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KFTU-CD, virtual channel 34 (UHF digital channel 18), is a low-power Class A television station licensed to Tucson that rebroadcasts KFTU-DT's signal to the city, as KFTU's coverage area falls well short of Tucson proper. KFTU-DT is also rebroadcast on KUVE-DT's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market; this signal can be seen on UHF channel 34.2 (or virtual channel 46.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Mount Bigelow. Likewise, KUVE is rebroadcast on KFTU's second digital subchannel. Master control and most internal operations for KFTU-DT and KUVE are based at the facilities of sister station KTVW-DT on 30th Street in southern Phoenix.

History[]

KFTU-CD began with an original construction permit granted on August 26, 1991 to Ponyland Broadcasting (later Venture Technologies) for a low-power television station to serve Tucson on UHF channel 25 with the callsign K25EA. Delays building the station caused the permit to lapse and the FCC to delete the callsign in 1993, but the station was restored and came on the air in August 1994, with the initial license granted August 29, 1994. The station changed its callsign to KTAZ-LP (for Tucson AZ) on December 18, 1996. In April 2001, Venture Technologies sold the station to Douglas Broadcasting, who, in turn, sold the station to Univision in September 2001. After the Telefutura network launched in January 2002, Univision dropped the station's Home Shopping Network affiliation in favor of its new network. About the same time, KTAZ was granted Class A status, and changed its call letters to KTAZ-CA on March 1, 2002. KTAZ found itself displaced when Fox affiliate KMSB (channel 11) neared launch of its digital television station on UHF channel 25, and in May 2002, applied to move to UHF channel 34. The application was granted in June, and by December 2002, the station was at its new broadcast channel. Univision changed the station's call letters to KFTU-CA on November 6, 2004, establishing brand identity with its principal station in Douglas. The station's call sign was changed again on March 19, 2012, concurrent with its transition to digital broadcasting.

Digital television[]

Digital channels[]

The station digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
34.1 1080i 16:9 KFTU-CD Main KFTU-DT/KFTU-CD programming / UniMás
34.2 720p KUVE-D2 Simulcast of KUVE-DT / Univision

Former Digital Channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
34.1 1080i 16:9 KFTU-CD Main KFTU-DT/KFTU-CD programming / UniMás
34.2 KUVE-D2 Simulcast of KUVE-DT / Univision
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