XETV-TDT is the call sign for San Diego 6 The CW, a full service border blaster television station in San Diego, California. The station is licensed to Tijuana, and is owned by Mexican media company Grupo Televisa through its American-based subsidiary Bay City Television. It broadcasts on digital channel 23, and is displayed on tuners as virtual channel 6, its original analog spot. Analog channel 6 was shut off on July 18, 2013. Mexico is slated to have its digital conversion completed by next year.
The station signed on in the 1950s as a supplement to the San Diego television market after the city had run out of VHF television allotments. It was independent until 1956, when the station was permitted to have ABC affiliation. As a Mexican station, XETV had to have ABC shows bicycled to them from another source (recorded elsewhere and the tapes/films transported physically to the station). By 1961, XETV had ABC programming delivered directly to them from the network. Their status as a border blaster meant their agreement with ABC had to be renewed annually. This didn't last, as KNSD, channel 39, successfully wrestled affiliation away on July 1, 1973, when KNSD was independent KCST. The station charged that a Mexican station could not be affiliated with an American network. It remained independent for two more decades until it affiliated with FOX. Again, as with ABC, XETV had to have FOX shows bicycled to them until 1994 when FOX won the NFC football package from CBS. XETV was granted a waiver to air the football games live as well as the rest of FOX's shows. Independent KUSI, channel 51, tried to block the waiver in an attempt to steal FOX from XETV but failed.
On August 1, 2008, FOX moved its affiliation to KSWB, channel 69, which had been a CW affiliate. XETV switched to The CW network at that time. They call themselves "San Diego 6 The CW" as they continue to fight losing the Fox affiliation in court. XETV airs two hours of the One Magnificent Morning children's educational program block on The CW's Saturday morning lineup. The 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday shows air from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. (local news goes from 7 to 9 a.m., followed by the remaining three hours of the One Magnificent Morning block).
Due to its Mexican license, the station does not fall under the FCC's must-carry regulation. However, local cable stations choose to carry it anyway, due to the CW network and the station's signal from Mt. San Antonio, west of Tijuana, cannot be seen adequately in north San Diego county areas with regular antennas. XETV can be seen on DirecTV (channel 395) for viewers who cannot adequately receive CW in their nearest market.
|6.1||23.1||XETV-DT||Main XETV (The CW)|
Current Prime-Time Schedule
|Monday||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||Penn & Teller: Fool Us||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Significant Mother||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld (11:05)||Seinfeld (11:35)|
|Tuesday||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||The Flash||iZombie||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld (11:05)||Seinfeld (11:35)|
|Wednesday||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||Arrow||Supernatural||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld (11:05)||Seinfeld (11:35)|
|Thursday||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||The Vampire Diaries||The Originals||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld (11:05)||Seinfeld (11:35)|
|Friday||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||Reign||America's Next Top Model||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld (11:05)||Seinfeld (11:35)|
|Saturday||The Middle||The Middle||Seinfeld||Seinfeld||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||San Diego 6 News||Rules of Engagement||Rules of Engagement|
|Sunday||Cougar Town||Cougar Town||Community||Community||Mike & Molly||Mike & Molly||San Diego 6 News||Raw Travel||Infomercials|