Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Affiliations Independent (weather)
Owner CBS Corporation
(CBS Operations Inc.)
Founded August 23, 1989 (1989-08-23)
First air date 1990 (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)
Transmitter power 13.9 kW
Class Class A
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

WBXI-CD, UHF digital channel 47, is a television station located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation. WBXI-CA maintains transmitter facilities located atop the Chase 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's 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 Tres.

Channel 47 is no longer airing Tr3s; instead, it is showing localized weather info.

Digital television

Digital Channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
47.1 480i 4:3 WBXI-CD Independent/Local Weather Information

Analog-to-digital conversion

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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