XETV is the callsign 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 Televisa, who has a local marketing agreement with Entravision of Santa Monica. It is the local sister station to XHDTV. 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 April 16, 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). 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 4Kids On CW Saturday morning cartoons. The 7 AM to 9 AM Saturday shows air from 5 AM to 7 AM (local news goes from 7 to 9 AM, followed by the remaining three hours of CW's kids shows).
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||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||90210||Gossip Girl||San Diego 6 News||11@11/San Diego 6 Extra|
|Tuesday||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||Hart of Dixie||Emily Owens, M.D.||San Diego 6 News||11@11/San Diego 6 Extra|
|Wednesday||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||Arrow||Supernatural||San Diego 6 News||11@11/San Diego 6 Extra|
|Thursday||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||The Vampire Diaries||Beauty and the Beast||San Diego 6 News||11@11/San Diego 6 Extra|
|Friday||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||America's Next Top Model||Nikita||San Diego 6 News||11@11/San Diego 6 Extra|
|Saturday||Seinfeld||Seinfeld||Jeremiah||The Dead Zone||San Diego 6 News||Seinfeld||South Park|
|Sunday||South Park||South Park||Smash Cuts||Smash Cuts||Brothers and Sisters||San Diego 6 News||That Sunday Sports Show||South Park|