WFXZ-CD, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 24), is the Azteca América-affiliated television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by Prime Time Partners.[2] WFXZ-CD maintains studio facilities located in Woburn, and its transmitter is located in the Newton Upper Falls district of Newton. The station is available on Comcast Xfinity digital channels 300, 721 and 981, and Verizon FiOS channel 20. The station maintains a channel sharing agreement with PBS member station WGBH-TV (channel 2), effective September 8, 2017; the WFXZ license is pending donation to the WGBH Educational Foundation.

History

The station's construction permit was originally granted on November 30, 1989 as W29BA, operating on channel 29, which would be licensed to nearby Lawrence.[3] However, by the time finally it signed on the air with a home shopping service in early 2000, it had moved to channel 24, was licensed to Boston and adopted the W24CM call sign.[7]

A few months later, channel 24 changed its call letters to WVXN-LP. In 2001, the station was upgraded to Class A status and dropped home shopping programming in favor of affiliating with MTV2.[5] The station changed its callsign to WFXZ-CA in 2003. In July 2006, the station became the Boston affiliate of the Azteca América network.[6]

WFXZ flash-cut its signal to digital transmission in 2010. Longtime owner Randolph Weigner agreed to sell WFXZ to Prime Time Partners in December 2011.[2] The station became a charter MundoFox affiliate when the network formally launched on August 13, 2012,[7] with Azteca America programming moving to its second digital subchannel; it returned to primary status early on December 1, 2016 due to MundoFox ending operations (changing to MundoMax in its last year).

In the FCC's incentive auction, WFXZ-CD sold its spectrum for $63,949,770 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[13] On September 8, 2017, the station entered into a channel sharing agreement with WGBH-TV (channel 2); concurrently, Prime Time Partners agreed to donate the WFXZ license to the WGBH Educational Foundation.[14][15]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[16][9]
24.1720p16:9WFXZ-HDMain WFXZ-CD programming / Azteca América
24.2480i4:3Azteca
24.3HopeInfomercials (previously Hope Channel)
24.4WFXZSD4Infomercials