KUBE-TV

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KUBE-TV
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Baytown/Houston, Texas
United States
City of license Baytown, Texas
Branding The KUBE
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
Subchannels 57.1 Independent
57.2 La Mera TV
57.3 BYN
57.4 Me-TV
57.5 Cozi TV
Affiliations Independent
Owner NRJ TV, LLC
(operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
(NRJ TV Houston License Co., LLC)
First air date May 18, 1988
Call letters' meaning From the KUBE branding
Former callsigns KLTJ (1988–1989)
KRTW (1989–1994)
KVVV (1994–2000)
KAZH (2000–2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
57 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliations Religious independent (1988–1994)
Valuevision (1994–2000)
FamilyNet (2000–2002)
Azteca América (2002–2007)
TuVisión (2007–2009)
VasalloVision (2009–2010)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 580 m
Facility ID 70492
Transmitter coordinates 29°34′15″N 95°30′37″W / 29.57083°N 95.51028°W / 29.57083; -95.51028
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website 57.1: kube57.com
57.2: LaMeraTele.com

KUBE-TV, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 51), is an independent television station serving Houston, Texas, United States that is licensed to the suburb of Baytown. The station is owned by NRJ TV, LLC and managed by Titan Broadcast Management. KUBE maintains studio facilities located on Fountain View Drive and Burgoyne Road on the southwest side of Houston, and its transmitter is located at the Richland Transmission Tower in Missouri City.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The station first signed on the air on May 18, 1988 under the callsign KLTJ; it was founded by Eldred Thomas, who had earlier built radio station KVTT-FM (now KKXT) and television station KLTJ (now KSTR-TV) in Dallas. The station originally operated from studios located in Pasadena and a tower in Anahuac, and initially aired religious programs from a variety of sources, including the PTL Satellite Network, Christian Television Network and the Three Angels Broadcasting Network.[1] The low-power signal and distance from Houston led to reception issues in the northern and western portions of the city; as a result, on May 18, 1989, Thomas moved the KLTJ programming and call letters to channel 22 on a tower based in Alvin.[2] With the move of the KLTJ calls to channel 22, channel 57 changed its callsign to KRTW. It later changed its call letters to KVVV (a callsign formerly used on now-defunct channel 16 from 1968 to 1969) in 1994, when it switched to home shopping programming from Valuevision; it then became a FamilyNet affiliate as KAZH in 2000.

During its time as KAZH, the station was rebroadcast in Houston on translators KHMV-CA (channel 28) and KVVV-LP (channel 53); both of these translators were taken off the air in November 2007, due to owner Pappas Telecasting Companies's ongoing financial problems (KHMV-CA was sold to Uniglobe Central America Network LLC on March 10, 2010, and currently broadcasts under the call sign KUGB-CD; KVVV-LP was spun off to a liquidation trust and returned to the air in digital format in January 2012).

As a Spanish-language station[edit]

In 2002, KAZH affiliated with Spanish-language network Azteca América. Early in 2007, then-owner Pappas Telecasting terminated KAZH's affiliation agreement with Azteca América, effective July 1.[3] Azteca América programming moved to a low-powered station, KUVM-CA; and later, to another full-powered station, KYAZ (channel 51) on date to June 30, 2007. KAZH then joined Pappas' independent Spanish-language network, TuVisión.[1]

On May 10, 2008, thirteen of Pappas' stations, including KAZH, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Pappas cited "the extremely difficult business climate for television stations across the country" in papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Pappas was later ordered on September 10, 2008 that the affected stations must be sold off by February 15, 2009.[4] In January 2009, the Pappas stations involved in the bankruptcy auction, including KAZH, were sold to New World TV Group, after the sale received bankruptcy court approval.[5] On October 22, 2009, KAZH became the first affiliate of VasalloVision, a new network founded by Carlos Vasallo and Miguel Banojian;[6] this followed the closure of TuVisión.

As an English-language independent station[edit]

Citing a larger advertising market, the station changed to an English-language general entertainment independent format on September 27, 2010.[7][8] The station's call sign changed to KUBE-TV on the same date.[9]

On January 18, 2013, NRJ TV announced that it would acquire KUBE-TV from New World TV Group for $19 million, as part of a two-station deal that also included San Francisco sister station KTNC-TV; following the sale's consummation, Titan Broadcast Management continues to operate the station.[10]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[11]
57.1 720p 16:9 KUBE-TV Main KUBE-TV programming
57.2 480i 4:3 LaMera La Mera TV (Spanish infomercials)
57.3 BYN BYN (in Vietnamese)
57.4 KUBE-D4 Me-TV
57.5 480i 16:9 KUBE-D5 Cozi TV

During the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, KUBE added programming from PegasusTV on subchannel 57.4;[12] this was replaced by Me-TV in 2012. Cozi TV was added to 57.5 on May 23, 2013.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KUBE-TV (as KAZH) discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 57, 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 41,[13][14][15] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming seen on KUBE include Rachael Ray, The Trisha Goddard Show, The Doctors, The Middle, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show and Community. The station also carries NCAA college football and basketball games from Southeastern Conference and Southland Conference.

As of 2014, the station also carries wrestling from Texas based promotion Reality of Wrestling[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duin, Julia (May 20, 1988). "New religious UHF station on the air". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Duin, Julia (March 30, 1989), "KLTJ to move to Channel 22", Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas): 8, Houston section 
  3. ^ KAZH-TV to lose Azteca America affiliation, Houston Business Journal, April 3, 2007.
  4. ^ Pappas Saga Turning Into Tragedy, TVNewsCheck, September 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "New World Gets Pappas TVs for $260M". TVnewsday. January 16, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "'VasalloVision Network' in Las Vegas, Nevada" (Press release). VasalloVision Television Network. January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Malone, Michael (September 13, 2010). "KAZH Houston Goes From Spanish to English". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Barron, David (September 13, 2010). "Channel 57 switching from Spanish to English". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Petry Television Signs KUBE-TV Houston". Radio Business Report/Television Business Report. 
  10. ^ NRJ Adds 2 Stations To Portfolio For $32.5M, TVNewsCheck, January 18, 2013.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUBE
  12. ^ "PegasusTV to Provide Live Broadcasts of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo". PegasusTV.org. March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  14. ^ CDBS Print
  15. ^ Consumer Watch: Stations have more DTV work to do, Houston Chronicle, February 6, 2009.
  16. ^ "ROW Announces Partnership with KUBE-TV 57". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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