|Branding||LATV 34 Houston|
|KUGB-CD, KUVM-LD, KBMN-LD|
|Founded||August 6, 1980|
First air date
|November 30, 1981|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
55 (UHF, 1981–1989)
53 (UHF, 1989−2000)
28 (UHF, 2000–2003)
34 (UHF, 2003–2009)
34 (UHF, 2010–2019)
HSN (c. 2004−c. 2006)
Azteca América (2007−2010)
Telestai (October−November 2010)
Retro TV (DT2, 2010−2011)
Call sign meaning
|Former owner Una Vez Más|
|HAAT||298 m (978 ft)|
Public license information
KUVM-CD, virtual channel 34 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered, Class A LATV-affiliated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings. KUVM-CD's transmitter is located near Missouri City, in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County.
The station began as a construction permit in Victoria, Texas, granted to Community Television of Victoria. Planned as a translator of San Antonio television station KWEX-TV, to broadcast on UHF channel 25, the new station was almost immediately displaced by new full-service station KAVU-TV. It was instead built on UHF channel 55 and was licensed as K55CP on November 30, 1981. By 1982, it was on the air with programs from the Satellite Program Network. Community Television sold the station to Number 1 TV, Inc. on April 13, 1983, but re-acquired the station from bankruptcy in 1985. In December 1981, the station had applied to move to channel 53; the FCC granted the permit on June 30, 1988, and the station was licensed as K53CZ on channel 53 on December 29, 1989, though it remained on channel 55 well into the 1990s. The station moved to channel 28 in 2000 and adopted new calls KVIT-LP.
In the mid-2000s, the station was relocated to DeWalt, a suburb of Houston. During this time, at least c. 2006, the station showed programming from the Home Shopping Network. In 2003, the station moved to channel 34.
KUVM-CA ceased its analog signal on October 22, 2009 (Due to its low-power status, it was not required to end analog broadcasting when full-power analog broadcasting ended on June 12). Azteca América programming shifted to K10PY-D (channel 10, now KUVM-LD).
A minor change in call sign to KUVM-CD was granted on April 26, 2010.
On July 1, 2010, the FCC consented to the sale of the station to Mako Communications.
KUVM-CD returned to the air from the Missouri City tower farm in July 2010. RTV was added to 34.2 on August 26, 2010, and the Mexican Telestai network was added to 34.1 on October 12, 2010, apparently running from an Internet stream. That feed proved unstable, and Telestai was dropped in November 2010. AMGTV also aired on a subchannel from April 2011 to April 2012.
Mako Communications sold its stations, including KUVM-CD, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
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- "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Application for Authority to Construct or Make Changes in a Class A Television Broadcast Station". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
- "Broadcast Actions of April 26, 2010". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
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- "Notification of Non-consummation". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 30, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 11, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- Digital TV Market Listing for KUVM-CD