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KTFQ-TV, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 16), is a UniMás-affiliated television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and also serving the state capital of Santa Fe. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, which also operates Univision-owned station KLUZ-TV (channel 14) under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. The two stations share studios on Broadbent Parkway in northeastern Albuquerque; KTFQ's transmitter is located on Sandia Crest.
|Albuquerque–Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|City||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Branding||UniMás Nuevo México|
|Channels||Digital: 16 (UHF)|
Virtual: 41 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||41.1: UniMás (2013–present)|
|Licensee||Entravision Holdings, LLC|
|First air date||April 1999|
|Call sign meaning||TeleFutura AlbuQuerque|
|Former call signs||KAPX (1999–2003)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
14 (UHF, 1999–2009)
22 (UHF, 2009–2017)
42 (UHF, 2017–2019)
14 (PSIP, 2009–2017)
|Former affiliations||Pax TV (1999–2003)|
|Transmitter power||350 kW|
|Height||1,255 m (4,117 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
In 1997, Paxson Communications was awarded a construction permit for a new station on channel 14, which was previously used by KGSW-TV from 1981 to 1993; in April 1999, it signed on as KAPX, airing programming from the family-oriented Pax TV (later i: Independent Television, now Ion Television) from 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., along with infomercials during the day and The Worship Network during the overnight hours. Pax would subsequently cut its programming hours from 4 to 11 p.m., and later 5 to 11 p.m., due to financial problems at Paxson. The company then chose to sell some of its stations, including KAPX; in 2003, Univision bought the station, and that June relaunched channel 14 as Telefutura (now UniMás) affiliate KTFQ. The network was previously seen in Albuquerque on KTFA-LP (channel 48), which switched to HSN. Programming from The Worship Network continued to air overnights on KTFQ for several years afterward.
On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, KTFQ and sister station KLUZ swapped channel numbers, with KTFQ moving to digital channel 42 and virtual channel 41.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|41.1||1080i||16:9||KTFQ-HD||Main KTFQ-TV programming / UniMás|
|41.3||HSN||HSN (KTFA-LP channel 48)|
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997. The station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on June 12, 2009, which is the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KTFQ-TV was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). KTFQ has been assigned channel 22 for its digital broadcast. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.