A new transmitter was commissioned on January 11, 2007, restoring normal operation. The two stations share studios on Fairbanks Court (near Columbus Drive and Illinois Street) in the Streeterville neighborhood; WXFT shares transmitter facilities with ABC owned-and-operated station WLS-TV (channel 7) atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop. Miyares, realizing that the loss of the NetSpan affiliation would be crippling for his station, reduced WBBS' programming schedule to 8 p.m. to its late-night sign-off on weekend evenings late that year, selling the rest of the weekday time periods that his station had occupied to Eychaner, allowing WPWR to broadcast full-time on weekdays. This service also gives users the chance to replay content on-demand up to 72 hours after the program’s original broadcast. Among the prospective buyers for the group was The Walt Disney Company, which placed a bid to acquire the 13 USA-owned stations (had Disney's bid been successful, it would have created the market's first television duopoly with ABC owned-and-operated station WLS-TV, channel 7); however, Disney was outbid by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications, which purchased the USA Broadcasting stations in a $1.1 billion group deal on December 7, 2000; the sale was finalized on May 21, 2001. Start watching for $9.99/mo. Univision guía, programación de televisión, shows novelas y series WXFT-DT, virtual channel 60 (UHF digital channel 22), is an UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Aurora.The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Joliet-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station WGBO-DT (channel 66). Eychaner paid $684,000 to Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting,[7] giving it the funding it needed to build its facility, if it would switch allocations with WDAI. [25] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 60, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. UniMás la cadena más joven de Univision con los shows más divertidos, series , telenovelas, películas en español, deportes y más. [6] However, another channel allocated to Gary could: channel 50, which as educational station WCAE had folded the previous year due to financial problems. On April 13, 2017, station owner Univision Communications announced that the over-the-air spectrum of WXFT-DT was sold in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction for $126.1 million. In 1984, more popular classic sitcoms and newer barter cartoons were mixed into the lineup. WLXT was an independent station that abruptly closed after 14 months of attempting to serve its suburban coverage area, but it was notable for the people that passed through it, particularly news director Christine Lund, who became a well-known news anchor in Los Angeles, and Tom Skilling, longtime chief meteorologist at WGN-TV (channel 9), who got his start in television broadcasting at WLXT and presented daily weather forecasts for the station during his junior year of high school. WXFT's 5,000,000-watt transmitter malfunctioned in the early hours of December 6, 2006, causing an alarm which forced action by the Chicago Fire Department to extinguish the smoldering equipment. However, before the proposed conversion into an independent station could occur, the plans were put into question after USA Broadcasting announced that it would sell off its television station group in 2000. [11] Channel 50 was ready to sign on as a commercial outlet by October 1986, at which point Eychaner then sold the channel 60 allocation to the Home Shopping Network for $25 million. In order to access the service, viewers had to purchase a set-top descrambling converter and pay a monthly subscription fee in order to view sporting events such as White Sox games. In October 1985, Eychaner purchased WBBS for $11 million, and WBBS aired its last programs in August 1986 when the sale was approved. Barry Diller—then-owner of the USA Network—acquired Silver King Communications in November 1995; the sale was finalized on December 19, 1996, ten months after its March 11 approval by the FCC. WXFT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 60, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. WXFT-DT, virtual channel 60 (UHF digital channel 22), is an UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Aurora. You can view other local TV listings by going back to the full TV guide schedule . In December 2009, WXFT and sister station WGBO, along with most of Univision's other owned-and-operated stations, upgraded their main digital channels to transmit in 16:9 1080i high definition, in preparation for the launches of Univision and Telefutura's HD simulcast feeds in 2010. However, SportsVision achieved little success on WPWR/WBBS-TV and converted into a cable channel in January 1984. The WDAI construction permit had existed since 1982, but short-spacing concerns to channel 60 and to two allocations in southeast Wisconsin had meant channel 56 could not be placed on the Sears Tower; this finding crippled a previous attempt to build the allocation as WGMI in 1968. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Joliet-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station WGBO-DT (channel 66). The 2020 MLS TV schedule on the networks of ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision. Univision and UniMás live stream plus current series and novelas available next day on demand. The FCC received five proposals, three of which were designated for hearing by the FCC in July 1980: HATCO-60 (specifying West Chicago; Metrowest Corporation, specifying Aurora; and the College of DuPage, for Glen Ellyn.[2]. WXFT-DT will not go off the air, but they will share spectrum with WLS-TV. [14][15][16] By 1997, the company was known as USA Broadcasting. [9] This allowed Metrowest to proceed with its plan of moving the WPWR-TV intellectual unit from channel 60 to channel 50 while selling the channel 60 license;[10] the noncommercial allocation shifted to channel 56, which signed on as WYIN on November 15, 1987.