KTFK-DT

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KTFK-DT
KTFK64 logo 2013.jpg
StocktonSacramentoModesto, California
United States
CityStockton, California
ChannelsDigital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 64
BrandingUniMás 64
Programming
Affiliations19.2: Univision (O&O)
58.3: Estrella TV
64.1: UniMás (O&O)
64.3: GetTV
64.4: Grit
64.5: Digi TV (soon)
Ownership
OwnerUnivision Communications
(UniMas Sacramento LLC)
KUVS-DT
KEZT-CD
History
First air date
November 12, 1987
Former call signs
KFTL (1987–2004)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
64 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Digital:
62 (UHF, until 2009)
Independent (1987–2004)
Call sign meaning
TeleFutura K
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID20871
ERP850 kW
HAAT595 m (1,952 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°14′24″N 121°30′7″W / 38.24000°N 121.50194°W / 38.24000; -121.50194
Translator(s)KUVS-DT 64.2 (18.2 UHF) Modesto
KEZT-CD 23.2 (UHF) Sacramento
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebsiteUniMás

KTFK-DT, virtual channel 64 (UHF digital channel 26), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Sacramento, California, United States that is licensed to Stockton. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Modesto-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station KUVS-DT, channel 19 (and its Sacramento-licensed translator KEZT-CD, channel 23). The two stations share studios on Arden Way near Cal Expo in Sacramento; KTFK's transmitter is located near Walnut Grove.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on November 12, 1987 as KFTL, operating as an independent station; it was founded and owned by Family Radio, a non-profit organization headed by Harold Camping that ran traditional non-commercial Christian radio stations and over the years taught conservative Calvinistic reformed Christian theology.

Because of the lack of available programming from the syndication market that complies with Family Radio's programming philosophy, KFTL instead ran religious programming about six hours a day, with programming from the Home Shopping Network filling the remainder of the schedule.

In the late 1990s, it began running a few hours of public domain movies and sitcoms each day. Family Radio never grew into television as planned; as a result, the organization sold KFTL in 2003 to Univision Communications, which turned it into a Spanish-language station as an owned-and-operated station of Telefutura (which was relaunched as UniMás in January 2013). The station also modified its call letters to KTFK.

Family Radio later bought a San Francisco low-power station, K30BI, which now carries the call letters KCNZ-CD. Initially, KCNZ-CD was reprogrammed and carried similar programming to what aired on the former KFTL.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
19.2 720p 16:9 KUVS-HD Simulcast of KUVS-DT / Univision
58.3 480i KQCA-D3 ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KQCA-DT3 / Estrella TV
64.1 720p KTFK-DT Main KTFK-DT programming / UniMás
64.3 480i 4:3 getTV GetTV
64.4 16:9 GRIT Grit
64.5 DIGI-TV Digi TV (launches September 27, 2021)

On September 27, 2021, KTFK will launch a new digital network called Digi TV on their fifth subchannel (64.5). [2]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTFK-TV ended transmission of analog television over UHF channel 64 on May 8, 2009, due to equipment failure, and informed the FCC there was insufficient time before the June 12 shutoff to do repairs.[3] Although losing its analog transmitter, KTFK continued digital broadcasting on its transitional digital channel 62, until the June 12 cutoff. On June 13, 2009 it began broadcasting on its permanent DTV channel, UHF channel 26.[4]

As part of the analog-to-digital transition, KTFK-TV moved its broadcast location from an antenna on Mount Diablo, which it shared with KTNC-TV, to an antenna on the KXTV/KOVR candelabra in Walnut Grove. This move was necessary because transmissions from Mount Diablo can be received in both the San Francisco and Sacramento markets, and there were no channels remaining for KTFK to use that would be free of interference in both markets. Moving broadcasting to Walnut Grove prevented potential interference with San Francisco Bay Area stations.[5]

Newscasts[edit]

Sister station KUVS-DT formerly produced an hour-long extension of its morning newscast, but this has since been dropped.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTFK
  2. ^ "What is Digi TV? Mysterious new broadcast network tied to foreign company surfaces". The Desk. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  3. ^ http://www.avsforum.com/forum/45-local-hdtv-info-reception/397256-sacramento-ca-ota-246.html#post16556111
  4. ^ http://transition.fcc.gov/dtv/markets/signal-loss-report.pdf
  5. ^ KTFK Statement in Support of Third Round DTV Channel Election

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