KFFV, virtual channel 44 (UHF digital channel 44), is a television station licensed to Seattle, Washington, United States and also serving Tacoma. Owned by Weigel Broadcasting, it serves as an affiliate of MeTV, Movies!, Heroes & Icons and Decades on its four digital subchannels, all of which are simulcast on its Bellingham-licensed sister station KVOS-TV (channel 12). The two stations share studios on Third Avenue South in Seattle; KFFV's transmitter is located on Capitol Hill east of downtown.
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The former KHCV call letters were assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a construction permit on October 2, 1989. The station signed on the air 10 years later on January 1, 1999 on Channel 45 after many permit extensions; ten years later, the call letters became KPST.
During the week of August 11, 2006, KHCV started carrying Azteca América on its analog channel 45 and on its digital channel 44-2.
On December 20, 2006, Navarre's FUNimation Entertainment announced that the FUNimation channel would be broadcast on KHCV 44-3.
On March 1, 2007, KHCV started broadcasting content from GNF Entertainment Network on its digital subchannels 44-3 and 44-4. 44-3 carried GNF "Game & Music" and 44-4 carried GNF "Movie".
The analog broadcast (UHF 45) had been exclusively Azteca América, while the Comcast broadcast of this channel (Channel 15) is Jewelry TV. Since September 10, 2007, the analog UHF channel 45 appears to have carried the Jewelry TV content which is the same as the digital UHF channel 44-1 and Comcast channel 15.
On October 15, 2007, programming from AAT Television started broadcasting on digital channel 44-3.
On April 19, 2008, it appears that the America One content on channel 44-4 was replaced by Sportsman Channel; it was later replaced with MBC-D, a Korean television channel.
On November 13, 2008, KHCV filed for a request for silent state for its analog signal.
On September 28, 2009, KHCV became KPST. On December 22, 2009, KPST went silent. The station was evicted from its studios and its STL link couldn't be operated from the new location. KPST hoped to have the station up and running within a few weeks. The station resumed broadcasting on February 4, 2010. During that time, KPST aired only infomercials on its main channel, 24 hours a day.
The call letters were changed to KFFV on November 15, 2010. The station was purchased at bankruptcy auction by OTA Broadcasting on June 30, 2011; the sale was completed on October 12.
In January 2013, WeatherNation was added to channel 44.5. It was later replaced by Cozi TV.
On March 12, 2015, KFFV's sister station KVOS-TV's main channel, MeTV, had "soft-launched" to sub-channel 44-6.
Weigel Broadcasting agreed to acquire KFFV and KVOS-TV, along with KAXT-CD and KTLN-TV in San Francisco, in a $23.2 million deal on October 18, 2017. The sale was closed on January 15, 2018, with KFFV and KVOS now under Weigel ownership.
On January 17, 2018, Weigel terminated KFFV's carriage agreements with the networks aired under OTA ownership, and switched to a near-duplication of KVOS' services, with MeTV replacing Evine on channel 44.1, Movies! replacing Azteca América on 44.2, and AAT replaced by H&I on 44.3 (AAT moved to KUSE-LD4). Azteca, Cozi TV, and KBS World have yet to find new channel locations in Seattle.
|TV stations in Washington|
|Seattle area||Spokane area||Yakima/Tri-Cities area||Portland/Vancouver area|
|KVOS, Bellingham||KQUP/KDYS-LD/KQUP-LD, Pullman/Spokane||KUNW-CD/KVVK-CA/KORK-CA, Yakima/Kennewick/Walla Walla||KOXI-CD, Camas|
|KONG, Everett||KHBA-LD, Spokane||K21JQ-D, Walla Walla||KEVE-LD, Vancouver|
|KTBW, Tacoma||K33EJ-D, Walla Walla|
|TV stations in the Puget Sound Region, including Seattle, Tacoma and Everett|
|KOMO 4 (ABC) |
KING 5 (NBC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
K08OU-D 8 (3ABN)
KCTS 9 (PBS)
KSTW 11 (CW)
KVOS 12 (H&I)
KCPQ 13 (Fox)
KCKA 15 (PBS)
KONG 16 (Ind)
KTBW 20 (TBN)
KZJO 22 (MNTV)
KBCB 24 (SBN)
KRUM-LD 24 (Ind)
KBTC 28 (PBS)
KWPX 33 (Ion)
KFFV 44 (Ind)
KUSE-LD 46 (AAT TV)
KUNS 51 (UNI)
KWDK 56 (Daystar)