|Mesquite / Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
|Channels||Digital: 50 (UHF)|
|Owner||London Broadcasting, LLC|
|Founded||August 7, 1997|
|Sister station(s)||K31GL-D, KHPK-LD, KJJM, KODF-LD|
|Former callsigns||K60EM (1991-1996)
|Former channel number(s)||60 (1997-2005)|
KATA-CD is a Class A digital television station affiliated with Shop LC, owned and operated by London Broadcasting, LLC. It broadcasts on Channel 50 and licensed to Mesquite, Texas. KATA is available through Charter Communications (Channel 93) and Verizon Fios (Channel 24). It is not yet available to DirecTV and Dish Network customers at this time.
This station's digital channel is multiplexed:
On June 4, 2009, KATA-CA ceased analog broadcasting and switched over to digital. The station's call sign was changed to KATA-CD on July 8, 2009.
The station began its broadcasting activities on Channel 60 as a repeater for former FamilyNet affiliate K46EV (now KJJM-LD) until it picked up a new affiliate with the former America's Voice network until that network's end in 2000. On October 3, 2005, KATA was made a Class A Station, moved its broadcasts to channel 50, and switched affiliates to the English version of Almavision. After a few missteps the English network was dropped. In early 2006, KATA became a flagship station for the Mexico-based Multimedios Televisión network.
KATA went off the air briefly in late 2007. In February 2008, however, it returned to the airwaves as an MTV Tr3́s affiliate. Sometime in 2012, Tr3́s was replaced by LATV.
In June 2013, KATA-CD was sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations.
It was announced on April 13, 2017, that KATA-CD will be one of many stations ceasing operations as part of the FCC's latest Spectrum repack sometime in late 2018.
- Seyler, Dave (June 24, 2013). "Anatomy of an LPTV deal extravaganza". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- 987 Stations Displaced, 175 Broadcasters to Split $10 Billion - TV Technology (published April 13, 2017)