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Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Affiliations Start TV
Owner CBS Corporation
(CBS Operations Inc.)
Founded August 23, 1989 (1989-08-23)
First air date 1990 (28 years ago) (1990)
Call letters' meaning Box Indianapolis (former affiliation)
Former callsigns W47AZ (1990–2000)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
47 (UHF, (1990-2015)
Former affiliations The Box (1990–2001)
MTV2 (2001–2004 and 2004–2007)
UPN (via WNDY-TV, 2004)
MTV Tres (2007–2014)
Local Weather (2014–2017)
Decades (2018)
Transmitter power 13.9 kW
Class CD
Facility ID 70416
Transmitter coordinates 39°46′11.00″N 86°9′26.00″W / 39.7697222°N 86.1572222°W / 39.7697222; -86.1572222
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website wbxica.cbslocal.com

WBXI-CD, UHF digital channel 47, is a Start TV-affiliated television station licensed to Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation. WBXI-CA's transmitter is located atop the Salesforce Tower (near Monument Circle) in downtown Indianapolis.


The station first signed on the air in 1990 as W47AZ. Originally serving as an affiliate of the viewer-request music video network The Box, the station changed its call letters to WBXI-CA in 2001; that year, the station switched to MTV2 following that network's acquisition by Viacom, which acquired WBXI-CA. For a few months in 2004, channel 47 served as a repeater of then-sister station and UPN affiliate WNDY-TV (channel 23, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate); this ended when Viacom's Television Stations Group (now CBS Television Stations) subsidiary sold WNDY-TV to the LIN TV Corporation, owners of then-CBS (now CW) affiliate WISH-TV (channel 8), in February 2005.

Viacom retained ownership of WBXI-CA, before spinning it off to CBS Corporation in December of that year, following CBS' split from the former company; Viacom retained ownership of the MTV Networks; however, the station maintained its MTV2 affiliation.

In 2007, the station switched to MTV2's Spanish-language sister network MTV Tr3s. This would end in 2014, when WBXI would switch to continuous weather information.

On January 1, 2018, WBXI began carrying programming from the Decades network, though they continue to show an hour of local weather weekdays at 7:00 a.m.

As of September 3rd, 2018, Channel 47 switched to Start TV, dropping Decades. Decades is still available in the market via WSDI-LD 30.2.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
47.1 480i 4:3 WBXI-CD Main WBXI programming / Start TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WBXI-CA maintained a construction permit to shut down its analog signal and flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 47 on September 1, 2015.[2] The station turned on its digital signal on August 21, 2015 and ceased operations of its analog signal on September 1, 2015, the mandatory date for Class A Low Powered Stations to cease operations.[3][4]


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