KETF-CD digital channel 39.1 is a low-powered, dual UniMás/Azteca América-affiliated television station licensed to Laredo, Texas. Owned by Entravision Communications, the station effectively acts as a satellite of McAllen-based KFXV-LD, which serves the Rio Grande Valley to the southeast, with much of its news coverage outside of Laredeo-specific segments originating from McAllen.

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Laredo, Texas
United States
BrandingUniMás Laredo
SloganLive, Local, Latebreaking (news)
ChannelsDigital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
AffiliationsUniMás (CD1)
Azteca América (CD4)
OwnerEntravision Communications
FoundedJuly 10, 1995
Call sign meaningEntravision TeleFutura
(former name of UniMás, affiliation for sister station KXOF-CD)
Sister station(s)KLDO-TV
KXOF-CD
Former call signsK39EL (1995–1999)
KNEZ-LP (1999–2007)
KXOF-CA (2007–2013)
KXOF-CD (2013–2018)
Former affiliationsTBN Enlace USA (to March 2007)
MundoFox/MundoMax (DT2, 2012–2016)
Fox/MyNetworkTV (DT1, 2016–2018)

The station also carries the market's Azteca América affiliation on their fourth subchannel, often duplicating programming found on Nuevo Laredo-based Azteca Uno station XHLNA-TDT.

HistoryEdit

Under the ownership of "Aracelia Ortiz, Executrix of the Estate Of Carlos Ortiz" (co-founders of La Familia Network and Fe-TV), it broadcast programming from TBN Enlace USA 24 hours a day, as KNEZ-LP. In March 2007, the station was acquired by Entravision Communications Corporation, owners of KLDO-TV and KETF-CD, with the intent to affiliate the station with the Fox network. In July 2007, Entravision changed the station's callsign to KXOF-CA and began to air Fox programming.

Beginning in September 1995, Fox programming was carried on XHFTX-TV (now XHLAR-TV, a secondary Televisa affiliate), replacing both Foxnet and then-San Antonio affiliate KRRT on cable systems across the American side of the market. After XHFTX-TV's affiliation with Fox expired in February 2002, that station reduced its cable coverage to the Mexican side of the market. At that time, Time Warner Cable systems on the American side of the market began carrying the network's programming through KABB (which served the market's far northern areas); with the July 2007 affiliation switch, KABB was removed from the provider's lineup due to FCC rules.

On August 1, 2012, KXOF-CA shutdown its analog signal and started broadcasting Fox in high definition on virtual channel 39.1 and MundoFox in standard definition virtual channel 39.2. MundoFox, which rebranded to MundoMax in 2015, shut down November 30, 2016. In February 2017, KXOF-CD began to carry Azteca America on 39.2; prior to this affiliation, Azteca America was seen in the market solely through carriage of the network's national feed on Time Warner Cable.[1]

KXOF-CD and sister station KETF-CD swapped call letters on December 13, 2018.[2][3] At that time, the then-UniMás-affiliated KXOF-CD (formerly KETF-CD) swapped their .1 affiliation with their co-owned then dual Fox/MyNetworkTV and Azteca América affiliated KETF-CD (formerly KXOF-CD); as a result, KETF-CD now serves as the market's dual UniMás/Azteca América-affiliated station while, meanwhile, the market's Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliate retains its KXOF-CD call letters.[4][5]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
39.1 1080i 16:9 Unimas Main KETF-CD programming / UniMás
39.2 480i Comet Comet
39.3 Charge Charge!
39.4 720p Azteca KETF-CD4 / Azteca América

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 6, 2017). "Azteca America Adds New Affiliate in San Diego Market". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History (KETF-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History (KXOF-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KETF-CD
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXOF-CD
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KETF-CD

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 27°30′01″N 99°26′56″W / 27.5004°N 99.4490°W / 27.5004; -99.4490