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Denver, Colorado
United States
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 59 (PSIP)
Subchannels 59.1 Ion Television
59.2 qubo
59.3 Ion Life
Translators KPXH-LD 52 (UHF)
Fort Collins
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Denver License, Inc.)
First air date September 2, 1987; 26 years ago (1987-09-02)
Call letters' meaning PaX Colorado
Former callsigns KUBD (1987-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
59 (UHF, 1987-2009)
Former affiliations Financial News Network (1987-1989)
Telemundo (1989-1998)
PAX TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 362 m
Facility ID 68695
Transmitter coordinates 40°5′59.0″N 104°54′4.0″W / 40.099722°N 104.901111°W / 40.099722; -104.901111
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KPXC-TV, channel 59, is a television station licensed to Denver, Colorado that broadcasts on UHF channel 43. The station is an affiliate of the Ion Television network in Denver, Colorado and is owned and operated by Ion Media Networks.


KPXC first went on the air September 10, 1987 as KUBD. Originally, the station aired financial news during the day and various shows at night. When the Financial News Network ended broadcasts in 1989 (after being absorbed by CNBC), KUBD became the original Denver-area affiliate for Telemundo. Paxson Communications bought KUBD in 1996 and changed its call letters to KPXC-TV on February 2, 1998.

For about two years early in the 2000s, KPXC carried select games of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.

When NBC partnered with PAX TV in the late 1990s, KPXC rebroadcast KUSA's 6:00 & 10:00PM newscasts Monday through Friday. This ended in 2005, when NBC ended its agreement with PAX.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
59.1 720p 16:9 KPXC-DT Main KPXC-TV programming / Ion Television
59.2 480i 4:3 KPXC-D2 qubo
59.3 KPXC-D3 Ion Life

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPXC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 59, 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 43.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 59, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


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