WBGT-CD is the Class A MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Rochester, New York. It broadcasts a low-powered standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 40.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the city's Northwest Quadrant. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channels 18 (hence the My 18 on-air branding) and 1215. Owned by Vision Communications, WBGT-CD has studios on Buffalo Road (NY 33) in the town of Gates (with a Rochester address). Syndicated programing on the station includes Roseanne, Family Feud, The Wendy Williams Show and The Cosby Show among others. WBGT-CD was formerly also seen over-the-air on analog repeater W26BZ channel 26 in Victor, which is no longer licensed. This broadcast from a transmitter south of Perinton's Egypt hamlet along the Monroe and Ontario County line.

History

WBGT-CD began operations as WBGT-LP in February 1998. In its first ten months on-air, the station was an Independent as it did not pick up UPN affiliation until November of that year. The Victor translator was added in 1999, and by 2001, Time Warner Cable had added it to its lineup. On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced the networks would end broadcasting and merge to form The CW, which signed with cable-only WB affiliate "WRWB" (the forerunner of WHAM-DT2); as a result, WBGT-LP became part of MyNetworkTV when the network launched on September 5, 2006. Around this time, the suffix was changed from -LP to -CA.

There have been a number of complaints by DirecTV subscribers in Rochester because WBGT-CD is not currently offered on the system's local station line up. Contacts at WBGT say that unless there are a large amount of complaints, the station will continue to be unavailable on DirecTV; neither DirecTV nor any other cable or satellite provider are compelled to carry the channel as they would for a full-power station under must-carry rules. It has an application to air a low-powered, digital Class A signal on UHF channel 46 from the same Northwest Quadrant transmitter, now using the -CD suffix.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
46.1480i4:3WBGT-MYMain WBGT-CD programming / MyNetworkTV
46.2THIS TVThis TV
46.3TUFF TVTuff TV
46.4TNNHeartland
46.5MYROCMyRochesterTV
46.6QVCQVC