KINT-TV

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KINT-TV
KINT26.png
El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico/
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
United States/Mexico
CityEl Paso, Texas
BrandingUnivision 26 (general)
Noticias 26 Univision (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
Affiliations26.1: Univision (1987–present)
26.2: Grit
26.3: LATV
26.4: Bounce TV
OwnerEntravision Communications
LicenseeEntravision Holdings, LLC
First air dateMay 5, 1984 (35 years ago) (1984-05-05)
Call sign meaningINTernacional
Sister station(s)TV: KTFN
Radio: KHRO, KINT-FM, KOFX, KYSE
Former channel number(s)Analog:
26 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Former affiliationsSIN (1984–1987)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height439.1 m (1,441 ft)
Facility ID51708
Transmitter coordinates31°47′46″N 106°28′59″W / 31.79611°N 106.48306°W / 31.79611; -106.48306
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitenoticiasya.com/el-paso/

KINT-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 25), is a Univision-affiliated television station licensed to El Paso, Texas, United States and also serving Las Cruces, New Mexico. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, as part of a duopoly with UniMás affiliate KTFN (channel 65). The two stations share studios on North Mesa Street/Highway 20 in northwest El Paso; KINT's transmitter is located atop the Franklin Mountains on the El Paso city limits.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on May 5, 1984; it was founded by a consortium of local businessmen including Larry Daniels (former manager of KROD-TV (channel 4, now KDBC-TV), and owner of KINT radio (1590 AM, now KELP and 97.5 FM, now at 93.9) as well as other businesses) and Jose Angel Silva Sr., owner of a grocery store in downtown El Paso. The consortium originally planned to assign KEHB-TV as the station's call letters, but it was changed to KINT (standing for "K-Internacional") prior to sign on. For many years, it was the only Spanish-language television station in the El Paso market.

El Paso is divided by a prominent natural ridge (part of the Franklin Mountains), where all of the U.S.-based television stations in the market maintain their transmitter towers and antennas. There are four general sites ranging from 600 to 1,800 feet (180 to 550 m) above average terrain, the 300-foot (91 m) self-supporting tower just above Scenic Drive (long used by KVIA-TV (channel 7)), the "Old Channel 4" site with a 288-foot (88 m) tower first used by KROD-TV), the "New 4 site", Channel 0, and ch. 14 (used by KFOX-TV). In founding the station, Daniels worked out a partnership between KDBC-TV and Larry Gallatin's two-way company. A new 440-foot (130 m) self-supporting tower was put up, with channel 4 at its top, channel 26's being side-mounted, on a 100 feet (30 m) tower that was long vacant (now occupied by radio station KSII (93.1 FM) and KINT-FM) and two-way space at the bottom.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
26.1 1080i 16:9 KINT-HD Main KINT-TV programming / Univision
26.2 480i KINT-SD Grit
26.3 LATV
26.4 Bounce TV

On March 16, 2010, KINT's main channel was upgraded to 1080i high definition in order to allow the carriage of Univision programming produced in the format. The station also added a second digital subchannel, carrying a simulcast of sister station KTFN. On December 3, 2010, the KTFN simulcast was replaced with LATV on KINT subchannel 26.2 and KTFN digital channel 65.2. The following week, the SD simulcast of KTFN was restored on the second subchannels of both stations, with LATV being moved to digital subchannels 26.3 and 65.3. For a brief period prior to the digital television transition, the station's second digital subchannel falsely identified itself as "KINT-HD," while it was still only available in 480i standard definition. As of June 12, they have corrected the problem.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KINT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 26, at noon 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 25.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 26. After regular programming was discontinued on its analog signal, the station, as well as sister station KTFN, transmitted a repeated crawl in Spanish informing viewers about the digital transition and advising viewers of their options to continue receiving programming, which ran until KINT permanently ceased analog transmissions at 11:59 p.m.

News operation[edit]

KINT-TV presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Newscasts for the MidlandOdessa and San Angelo markets are broadcast live from the station's studio located at 5426 North Mesa in El Paso.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KINT
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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