KBTF-CD

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KBTF-CD
KBTF31.png
Bakersfield, California
United States
BrandingUniMás 31
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
Subchannels31.1 UniMás
31.2 GetTV
31.3 Escape
OwnerUnivision Communications
(UniMas Bakersfield LLC)
First air dateApril 14, 1995
Call letters' meaningBakersfield TeleFutura
Sister station(s)KUVI-DT, KABE-CD, KTFF-DT
Former callsignsKABE-CA, KABE-LP, K39AB
Former affiliationsUnivision (until 2004)
Transmitter power14.9 kW
Height1,058.2 m (3,472 ft)
Facility ID34438
Transmitter coordinates35°27′15″N 118°35′38″W / 35.45417°N 118.59389°W / 35.45417; -118.59389
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

KBTF-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 31, is a low-powered, Class A UniMás owned-and-operated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, it is a sister station to Class A Univision owned-and-operated station KABE-CD (channel 39), and Justice Network affiliate KUVI-DT (channel 45). The three stations share studios on Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield; KBTF-CD's transmitter is located atop Breckenridge Mountain.

In addition to its own digital signal, KBTF-CD is simulcast in high definition on the third digital subchannel of KUVI (UHF channel 45.3 or virtual channel 31.4 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Mount Adelaide.

History[edit]

Univision acquired the channel 39 license during 1995. Univision later moved the frequency to channel 31 in 1998 and it was renamed “KABE-LP Univision 31.” It served as a repeated for KSUV-LP and was co-branded as “Univision KSUV 39 & KABE 31.” Univision’s original station in Bakersfield, KSUV-LP (channel 39, now KABE-CA) became a charter station of TeleFutura when it was launched in 2002 and was renamed “KBTF-LP TeleFutura 39.” Univision remained on channel 31 branded as “KABE Univision 31.” In 2004 the station swapped callsigns with KBTF-LP and became the new KABE-LP while TeleFutura moved to channel 31. During 2014 the station obtained Class A status.

Overview[edit]

KTFB initially broadcast in analog on channel 4, until September 1, 2015, when the FCC mandated the end of class A analog broadcasting. It is simulcast in digital on a subchannel of KUVI-DT RF channel 45 and maps to virtual channel 31-3. On February 3, 2014 KBTF added a subchannel, broadcasting Get TV on virtual channel 31-2. Escape is seen on 31.3. The station is not available on DirecTV in Bakersfield alongside KABE-CA for unknown reasons but the national feeds for Univision and UniMas is available on DirecTV.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
31.1 1080i 16:9 KBTF-CD Main KBTF-CD programming / UniMas
31.2 480i 4:3 GetTV
31.3 16:9 Escape

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