San Jose, California
|City of license||San Francisco, California|
|Branding||Univision 14 (general)
Noticias Univision 14 (news)
|Slogan||A Su Lado
(By Your Side)
|Channels||Digital: 51 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
14.2 KFSF (UniMás)
|Translators||KDTV-CD 28 (UHF) Santa Rosa, California|
(KDTV License Partnership, GP)
|First air date||August 13, 1975|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
60 (UHF, 1975–1979)
14 (UHF, 1979–2009)
|Former affiliations||SIN (1975–1987)|
|Transmitter power||476.3 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KDTV-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 51), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station located in San Francisco, California, United States. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with UniMás owned-and-operated station KFSF-DT (channel 66). The two stations share studios located at the 50 Fremont Center building in San Francisco's Financial District, KDTV's transmitter is located on Mission Peak in Fremont. The station's signal is relayed on Class A digital translator KDTV-CD (channel 28) in Santa Rosa.
The station first signed on the air on August 13, 1975 as an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (the predecessor of Univision), broadcasting on UHF channel 60; it was the Bay Area's first exclusively Spanish-language television station. It was originally owned by a local group headed by Reynold Anselmo.
In 1979, KDTV reached a deal with San Mateo-based PBS member station KCSM-TV to transfer its full-power color facilities to that station; on March 5 of that year, KCSM and KDTV swapped transmitting facilities and channel assignments: KCSM moved to channel 60 and began transmitting from atop San Bruno Mountain's Radio Peak, while KDTV moved to UHF channel 14 and began transmitting from Mission Peak.
In 1986, the Spanish International Network relaunched as Univision. The station was acquired by Univision outright in 1992, turning KDTV into the market's third owned-and-operated station (behind KGO-TV channel 7, which has been owned by ABC since it signed on in 1949, and KSTS channel 48, which has been owned by Telemundo since 1987).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|14.1||1080i||16:9||KDTV-DT||Main KDTV programming / Univision|
|14.2||480i||4:3||KFSF-DT||Standard-definition simulcast of KFSF-DT|
|14.3||480i||4:3||getTV||GetTV : digital multicast television network (launched 2014-02-03)|
|14.4||480i||4:3||Escape||Escape : digital multicast television network (launched 2014-08-18)|
KDTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations 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 51, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.
KDTV presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Enrique Gratas, former anchor of Univision's late night newscast Noticiero Univision Última Hora, was the original anchor of KDTV's newscasts when the station launched. In November 2007, KDTV had the highest-rated newscast in the Bay Area among adults 25 to 54 in the 6 p.m. timeslot. This was the first occurrence in the market in which a Spanish-language news program earned higher ratings than those of its English-language counterparts.
In November 2011, KDTV introduced a new set, as well as standardized graphics package used by its Univision-owned news-producing sister stations. With the change, KDTV began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. On August 8, 2014 the station strike a news partnership with KGO-TV to share news context and cross-promote it newscast. KDTV is the second station to have a partnership with abc since WUVP-TV sister station in Philadelphia partnered with WPVI-TV.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDTV
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Garofoli, Joe (December 1, 2007). "Spanish-language KDTV celebrates top rating for 6 p.m. newscast". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A-1. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
- Univision 14 Official Website (in Spanish)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDTV-DT