|Medford/Klamath Falls, Oregon
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
|Owner||Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.
(Broadcasting Licenses, LP)
|First air date||August 8, 1994|
|Call letters' meaning||Medford
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
26 (UHF, 1994-2009)
Digital: 27 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||16.2 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KMVU-DT is a local Fox television affiliate based in Medford, Oregon. The station serves the Rogue Valley and Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and the Shasta Cascade region in northern California, and is owned by Stainless Broadcasting Company, through the Northwest Broadcasting subsidiary.
In 2006, the station began broadcasting Fox 26 First At Ten, a 10 o'clock local news program in partnership with KOBI-TV. The newscast is currently anchored by Shari Small, with meteorologist Adam Colpack handling weather.
On January 10, 2011, FOX 26 launched a new morning news program called FOX 26 Morning News Live at Seven. The newscast is currently anchored by Travis Koch, Jennifer Elliott and meteorologist Jeff Heaton.
Only a 10pm newscast is produced and aired on the weekends. It is anchored by Kyle Aevermann and weather forecaster RaeAnn Christensen.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|26.1||720p||16:9||KMVU-HD||Main KMVU programming / Fox|
KMVU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 26, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 27 to former analog channel 26.
KMVU-DT is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K31GP Channel 31 Brookings
- K41JB Channel 41 Yreka, California
- K44DZ Channel 44 Klamath Falls
- K44JB-D Channel 44 Grants Pass (Digital)
Cable and satellite carriage disputes
Northland Cable TV (2007-2008)
On May 6, 2007, KMVU was replaced by Chico, California Fox affiliate KCVU-TV on Northland Cable Television channel 13 in both Mt. Shasta and Yreka, California, when KMVU and Northland could not come to an agreement to remain on the cable system. (Northland also carries KCVU's sister station KRVU-LD My 21 on cable channel 2.) However, Northland has been blocked from airing Fox Network programming as a result.
On May 14, 2008, the FCC issued two Notice of Apparent Liability and Forfeitures to Northland for failing to provide thirty days notice to KMVU and cable customers that KMVU would be moved to a different channel and eventually dropped altogether. The two NAL's total $40,000. As is standard procedure, Northland was given thirty days to either pay the fine or ask for a reduction or cancellation.
In November 2008, KMVU won the contract dispute with Northland Cable and was returned to its previous channels on both Mt. Shasta and Yreka, thus forcing KCVU to be removed.
Like Northland Cable, KMVU is currently undergoing a carriage dispute with DirecTV, similar to a recent dispute between Dish Network and KDRV before that situation was resolved. However, this may take longer to resolve. This dispute threatened to black out the 2010-2011 NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on January 23, 2011, as well as the 2011 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLV. The dispute was temporarily resolved.
However, on August 13, 2012, DirecTV dropped KMVU from its service and its line-up, prompting station owners Northwest Broadcasting to issue a statement regarding the issue. As a result, KMVU has started airing promos asking viewers to find other alternatives, like over-the-air for free, to watch their station and essentially make their feelings known about the controversy.
On October 25, 2012, KMVU returned to DirecTV service.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KMVU
- Where to Watch Me-TV: KMVU
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- Digital delay bill awaits Obama's signature; But most local network affiliates planned to make the switch on the initial Feb. 17 date if possible, Greg Stiles, Mail Tribune, February 5, 2009.
- DIRECTV Press Release
- DirecTV Dropping FOX 26
- KMVU website
- History of Television in Southern Oregon
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMVU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMVU-DT