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Mexico City, Mexico
Branding Azteca Trece
Slogan Azteca trece, contigo (Azteca thirteen, with you)
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 1 (PSIP)
Affiliations Azteca Trece
Owner TV Azteca
(Televisión Azteca, S.A. de C.V.)
Founded September 1, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-01)
Call letters' meaning XH Distrito Federal
Sister station(s) XHIMT-TDT, XHTVM-TDT, Az Noticias
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1968-2015)
25 (UHF, 2007-2015)
13 (PSIP, 2007-2016)
Former affiliations Independent (1968-1983)
Imevisión (1983-1993)
Transmitter power 468.030 kW (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates 19°31′57.50″N 99°07′49.70″W / 19.5326389°N 99.1304722°W / 19.5326389; -99.1304722
Licensing authority IFT
Website www.tvazteca.com.mx

XHDF-TDT (physical channel 25), (Virtual channel 1) is the over the air Azteca 13 network flagship station in Mexico City. Azteca 13 can be seen in most major cities in Mexico through TV Azteca's owned-and-operated transmitter network. XHDF provides HD programming to affiliates and cable and satellite viewers. Azteca 13 can also be seen on DirecTV in both Latin America and the United States. Azteca 13 also provides the United States Azteca America network with programming which sometimes can be seen simultaneously.

Digital television[edit]

Digital subchannels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Callsign Network Programming
1.1 1080i 16:9 XHDF-HD Azteca Trece Main XHDF-TDT Programming / Azteca 13
1.2 480i 4:3 AZT13-1 Azteca Trece -1Hr Azteca 13 with a 1-hour delay

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

XHDF-TV and other television stations in Mexico City was discontinued regular programming on its analog signals, over UHF channel 13, on December 17, 2015, at 12:00 a.m., as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 25, using PSIP to display XHIMT's virtual channel as 13 on digital television receivers, but, In October 2016, the Azteca 13 network nationwide moved from virtual channel 13 to 1, with even the Mexico City station abandoning its longtime channel 13.


XHDF started as an independent broadcaster in September 1, 1968 Transmitting the Fourth Report of Government of the Mexican president Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, although its first transmissions were given the 12 of October of that year, with the inauguration of the Olympic Games of Mexico 1968. The concession of a new channel, the 13 of the City of Mexico - that would take by indicative XHDF-TV, the founder of Central Radio Group, Francisco Aguirre Jiménez, that, for purposes of operation of the channel, Formed the private company Corporación Mexicana de Radio y Televisión SA Of C.V. In 1983 it became one of three stations originally owned and operated by the newly formed Imevisión, the Mexican public broadcaster (XHIMT-TV and XEIMT-TV were the others).

The studies of the new channel were established in the Latin American Tower, the same site where its diffuser antenna was located; Its offices and an auxiliary study were in the street Mina of the colony Historic Center of the Mexico City.


In 1972, due to debts owed to the Sociedad Mexicana de Crédito Industrial (SOMEX), a state-owned company, after it was expropriated. 100% of the channel's shares went to the Federal Government, headed by Luis Echeverría Álvarez.

The first director of Channel 13 was Antonio Menéndez González, and after his death he was succeeded by Enrique González Pedrero, senator of the state of Tabasco by the (PRI).

The new facilities of Canal 13, located in the Ajusco area, were inaugurated on July 14, 1976 by Luis Echeverría, head of the federal executive branch. The event was attended by various figures from the political and business sectors of the country, including the Secretary of the Interior Mario Moya Palencia and the secretary of communications and transport Eugenio Méndez Docurro, as well as Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, Romulo O'Farrill and Miguel Aleman Velasco, who served as directors of the private television Televisa.

In 1982, next to Canal 22(Mexico), was integrated to Mexican Institute of Television. For 1985, the quoted state agency adopted the acronym Imevisión.

During the administration of IMEVISION, the channel continues with commercial programming, although some programs that broadcast certain cultural contents such as Temas de Garibay, Entre Amigos with Alejandro Aura and several programs with the journalist Jorge Saldaña.


In 1993, the administration of Carlos Salinas de Gortari issued an auction for the acquisition of the television station Imevisión. The winner of it was Ricardo Salinas Pliego, and XHDF, XHIMT became part of the new commercial Grupo Salinas, when the Mexican government dissolved Imevisión and sold most of its assets. owner of the retailers of appliances Elektra, and TV Azteca is born.

Renewal in general direction in 2015[edit]

In October 2015, Benjamín Salinas Sada reached the general direction of Televisión Azteca, which has implemented a renovation plan for all channels of the television, for example, an austerity plan, which ended with the division of Azteca Novelas, and various programming and image changes.

Azteca 13 Internacional[edit]

The network also operates an international version of XHDF, Azteca 13 Internacional, reaching 13 countries in Central and South America. On July 15, 2004, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied a request for Azteca 13 Internacional to be broadcast via digital cable and satellite. However, a second subsequent request was approved on January 20, 2006. The channel is available in Canada on Rogers Digital Cable and Vidéotron.


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TV. Last modified 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2014-07-01.