|Ontario/Los Angeles, California
|City of license||Ontario, California|
|Branding||UniMás 46 Los Angeles|
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
(UniMas Los Angeles LLC)
|First air date||August 16, 1972|
|Call letters' meaning||K TeleFuTuRa|
|Sister station(s)||KLVE, KMEX-DT, KRCD, KSCA, KTNQ|
|Former callsigns||KBSA (1972–1977)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
46 (UHF, 1984–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1972–1977 and 1984–1986)
|Transmitter power||400 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KFTR-DT, virtual channel 46 (UHF digital channel 29), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Los Angeles, California, United States that is licensed to Ontario, and serves as the West Coast flagship station of the network. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Univision owned-and-operated station KMEX-DT (channel 34). The two stations share studios located on Center Drive (near I-405) in West Los Angeles, KFTR's transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson. KFTR does not air any local newscasts of its own, however the station does crosspromote sister station KMEX's local news programs.
The station first signed on the air on August 16, 1972 as KBSA, originally licensed to Guasti, a community near Ontario that is known for its vineyards. It originally operated as an independent station, showing mostly feature films. In 1973, Paul Crouch and Jim Bakker purchased time on the station to launch their television ministry, known as the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which served as the eventual network's original home. When TBN purchased Santa Ana-based KBSA for KLXA-TV (channel 40, now KTBN-TV) in 1974, channel 46 was acquired by Berean Bible Ministries and continued to maintain a Christian programming format. KBSA was then purchased by Hispanic Broadcasters (at the time, incidentally, the station was already broadcasting some Spanish language programs), however the station went dark in 1977 as the sale was ongoing.
It returned to the air in 1984 as KIHS, under the ownership of HBI Acquisition, and briefly carried a religious programming format. the station affiliated with Santa Fe Communications and began carrying Catholic-based programming. In 1986, KIHS started airing movies and sports programming; it was sold later that year to Silver King Broadcasting, the broadcasting arm of the Home Shopping Network, relaunching that year as HSN station KHSC-TV.
By 1998, HSN's owners USA Broadcasting had decided to switch all of its over-the-air HSN affiliates to a general entertainment format (in markets where the USA-owned station adopted the format, some locally produced programs were included along with syndicated shows); channel 46 was one of a handful of stations that did not make the conversion to a general entertainment independent as USA decided to sell its stations. The Walt Disney Company was the leading candidate to buy the stations, which would have made channel 46 a sister to ABC's West Coast flagship KABC-TV (channel 7). However, Univision Communications bought the stations instead, and by 2002, had used channel 46 (whose call letters were changed to KFTR-TV) and most of other stations to become charter stations for its new secondary network TeleFutura (the forerunner to UniMás).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|46.1||1080i||16:9||KFTR-DT||Main KFTR-DT programming / UniMás|
|46.3||480i||4:3||KFTR-SD||Escape (TV network)|
|46.4||480i||4:3||KFTR-SD||Grit (TV network)|
In January 2010, KFTR upgraded its digital signal to transmit network programming in HD, as part of a company-wide upgrade of Univision's stations to allow high definition broadcasts. On December 5, 2010, sister station KMEX-DT began Mobile DTV broadcasts of its own signal and of KFTR-DT. KMEX-DT has two Mobile DTV feeds, one of subchannel 34.1, labelled "KMEX-MH1", and of sister station KFTR-TV 46.1, labelled "KFTR-MH2", broadcasting at 3.67 Mbit/s. It is the highest bitrate of any Los Angeles television station's mobile feed.
KFTR-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 46, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29, using PSIP to display KFTR-TV's virtual channel as 46 on digital television receivers. The shutdown of the analog signal was preceded by a retrospective of Telefutura programming, ending with static clouding the logo.
- UniMás web page section of univision.com
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFTR-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFTR-TV