XEQ-TDT

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XEQ-TDT
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Mexico City, Mexico
Branding Gala TV
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Affiliations Gala TV
Owner Televisa
Founded January 25, 1969; 47 years ago (1969-01-25)
Call letters' meaning comes from the radio station, XEQ-AM
Former callsigns XHTM-TV (1968-1985)
Former channel number(s) 8 (1968-1985) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1969–2015)
Transmitter power 270 kW (Mexico City digital)
200 kW (Toluca digital)
Licensing authority IFT

XEQ-TDT (channel 44, virtual channel 9) is a Televisa TV station, based in Mexico, Distrito Federal. XEQ is the flagship television station of the Gala TV network.

History[edit]

XEQ was founded in 1968, as XHTM-TV channel 8 operated by Televisión Independiente de México (TIM). TIM was headquartered at Estudios San Angel Inn from the time it signed on.[1] In January 1973, TIM merged with Telesistema Mexicano becoming Televisión Vía Satélite, better known as Televisa. TIM's Mexico City headquarters and production center became Televisa San Angel, which along with Televisa's original Chapultepec facility, is one of the network's two primary Mexico City studios.

In 1985, Imevisión desired to add a VHF station in Mexico City, which became XHIMT-TV channel 7. In order to accomplish this, a complex channel swap was conducted involving XHTM and Televisa's relay stations at Altzomoni in the State of Mexico. XEX-TV, then on channel 7, was moved to 8, and XEQ-TV, then on 9, was moved to channel 10. As part of the move, Televisa moved the XEQ-TV callsign to Mexico City, so the two repeaters on Puebla became XEX-TV and XHTM-TV.

For much of the 1980s, Televisa devoted channel 9 to noncommercial cultural and educational programming. This ended in 1992 with XEQ-TV becoming a commercially operated concession.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
9.1 1080i 16:9 XEQ-HD Main XEQ-TDT programming / Gala TV

Toluca[edit]

A major repeater of XEQ is located in Toluca, Estado de México, broadcasting from Cerro Jocotitlán on digital channel 44 (virtual channel 8) with 200 kW ERP.[2] It is among the most powerful repeaters of its type in the country.

The Toluca station carries certain local programs and is known as Gala TV Estado de México. Local programming on channel 8 Toluca began in 2002.

Both XEQ stations went digital-only on December 17, 2015, the date set for stations in both Toluca and Mexico City.

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