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Mexicali, Baja California
San Luis, Sonora
Yuma, Arizona
El Centro, California
Mexico/United States
City Mexicali, Baja California
Branding El Canal de las Noticias
(The News Channel)
Slogan Television sin fronteras
(Television without borders)
Channels Digital:
Translators K07ZF/K42KZ-D (Calexico, California)
K28FM/K33MD-D (Yuma, Arizona)
(owned by Broadcast Group, Ltd.)
Affiliations Canal 66 (2015-present)
Owner Intermedia de Mexicali
(Arnoldo Cabada de la O)
Founded 1997
First air date October 1998
Sister station(s) XHIJ-TV
Former callsigns XHILA-TV (1998-2013)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (UHF, 1998-2013)
Former affiliations CNI (to 2005)
CadenaTres (to 2015)
Transmitter power 107.490 kW (digital)
Website http://www.canal66.tv

XHILA-TDT is a full-service, Spanish-language, independent television station in Mexicali, Baja California. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 46, serving the Mexicali Valley and the southern Imperial Valley, including El Centro, California, and the Colorado River cities of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora and Yuma, Arizona. The station is also carried on the cable television systems of each of the four principal communities it serves.

Taking to air in October 1998, the station is owned by Intermedia de Mexicali, a subsidiary of the Ciudad Juárez-based Grupo Intermedia and is licensed to its President, Arnoldo Cabada de la O.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.

RF VC Video Aspect Television network Programming
46.1 66.1 1080i 16:9 Canal 66 Main XHILA-TDT Programming
46.2 66.2 480i 4:3 Una Voz con Todos Public television
46.3 66.3 Canal 66 2-hour delayed XHILA-TDT programming
46.4 66.4 Milenio Television News programming

Analog shutdown[edit]

Under Mexican law, XHILA would have been required to turn off its analog signal on November 26, 2013 (a date that has since been postponed), but XHILA opted to switch early, seeking and winning approval from Cofetel to shut down early.[2]

On March 6, 2013 at 11:30 p.m., XHILA turned off its analog signal. It was the first television station in Mexicali to do so and the second in Mexico, after XHUNAM-TDT went digital-only in 2005.


XHILA's prior logo, used through 2008.

XHILA-TV began with experimental broadcasts in 1997, then began broadcasting commercially in October 1998.[3] It has been owned since its inception by Intermedia de Mexicali, airing independent programming during the day, and (originally) news from CNI at night.

In 2008, XHILA became affiliated with Mexico's newest broadcast network, cadenatres.

US translators[edit]

Broadcast Group, Ltd., an American company which is controlled by the Cabada family, owns two translators in the United States that relay XHILA.

In Yuma, the analog translator was low-powered K28FM. At various times in its history, it was affiliated with musical networks such as Más Música and MTV Tr3s, and at others it rebroadcast XHILA. K28FM, in effect, was the first American affiliate of cadenatres as it relayed XHILA when it took on the affiliation in 2008. In the late 2000s, K28FM went silent; in 2015, K33MD-D, a digital translator also owned by Broadcast Group, was put into service.[4]

In Calexico, K07ZF channel 7 was the analog translator. Given that the digital transition of XHILA's Mexicali transmitter led to a loss of viewership, channel 7 was promoted as XHILA's analog channel. In 2015, K42KZ-D, also owned by Broadcast Group, was signed on.

Both the Yuma and Calexico transmitters relay XHILA, including all of its subchannels.


XHILA-TDT targets both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. XHILA-TDT provides local information, news shows and variety programs for viewers along with a schedule of movies, comedies and programs of interest.

In 2015, Intermedia signed a contract with the Sistema Público de Radiodifusión del Estado Mexicano to carry its Una Voz con Todos network on its stations in Mexicali and Ciudad Juárez. This marks the first time that Mexicali has ever had national public television service.


  • CadenaTres Noticias – Weekdays 4:30AM - 6AM
  • Contacto Matutino – Weekdays 6AM - 8:30AM
  • Contacto Vespertino – Weekdays 6PM - 7PM
  • CadenaTres Noticias – Weekdays 7PM - 8PM
  • Contacto Nocturno – Weeknights 9:00PM – 10:00PM
  • Con Sentido – Weeknights 10:00PM – 11:25PM


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TV. Last modified 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ Cofetel autoriza adelantar apagón a televisora en Mexicali Diario EL Universal Online, February 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM, viewed in February 8, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.
  3. ^ "Corporativo". Canal66.com.mx. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  4. ^ [1]

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