KATA-CD
Mesquite / Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
United States
ChannelsDigital: 50 (UHF)
Programming
AffiliationsDefunct (formerly Shop LC)
Ownership
OwnerMako Communications
K07AAD-D, KHPK-LD, KJJM, KODF-LD
History
FoundedAugust 7, 1997; 24 years ago (1997-08-07)
Former call signs
K60EM (1991-1996)
KATA-LP (1996-2005)
KATA-CA (2005-2009)
Former channel number(s)
60 (1997-2005)
America’s Voice (1997-2005);
Almavision (2005-2006);
Multimedios Televisión (2006-2007)
Tr3́s (2008-2012)
LATV (2012-2013)
SSN (2013-2016)
Technical information
ERP15 kW
Links
Websitewww.ssn.tv

KATA-CD was a Class A digital television station affiliated with Shop LC, owned and operated by London Broadcasting, LLC. It broadcast on Channel 50 and was licensed to Mesquite, Texas. KATA was available through Charter Communications (Channel 93) and Verizon Fios (Channel 24).

Digital programming

This station's digital channel was multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Programming
50.1 480i 4:3 Shop LC
50.3 Peace TV
50.4 Hot TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

On June 4, 2009, KATA-CA ceased analog broadcasting and switched over to digital. The station's call sign was changed to KATA-CD on July 8, 2009.

History

The station began its broadcasting activities on Channel 60 as a repeater for former FamilyNet affiliate K46EV (now KJJM-LD) until it picked up a new affiliate with the former America's Voice network until that network's end in 2000. On October 3, 2005, KATA was made a Class A Station, moved its broadcasts to channel 50, and switched affiliates to the English version of Almavision. After a few missteps, the English network was dropped. In early 2006, KATA became a flagship station for the Mexico-based Multimedios Televisión network.

KATA went off the air briefly in late 2007. In February 2008, however, it returned to the airwaves as an MTV Tr3́s affiliate. Sometime in 2012, Tr3́s was replaced by LATV.

In June 2013, KATA-CD was sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations.[1]

It was announced on April 13, 2017, that KATA-CD would be one of many stations ceasing operations as part of the FCC's latest Spectrum repack sometime in late 2018.[2][3] Mako Communications surrendered KATA-CD's license to the FCC for cancellation on September 5, 2017, in exchange for $19,602,242.

References

  1. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 24, 2013). "Anatomy of an LPTV deal extravaganza". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  2. ^ 987 Stations Displaced, 175 Broadcasters to Split $10 Billion - TV Technology (published April 13, 2017)
  3. ^ FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction — Auction 1001 Winning Bids