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San Diego, California
Branding KPBS Television
Channels Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
Owner San Diego State University
(The Board of Trustees of the California State University for San Diego State University)
First air date June 25, 1967
Call letters' meaning Public
Sister station(s) KPBS-FM
Former callsigns KEBS-TV (1967-1970)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (UHF, 1967-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1967-1970)
Transmitter power 350 kW
Height 567.4 m
Facility ID 6124
Transmitter coordinates 32°41′53″N 116°56′3″W / 32.69806°N 116.93417°W / 32.69806; -116.93417 (KPBS)

KPBS television is a PBS Public television member station based in San Diego, California, broadcasting on digital channel 30. The station is owned by San Diego State University. KPBS can be found on Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T U-verse on cable channel 11 in standard definition. The three San Diego area cable companies also carry KPBS' HD signal. Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable carry the HD channel on cable channel 711, while AT&T U-verse broadcasts it on channel 1011. Cablemás in Tijuana carries the HD signal on channel 144 AND 146 in Standard. The station is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network's Local Channels package on channel 15 in standard definition. However DirecTV is the only satellite company that offers KPBS' high definition signal, also available on channel 15.

The TV station was founded in 1967 as KEBS-TV. The station changed its callsign to the current KPBS in 1970.

KPBS is not an O&O or flagship station like KCBS, KNBC and KABC in Los Angeles; PBS does not engage in those practices. The KPBS callsign reflects the station's affiliation and programming, but not any special status within the PBS network.

Like Watertown, New York's WPBS-DT, KPBS-TV is a border station—in this case, serving viewers in both the US and Mexico.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
15.1 1080i 16:9 KPBS-HD Main KPBS programming / PBS
15.2 480i 4:3 KPBS-SD V-me

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPBS shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, 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 30.[2][3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 15. KPBS had indicated that it might terminate analog service on April 30, 2009, in advance of the June 12, 2009 nationwide analog-digital conversation date. The station's website, however, states that KPBS continued analog transmissions until the June 12, 2009 mandatory full power TV station analog/digital conversion date. KPBS-TV broadcasts in 1080i high definition.

When KCET in Los Angeles dropped PBS at the end of 2010, KPBS became available on cable systems in Bakersfield, alongside San Bernardino PBS member KVCR-DT and Fresno PBS member KVPT. It is also one of three PBS affiliates serving Palm Springs, the others being KVCR-DT and Huntington Beach PBS member KOCE.

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