FoundedJanuary 22, 1992
First air date
January 1994; 28 years ago (1994-01)
Former call signs
K48DS (1992-March 2005)
K40IH (March–October 2005)
KISA-LP (October 2005-2012)
Former channel number(s)
48 (UHF, 1994-2002)
40 (UHF, 2012-2020)
Educational Independent (1992-2002)
silent (2002-2005)
LAT TV (2006-2008)
Technical information
Facility ID58786

KISA-LD, virtual channel 40 (UHF digital channel 22), is a low-powered QVC-affiliated television station licensed to San Antonio, Texas, United States. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings.


On January 22, 1992, the FCC granted a construction permit to San Antonio College to build a new station to broadcast on UHF channel 48, and assigned the call sign K48DS. Signing on in January 1994, the station broadcast educational programming. The FCC allocated channel 48 for ABC affiliate KSAT-TV (channel 12)'s digital operations in April 1997, and San Antonio College tried to move the station to channel 46, but were denied permission to do so.[1][2] By April 2002, KSAT-DT signed on, and K48DS was forced to shut down. Unable to operate the station on its licensed frequency, and in need of funds for construction, the college sold the station to Mako Communications on August 17, 2004.[3][4] The new owners relocated the station to channel 40 in March 2005 under the call sign K40IH, then changed the call sign to KISA-LP seven months later.[5]

On May 18, 2006, the station became a charter affiliate of LAT TV, a Spanish-language network that focused on family and educational programming.[6] At the time, KISA-LP did not have cable television carriage, and so, was quite limited in its ability to reach the population of San Antonio, but eventually, the station was able to secure cable television carriage on Grande Communications, but it was a lack of cable carriage that finally forced LAT TV to cease operations on May 20, 2008.[7]

On May 24, 2012, the station changed its call sign to KISA-LD.[8]

In June 2013, KISA-LD was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations;[9] the sale fell through in June 2016.[10] Mako Communications sold its stations, including KISA-LD, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.[11]

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[12]
40.1 480i 4:3 QVC QVC
40.3 SHOP-TV Infomercials
40.4 SBN SonLife
40.5 ShopLC Shop LC
40.6 HSN HSN2
40.7 QVC2 Infomercials


  1. ^ "DTV Allotments, Assignment Pairings with Analog Stations, and Service Replication and Interference Evaluation" (PDF). FCC CDBS database. 1997-04-21. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  2. ^ "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 2000-03-14. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  3. ^ Lindberg, Kristina (2004-09-15). "College to sell TV signal". The Ranger Online. Retrieved 2008-05-31.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2004-09-20. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC CDBS database. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  6. ^ Bailey, W. Scott (2006-05-19). "S.A. is set to tune in new Spanish-language TV station". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  7. ^ Hem, Brad (2008-05-20). "Spanish language station signs off". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  8. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC CDBS database. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  9. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 24, 2013). "Anatomy of an LPTV deal extravaganza". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Notification of Non-consummation". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 29, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 8, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".