|El Paso, Texas
|Channels||Digital: 51 (UHF)
Virtual: 65 (PSIP)
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||June 22, 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleFutura Network (former affiliation)|
|Sister station(s)||TV: KINT-TV
Radio: KHRO, KINT-FM, KOFX, KYSE
|Former callsigns||KJLF-TV (1991–1998)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
65 (UHF, 1991–2009)
The WB (1995–2002)
|Transmitter power||250 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTFN, virtual channel 65 (UHF digital channel 51), is a UniMás-affiliated television station located in El Paso, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Entravision Communications Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Univision affiliate KINT-TV (channel 26). The two stations share studio facilities located on North Mesa Street/Highway 20 in northwest El Paso, and its transmitter is located atop the Franklin Mountains on the El Paso city limits. On cable, the station is available on Time Warner Cable channel 5.
The station first signed on the air on June 22, 1991 as KJLF-TV; it originally served as an English language outlet, formatted as religious independent station. The station was founded by Pete E. Meryl Warren III – who had signed on KCIK-TV (channel 14, now KFOX-TV) in August 1979 – and was run by the Warren family, with John Warren serving as the station manager. Initially, KJLF-TV ran mostly Christian-oriented programs mixed with several hours of secular programs such as sporting and hunting shows, westerns, some older sitcoms, public domain movies and low-budget barter cartoons. Gradually, the religious programming decreased and was replaced with more classic sitcoms and cartoons, causing the station to evolve into a more traditional independent.
KJLF became a charter affiliate of The WB upon the network's launch on January 11, 1995. The station was sold to White Knight Broadcasting in 1998; afterward, its call letters were changed to KKWB (in reference to the station's network affiliation). After KMAZ (channel 48, now KTDO) dropped its affiliation with UPN and switched to Telemundo in 1998, KKWB began carrying UPN programming as a secondary affiliation and acquired many of the syndicated programs that were part of KMAZ's inventory.
The station was sold to the Entravision Communications Corporation in 2001; on January 29, 2002, the station became an affiliate of TeleFutura (the forerunner of UniMás) and changed its callsign to KTFN in reflection of its new affiliation. After the switch, WB network programming was only available in El Paso by way of the network's Los Angeles affiliate KTLA – which was carried on Time Warner Cable in the area – for the remainder of its run (The WB ceased operations in September 2006 and merged its programming with competing network UPN as part of a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Time Warner to form The CW, whose affiliate is KVIA-TV (channel 7), which carries the network on its second digital subchannel).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|65.1||1080i||16:9||KTFN-HD||Main KTFN programming / UniMás|
On July 8, 2012, KTFN announced that it would begin airing newfound TeleFutura competitor MundoFox (now MundoMax) on digital subchannel 65.2, when the network formally launched on August 13, 2012. However, the station began carrying the network upon MundoFox's soft launch two weeks earlier on August 1.
KTFN shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 65, 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 51. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 65, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
After regular programming was discontinued on its analog signal, the station, as well as sister station KINT-TV, 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.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTFN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.