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|Tijuana, Baja California/San Diego, California
|Branding||Telemundo 33 (general)
Noticiero 33 (newscasts)
|Slogan||Te Da Más|
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(license and transmitter owned by a Mexican company)
(Tele Nacional S. de RL de CV)
|First air date||1981when?][|
|Sister station(s)||KBNT-CD, XHDTV-TDT|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
33 (UHF, 1981–2013)
|Former affiliations||Canal de las Estrellas (1981–1990)|
|Transmitter power||245 kW|
XHAS-TDT, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station serving the San Diego–Tijuana international metropolitan area that is licensed to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The station is operated by the Entravision Communications Corporation under a time brokerage agreement (with the station's license and transmitter owned by a Mexican company), and is a sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate XHDTV-TDT (channel 49), Univision affiliate KBNT-CD (channel 17) and Telefutura affiliate KDTF-LD (channel 51). All four stations share studio facilities located on Ruffin Road in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego, California, United States; XHAS maintains transmitter facilities on Mount San Antonio in Tijuana.
The station first signed on the air in 1981; it originally operated as an affiliate of the Mexico-based network Canal de las Estrellas. In 1990, XHAS switched its affiliation to the U.S.-based Spanish language network Telemundo.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|33.1||1080i||16:9||TELEMU||Main XHAS-TV programming / Telemundo|
While the United States completed its transition to full-power digital television on June 12, 2009, Mexico is making the transition to digital-only television broadcasts over several years in order from the largest population centers to the smallest; the country's digital television transition expected to be completed by December 31, 2015. XHAS-TV discontinued its analog signal on May 28, 2013, as all television stations in the Tijuana metropolitan area were required to convert to digital-exclusive broadcasts on that date.
XHAS-TV presently broadcasts five hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. The station broadcasts half-hour local newscasts each weeknight at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. While it competes with the local newscasts on Univision-affiliated sister station KBNT-CD seen in the same timeslotes, as the two stations share studio facilities in Entravision's building, XHAS focuses its newscasts more on issues affecting Tijuana (competing against locally-programmed XEWT-TDT (channel 12)), while KBNT-CD focuses more on San Diego.
Current on-air staff
- Martin Borchard - news anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Humberto Gurmilan - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Yolanda Cabellero - general assignment reporter
- Claudia Orozco - general assignment reporter
- Adriana Rodriguez - general assignment reporter
- www.telemundo33.com - XHAS-TV official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for XHAS-TV (pertains to transmitter site, which is on the California side of the market)