KVMD

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KVMD
KVMD 23.jpg
Twentynine Palms/Los Angeles, California
United States
CityTwentynine Palms, California
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKSMV-LD 31 (23 UHF) Los Angeles
KIMG-LD 31 (23 UHF) Ventura
AffiliationsLATV
OwnerKVMD TV, LLC
(Ronald Ulloa)
First air dateDecember 1, 1997 (20 years ago) (1997-12-01)
Sister station(s)KXLA, KJLA
Former channel number(s)Analog:
31 (UHF, 1997–2003)
Former affiliationsAmerica One (1997–2003)
Independent (2003–2008)
Armenian-Russian Television Network (2008–2017)
Almavision (2017)
Transmitter power150 kW
Height784 m (2,572 ft)
Facility ID16729
Transmitter coordinates34°2′16.8″N 116°48′49.9″W / 34.038000°N 116.813861°W / 34.038000; -116.813861
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS

KVMD, virtual channel 31 (UHF digital channel 23), is a LATV-affiliated television station licensed to Twentynine Palms, California, United States.[1] Station owner Ronald Ulloa is also president and majority owner of Rancho Palos Verdes-licensed independent station KXLA (channel 44).

KVMD's transmitter is located atop Snow Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains, north of Banning, California. Its broadcast signal covers most of the area within the Inland Empire.[1]

KVMD's signal is relayed by two low-power translators: KSMV-LD in Los Angeles and KIMG-LD in Ventura, both of which also broadcast on digital channel 23 and virtual channel 31. The station is carried throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable television systems. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel.

The station broadcasts digitally on 10 subchannels. KVMD is dedicated to providing free over-the-air programming to minority groups in southern California. Currently, programming is offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Armenian.

History[edit]

On December 1, 1997, KVMD launched on analog channel 31 with America One programming. Its original analog signal was weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. However, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its location on the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must-carry rules.

On July 29, 2002, its digital signal went on the air on channel 23. This signal is much stronger, potentially reaching 80 times as many viewers over the air as its analog signal, and covering most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches much of Los Angeles, Orange and northern San Diego counties.

On June 1, 2003, KVMD became the first station in the country to shut off its analog channel and go digital-only, in support of the government-mandated digital transition.

On June 1, 2008, KVMD started to air ARTN Armenian programming every night. On August 31, 2017, KVMD discontinued ARTN programming and moved to cable-only; KVMD also switched to Almavision programming.

In December 2017, it was announced that the station will become the Los Angeles market's LATV affiliate on January 1, 2018, replacing KJLA. This became the market's new Azteca América affiliate.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
31.1 720p 16:9 KVMD-DT Main KVMD-DT programming / LATV
31.2 480i HTTV HTTV USA (Mandarin)
31.3 CCVA Tele Vida Abundante (Spanish religious)
31.4 GDTV GDTV World American Edition (Cantonese/Mandarin)
31.5 US NAt U.S. National TV (Cantonese/Mandarin)
31.6 IJC Iglesia de Jesucristo Canaan (Spanish religious)
31.7 GraceTV Spanish religious
31.8 WCETV WCETV / CCTV-4 (Mandarin)
31.9 CRTV Tele Vida Abundante (Spanish religious)
31.10 CRTV Spanish infomercials

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "KVMD TV LOS ANGELES". www.kvmdtv.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". rabbitears.info.

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