate, along with giving WEON's Fox feed a high definition home on the second subchannel, which eventually became its sole channel when WEON-LP went dark on December 31, 2011.[2] In late 2014, WVXF-DT1 reverted to This TV, ahead of Live Well ending national distribution in April 2015.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
17.1 480i 4:3 WVXF-D1 Main WVXF programming / This TV
17.2 720p 16:9 WVXF-D2 Fox U.S. Virgin Islands

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CBN focuses WVXF on fashion, entertainment programming". Puerto Rico Daily Sun. January 20, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Local TV Station WVXF-Caribbean Brings a New Network to the Market". St. Thomas Source. April 28, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WVXF

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