|El Centro, California/Yuma, Arizona
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||June 1996|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1996–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KVYE ("Univision 7") is a full-service television station in El Centro, California, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 22. It is owned by Entravision and serves as the Univision affiliate for the Imperial Valley and the lower Colorado River valley, including Yuma, Arizona. KVYE is also an affiliate of LATV, which it airs on its second subchannel.
Channel 7 was KXO-TV from inception in 1968 to 1986, it was a bilingual independent TV station. The current station began as a construction permit, granted on August 3, 1989 to La Paz Wireless, and was given the call sign KLXO in 1991. La Paz had difficulty getting the station to air, allowing the construction permit to expire several times. In March 1994, the FCC dismissed the permit, but restored it five days later. La Paz changed the station's call sign to KVYE on February 19, 1996 and in June, brought the station on air under a local marketing agreement with Entravision to operate the station as a Univision affiliate. On March 15, 1998, Entravision bought La Paz Wireless outright and obtained the initial license for the station on November 26, 1999, more than ten years after the station began construction. In 2010, KVYE added LATV on channel 7.2, after KYMA dropped the network in late 2009.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||1080i||16:9||KVYE-DT||Main KVYE programming / Univision|
KVYE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 22. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.
While the vast majority of Univision stations brand themselves with double digit numbers, KVYE is currently the only single-digit branded Univision station in the US, using virtual channel 7.
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- "S-1 SEC Filing". 1996-06-19. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KVYE
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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