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WPXW-TV
Ion Television logo.svg
Manassas, Virginia-Washington, D.C.
Branding ION Television
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Subchannels 66.1 - ion HD (720p)
66.2 - qubo (480i)
66.3 - ion Life (480i)
66.4 - Worship (480i)
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Paxson Washington License, Inc.)
First air date March 26, 1978
Call letters’ meaning PaX Washington, D.C.
Former callsigns WTKK (1978-1994)
WVVI (1994-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (UHF, 1978-2009)
Former affiliations religious independent (1978-1994)
ValueVision (1994-1997)
inTV (1997-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter Power 90 kW
Height 190 m
Facility ID 74091
Transmitter Coordinates 38°47′16″N 77°19′47″W / 38.78778°N 77.32972°W / 38.78778; -77.32972
Website www.ionline.tv

WPXW-TV is the Washington, DC area's Ion Television (formerly Pax TV and i) network affiliate, licensed to nearby Manassas, Virginia. The station broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 43. It is owned and operated by ION Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). WPXW's schedule is filled with infomercials, paid religious shows, sitcoms, TV movies and kids shows on Friday afternoons.

History

Channel 66 signed on as WTKK, an independent religious station, in 1978. The call letters stood for Witnessing The King of Kings. In 1982 they added some classic sitcoms and very old movies to the lineup but by 1986 they reverted to mostly religious. In 1994, the station was purchased by ValueVision, a shopping network, and on June 6, 1994, the call letters were changed to WVVI. Paxson Communications purchased the station in 1997 and on January 13, 1998, the call letters were changed to the current WPXW. The station was an all-infomercial channel ("inTV") from the time that Paxson Communications bought the station until the PAX Network began on August 31, 1998. The station had the rights to the 2005 season of Baltimore Orioles games in the Washington, DC area that were produced by MASN. It was formerly known as PAX66, before the PAX network switched its name to i.

Digital television

On June 12, 2009, WPXW-TV left channel 66 and continued broadcasting on channel 43 to complete its analog to digital conversion. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WPXW-TV's virtual channel as "66".

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