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Blanco/San Antonio, Texas
United States
CityBlanco, Texas
BrandingUniMás 17
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
OwnerUnivision Communications
(UniMas Partnership San Antonio)
FoundedJuly 13, 2005
First air dateSeptember 28, 2006 (12 years ago) (2006-09-28)
Call letters' meaningNIColas Communications (former owner of former station on channel 17, KNIC-CD)
Sister station(s)TV: KWEX-DT
Former callsignsKNIC-TV (2006–2009)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 17 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliationsTeleFutura (2006–2013)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height200 m (656 ft)
Facility ID125710
Transmitter coordinates29°41′48″N 98°30′45″W / 29.69667°N 98.51250°W / 29.69667; -98.51250Coordinates: 29°41′48″N 98°30′45″W / 29.69667°N 98.51250°W / 29.69667; -98.51250
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KNIC-DT, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 18), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving San Antonio, Texas, United States that is licensed to Blanco. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with San Antonio-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station KWEX-DT (channel 41). The two stations share studios on Network Boulevard in Northwest San Antonio; KNIC's transmitter is located on Hogan Drive in Timberwood Park. Although Blanco is geographically within the Austin market, that city has its own UniMás station, KTFO-CD.

On cable, KNIC-DT is available on Charter Spectrum channel 19, and Grande Communications and AT&T U-verse channel 17.


KNIC-DT's history traces back to the March 1991 sign-on of K17BY, a low-power television station that San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) was issued a construction permit to build on March 23, 1988; operating on UHF channel 17, Clear Channel sold the station in March 1991 to Nicolas Communications. In November 1997, the station changed its calls to KNIC-LP (in reference to its owners); Nicolas Communications sold KNIC-CA in November 2001 (the station received approval to upgrade its license to Class A status that same month) to Univision Communications, a sale that was completed in January 2002; that month, it became a charter affiliate of Univision's secondary network, TeleFutura (which relaunched as UniMás on January 7, 2013).

Univision had applied for a license to build a full-power television station in 2000 on UHF channel 52 in Blanco; after the Federal Communications Commission awarded Univision the license at auction, Univision requested that the FCC move the allocation to UHF channel 17; the request was granted in February 2003.[1] KNIC-TV was founded on July 13, 2005. The formal application for KNIC-TV called for Univision to either move KNIC-CA to another channel, or to shut it down outright,[2] KNIC-CA moved to channel 34 under special temporary authorization, before it ceased operations on September 28, 2006. KNIC-DT was one of the few television stations to have been built and signed on by Univision Communications.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
17.1 1080i 16:9 KNIC-DT Main KNIC-DT programming / UniMás
17.3 480i ESCAPE Escape
17.4 4:3 LAFF Laff

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. KNIC-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 17, on June 12, 2009. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 18,[4] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2006-12-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  4. ^ "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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