KTFD-TV
Denver, Colorado
United States
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 50
BrandingUniMás Denver
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerEntravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
TV: KCEC
Radio: KJMN, KMXA, KXPK
History
First air date
February 22, 1996 (26 years ago) (1996-02-22)
Former call signs
  • KTVJ (1996–2003)
  • KTFD-DT (2009–2017)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 14 (UHF, 1996–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 15 (UHF, until 2017)
  • 26 (UHF, 2017–2019)
  • Virtual:
  • 14 (PSIP, until 2017)
  • Translator:
    KDVT-LP 36 (UHF) Denver
Call sign meaning
TeleFutura Denver
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID24514
ERP400 kW
HAAT236 m (774 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°43′58″N 105°14′10″W / 39.73278°N 105.23611°W / 39.73278; -105.23611 (KCEC)Coordinates: 39°43′58″N 105°14′10″W / 39.73278°N 105.23611°W / 39.73278; -105.23611 (KCEC)
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KTFD-TV (channel 50) is a television station in Denver, Colorado, United States, affiliated with the Spanish-language UniMás network. It is owned by Entravision Communications, which provides certain services to Boulder-licensed Univision-owned station KCEC (channel 14) under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with TelevisaUnivision USA. Both stations share studios on Mile High Stadium West Circle in Denver, while KTFD-TV's transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.

History

The station first signed on the air on February 22, 1996 as KTVJ. Founded by Roberts Broadcasting, it originally aired programming from the Home Shopping Network. In January 2003, Roberts sold the station to Univision Communications. Two months later on March 10, 2003, the station changed its call sign to KTFD-TV (which was modified to KTFD-DT on June 23, 2009, in correspondence with the callsign modifications to the "-DT" suffix applied by all Univision-owned stations following the digital television transition), and became an owned-and-operated station of Univision's secondary network TeleFutura.

KTFD's signal was formerly relayed on low-power analog translator station KDVT-LP (channel 36) in Denver, which was owned by Entravision Communications. The translator was never converted to digital, and its license was canceled on September 13, 2017.[1]

On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, KTFD and sister station KCEC swapped channel numbers, with KTFD moving from digital channel 15 and virtual channel 14 to digital channel 26 and virtual channel 50.

On January 9, 2019, KTFD completed the migration to digital channel 28 from digital 26 as part of the FCC spectrum auction repack.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[2]
50.1 1080i 16:9 KTFD Main KTFD-TV programming / UniMás
50.2 480i LATV LATV
50.3 Stadium Stadium[3]
50.4 4:3 Local Now

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTFD-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.

References

  1. ^ https://fccdata.org/?facid=24516&appid=595256&i=1
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTFD
  3. ^ "Where to watch stadium" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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