|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 59 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||59.1 - Ion HD (720p)
59.2 - qubo (480i)
59.3 - Ion Life (480i)
59.4 - Ion Shop (480i)
59.5 - QVC
59.6 - HSN
|Translators||KPXH-LD 25 (UHF)
|Owner||Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Denver License, Inc.)
|First air date||September 2, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||PaX Colorado|
|Former callsigns||KUBD (1987–1998)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
59 (UHF, 1987–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent/Financial News Network (1987–1989)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KPXC-TV, virtual channel 59 (UHF digital channel 43), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. The station maintains offices located on South Jamaica Court in Aurora, and its transmitter is located in rural southwestern Weld County, east of Frederick. On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 17 and in high definition on digital channel 659. It's also available on Century Link PRISM channel 68 & high definition channel 1068.
The station first signed on the air on September 10, 1987 as KUBD. Originally operating as an independent station, the station aired financial news programming from the Financial News Network during the daytime hours and ran a general entertainment schedule at night. In 1989, KUBD became the original Denver area affiliate of the Spanish language network Telemundo. FNN ceased operations two years later, when it was absorbed by CNBC. In 1995, KUBD was sold by its original ownership group (which included satellite TV entrepreneur Charlie Ergen) to Christian Network, Inc. (CNI), a non-profit organization co-founded by Bud Paxson, for $6.5 million. The CNI stations, including KUBD, were sold to Paxson Communications (the forerunner of Ion Media Networks) in 1996.
The station changed its call letters to KPXC-TV on February 2, 1998; KPXC became a charter owned-and-operated station of Paxson's new family-oriented broadcast network Pax TV (now Ion Television) when the network launched on August 31, 1998. In 2001, KPXC obtained the local television rights to carry select NHL games featuring the Colorado Avalanche; the deal to broadcast the games ended in 2003.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Network|
KPXC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 59, 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 43. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 59, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
In September 2001, as part of its joint sales agreement with that station (the result of an overall deal between Pax TV and NBC), KPXC-TV began airing tape delayed rebroadcasts of NBC affiliate KUSA-TV (channel 9)'s 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts each Monday through Friday evening at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. (the latter beginning shortly before that program's live broadcast ended on KUSA). The news rebroadcasts ended on June 30, 2005, when the network's other news share agreements with major network affiliates throughout the United States were terminated upon the network's rebranding as i: Independent Television, as a result of the network's financial troubles.
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- "APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF A CORPORATE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE, OR FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE OR PERMIT OF TV OR FM TRANSLATOR STATION OR LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION (KPXH-LD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 23, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KPXC
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.