KFFV

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KFFV
SeattleTacoma, Washington
United States
CitySeattle, Washington
BrandingMeTV Seattle
ChannelsDigital: 44 (UHF)
(to move to 16 (UHF))
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
Affiliations44.1: MeTV
44.2: Movies!
44.3: Heroes & Icons
44.4: Decades
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting
(KFFV-TV LLC)
First air dateJanuary 1, 1999 (19 years ago) (1999-01-01)
Call letters' meaningChannel Forty-FiVe (former analog/virtual channel allocation)
Sister station(s)KVOS-TV
Former callsignsKHCV (1999–2009)
KPST (2009–2010)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
45 (UHF, 1999–2009)
Former affiliationsMilitary Channel
Value Vision
FUNimation Channel
GameZnFlix Entertainment Channel (GnF-TV)
Shop at Home
Jewelry TV
Sportsman Channel
AMGTV
America One
EVINE Live
Azteca América
AAT Television
KBS World
Cozi TV
Transmitter power169 kW
48 kW (CP)
Height210 m (689 ft)
259 m (850 ft) (CP)
Facility ID49264
Transmitter coordinates47°36′55″N 122°18′33″W / 47.61528°N 122.30917°W / 47.61528; -122.30917Coordinates: 47°36′55″N 122°18′33″W / 47.61528°N 122.30917°W / 47.61528; -122.30917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
WebsiteKFFV website on MeTV.com

KFFV, virtual channel 44 (UHF digital channel 44), is a television station licensed to Seattle, Washington, United States and also serving Tacoma. Owned by Weigel Broadcasting, it serves as an affiliate of MeTV, Movies! and Heroes & Icons on its three digital subchannels, all of which are simulcast on its Bellingham-licensed sister station KVOS-TV (channel 12).[1] The two stations share studios on Third Avenue South in Seattle; KFFV's transmitter is located on Capitol Hill east of downtown.

History[edit]

KHCV logo, used from 2006 (ca) to 2009.

The former KHCV call letters were assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a construction permit on October 2, 1989. The station signed on the air 10 years later on January 1, 1999 on Channel 45 after many permit extensions; ten years later, the call letters became KPST.

During the week of August 11, 2006, KHCV started carrying Azteca América (now known simply as Azteca) on its analog channel 45 and on its digital channel 44-2.

On December 20, 2006, Navarre's FUNimation Entertainment announced that the FUNimation channel would be broadcast on KHCV 44-3.[2]

On March 1, 2007, KHCV started broadcasting content from GNF Entertainment Network[3] on its digital subchannels 44-3 and 44-4. 44-3 carried GNF "Game & Music" and 44-4 carried GNF "Movie".

The analog broadcast (UHF 45) had been exclusively Azteca América, while the Comcast broadcast of this channel (Channel 15) is Jewelry TV. Since September 10, 2007, the analog UHF channel 45 appears to have carried the Jewelry TV content which is the same as the digital UHF channel 44-1 and Comcast channel 15.

On October 15, 2007, programming from AAT Television started broadcasting on digital channel 44-3.

On April 19, 2008, it appears that the America One content on channel 44-4 was replaced by Sportsman Channel; it was later replaced with MBC-D, a Korean television channel.

On November 13, 2008, KHCV filed for a request for silent state for its analog signal.[4]

KPST logo

On September 28, 2009, KHCV became KPST. On December 22, 2009, KPST went silent. The station was evicted from its studios and its STL link couldn't be operated from the new location. KPST hoped to have the station up and running within a few weeks.[5][6] The station resumed broadcasting on February 4, 2010. During that time, KPST aired only infomercials on its main channel, 24 hours a day.[7]

KFFV's logo as "K44," used circa 2011

The call letters were changed to KFFV on November 15, 2010. The station was purchased at bankruptcy auction by OTA Broadcasting on June 30, 2011;[8] the sale was completed on October 12.

KFFV's logo used circa 2013

In January 2013, WeatherNation was added to channel 44.5. It was later replaced by Cozi TV.

On March 12, 2015, KFFV's sister station KVOS-TV's main channel, MeTV, had "soft-launched" to sub-channel 44-6.[9]

Weigel Broadcasting agreed to acquire KFFV and KVOS-TV, along with KAXT-CD and KTLN-TV in San Francisco, in a $23.2 million deal on October 18, 2017.[10] The sale was closed on January 15, 2018, with KFFV and KVOS now under Weigel ownership.[11]

On January 17, 2018, Weigel terminated KFFV's carriage agreements with the networks aired under OTA ownership, and switched to a near-duplication of KVOS' services, with MeTV replacing Evine on channel 44.1, Movies! replacing Azteca América on 44.2, and AAT replaced by H&I on 44.3 (AAT moved to KUSE-LD4).[1] Azteca, Cozi TV, and KBS World have yet to find new channel locations in Seattle.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[12]
44.1 720p 16:9 KFFV-HD MeTV
44.2 480i Movies Movies!
44.3 Heroes H&I
44.4 Decades

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b KVOS TV (2018-01-12). "KVOS TV". Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  2. ^ FUNimation Channel in Seattle
  3. ^ GNF Entertainment Signs Affiliate Agreement with Full Power Station KHCV for Digital Channel Carriage in Seattle, Washington
  4. ^ http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101274792&formid=910&fac_num=49264
  5. ^ FCC Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA
  6. ^ NW Broadcasters
  7. ^ KPST schedule
  8. ^ "Troubled Seattle indy TV sold at auction (dead link)". Television Business Report. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  9. ^ KVOS TV
  10. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  11. ^ KVOS Turns Its Back On Canadian Advertisers at Fraser Valley News Network
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFFV

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