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KDTV-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 20), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Francisco, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Vallejo-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KFSF-DT (channel 66). The two stations share studios on Zanker Road near the North San Jose Innovation District in San Jose; KDTV's transmitter is located on Mount Allison in Fremont.

KDTV-CD (virtual channel 28, UHF digital channel 21) in Santa Rosa operates as a Class A translator of KDTV relaying the station's signal into the northern half of the market; this station's transmitter is located atop Mount Saint Helena.

History[]

The station first signed on the air on August 13, 1975 as an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (the predecessor of Univision), broadcasting on UHF channel 60; it was the Bay Area's first exclusively Spanish-language television station. It was originally owned by a local group headed by Spanish International Network executive Reynold Anselmo.

In 1979, KDTV reached a deal with San Mateo-based PBS member station KCSM-TV (now KPJK, an independent non-commercial educational station) to transfer its full-power color facilities to that station; on March 5 of that year, KCSM and KDTV swapped transmitting facilities and channel assignments: KCSM moved to channel 60 and began transmitting from atop San Bruno Mountain's Radio Peak, while KDTV moved to UHF channel 14 and began transmitting from Mission Peak.

KDTV was acquired by Univision outright in 1992, turning KDTV into the market's third owned-and-operated station (behind KGO-TV, channel 7, which has been owned by ABC since it signed on in 1949, and KSTS, channel 48, which has been owned by Telemundo since 1987).

In 2016, the station moved into a new, state-of-the-art studio facility in San Jose to reduce the cost of doing business (which had become prohibitive in the city of San Francisco) and increase its focus on the expanding Hispanic population to the south in Santa Clara County. The station retains a smaller bureau in San Francisco covering news in the city, along with the northern and eastern portions of the region.

KDTV-DT digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
14.1 720p 16:9 KDTV-DT Main KDTV-DT programming / Univision
14.2 KDTV [Blank]
14.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
14.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery

KDTV-CD digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
28.1 720p 16:9 KDTV-CD Main KDTV-CD programming / Univision
28.2 KFSF-D2 Simulcast of KFSF-DT / UniMás
28.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
28.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery
28.5 Crime Simulcast of KFSF-DT5 / Justice Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KDTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 51, using PSIP to display KDTV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.

News operation[]

KDTV presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Enrique Gratas, former anchor of Univision's late night newscast Noticiero Univision Última Hora, was the original anchor of KDTV's newscasts when the station launched. In November 2007, KDTV had the highest-rated newscast in the Bay Area among adults 25 to 54 in the 6 p.m. timeslot. This was the first occurrence in the market in which a Spanish-language news program earned higher ratings than those of its English-language counterparts.

In November 2011, KDTV introduced a new set, as well as standardized graphics package used by its Univision-owned news-producing sister stations. With the change, KDTV began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. On August 8, 2014 the station struck a news partnership with KGO-TV to share news content and cross-promote its newscasts. KDTV is the second Univision station to have a partnership with an ABC station, following a similar arrangement between Philadelphia sister station WUVP-TV and WPVI-TV.