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Monterrey, Nuevo León
CityMonterrey, Nuevo León
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
BrandingCanal 8 Televisa Monterrey
AffiliationsTelevisa Regional (1988-present; full time from 2006 until 2016)
FOROtv (to fall 2016, 2016-2018; secondary)
(Televisora de Occidente, S.A. de C.V.)
FoundedOctober 25, 1988; 32 years ago (1988-10-25)
First air date
October 25, 1988; 32 years ago (1988-10-25)
Former call signs
XHCNL-TV (1988-2015)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 34 (UHF, 1988-2015)
Digital: 48 (UHF, to 2017)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP, 2013-2017)
Call sign meaning
Cadereyta Nuevo León
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID(FCC) 704795
ERP200 kW[1]
HAAT1184 m
Transmitter coordinates25°37′57″N 100°14′05″W / 25.63250°N 100.23472°W / 25.63250; -100.23472

XHCNL-TDT is a Televisa owned and operated television station in Monterrey, Nuevo León, broadcasting on virtual channel 8. Their signal is also available on SKY Mexico satellite system, on channel 152.


XHCNL came to air in the late 1980s as an oddity in a large concession primarily awarded to expand Televisa's reach in rural areas. In the mid-1990s, it raised its power and became known as "Tu Objetivo Visual", carrying some local programs. In 2006, a swap between XEFB and XHCNL resulted in XHCNL becoming Televisa Monterrey (or Monterrey Televisión), the local station for Monterrey with news and local productions. It also picked up XEFB's translator in Saltillo, Coahuila. On October 27, 2016, the change was reversed, with local programs moving to XEFB (now on virtual channel 4) and Teleactiva moving to channel 34.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal currently features two subchannels:[2]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 1080i 16:9 XHCNL Main XHCNL programming Canal 8 Televisa Monterrey
8.2 480i 16:9 XHCNL CV Shopping

On September 24, 2015, XHCNL shut off its analog signal; its digital signal on UHF channel 48 remained.[3]

In 2017, XHCNL moved from physical channel 48 to its former analog channel 34 in order to clear the 600 MHz band for mobile services.[4]

On December 23, 2017, XHCNL changed virtual channels from 34 to 8.[5] In 2016, XHCNL added a shopping channel partly owned by Televisa, CJ Grand Shopping, on its second digital subchannel; the channel was removed in March 2019 after Televisa divested its 50% stake in the channel in 2018.[6] In June, a new CV Shopping channel wholly owned by Televisa was added to XHCNL's second subchannel.


Two repeaters provide fill-in coverage in the Monterrey metropolitan area:

RF Location ERP
34 Col. Country
Cerro El Mirador
1 kW[7]
34 General Escobedo .220 kW[8]


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2015-08-26. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  2. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Autorizaciones de Acceso a Multiprogramación. Last modified 22 December 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ IFT: El 24 de septiembre concluirán las señales de televisión analógica en diferentes localidades de cuatro estados
  4. ^ Relocation of XHCNL-TDT RF 48 to 34
  5. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Canales Virtuales. Last modified 26 February 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ Reuters (13 March 2018). "Televisa vende su 50% en canal de compras Televisa CJ Grand". El Economista. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ RPC: #030628 Shadow XHCNL Col. Country, Monterrey (repack)
  8. ^ RPC: #030131 Shadow XHCNL General Escobedo

Coordinates: 25°37′52″N 100°14′04″W / 25.63111°N 100.23444°W / 25.63111; -100.23444