|Castle Rock/Denver, Colorado
|City||Castle Rock, Colorado|
|Branding||Estrella TV KETD 53|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 53 (PSIP)
(KRCA License LLC)
|First air date||July 1, 1990|
|Call letters' meaning||Estrella
|Former callsigns||KWHD (1990–2010)|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Former affiliations||LeSEA (main channel, 1990–2010)|
|Transmitter power||300 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KETD, virtual channel 53 (UHF digital channel 46), is an Estrella TV owned-and-operated television station serving Denver, Colorado, United States that is licensed to Castle Rock. The station is owned by Liberman Broadcasting. KETD maintains offices located on East Jamison Circle in Englewood, and its transmitter is located on Mount Morrison in western Jefferson County.
The station first signed on the air on July 1, 1990 as KWHD. Founded by the LeSea Broadcasting Corporation, the station carried a mix of Christian-targeted programs, family-oriented syndicated programs and movies. Christian programming aired for much of the broadcast day, with breakaway windows for secular programming (including sitcoms, westerns and public domain movies) each weekday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a scattered amount for a few hours a day on Saturdays, which included a morning children's program block, and a schedule consisting entirely of Christian-oriented religious programs on Sundays. By 2008, KWHD claimed to be "the only full-time, commercial, independent TV station in Colorado." Its schedule by this point was split between family-oriented secular programming and local sports programming 40% of the time and Christian religious programs for the remaining 60% of the broadcast day outside of Sundays.
On January 28, 2010, LeSEA announced that it would sell KWHD to Liberman Broadcasting. On June 1, 2010, the station became an owned-and-operated station of the Liberman-owned Estrella TV and changed its call letters to KETD. As part of the deal, KETD agreed to lease its second digital subchannel to LeSEA to continue carrying its programming (which is also carried on the station's former semi-translator KWHS-LD in Colorado Springs, which LeSEA continues to own).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|53.1||720p||16:9||KETD-ES||Main KETD programming / Estrella TV|
|53.2||480i||4:3||KETD-D2||Simulcast of KWHS-LD|
KETD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 41, on January 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 46. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 53, 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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