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KNIC-DT, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 18), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving San Antonio, Texas, United States that is licensed to Blanco. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with San Antonio-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station KWEX-DT (channel 41). The two stations share studios on Network Boulevard in Northwest San Antonio; KNIC's transmitter is located on Hogan Drive in Timberwood Park. Although Blanco is geographically within the Austin market, that city has its own UniMás station, KTFO-CD.

On cable, KNIC-DT is available on Charter Spectrum channel 19, and Grande Communications and AT&T U-verse channel 17.

History[]

KNIC-DT's history traces back to the March 1991 sign-on of K17BY, a low-power television station that San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) was issued a construction permit to build on March 23, 1988; operating on UHF channel 17, Clear Channel sold the station in March 1991 to Nicolas Communications. In November 1997, the station changed its calls to KNIC-LP (in reference to its owners); Nicolas Communications sold KNIC-CA in November 2001 (the station received approval to upgrade its license to Class A status that same month) to Univision Communications, a sale that was completed in January 2002; that month, it became a charter affiliate of Univision's secondary network, TeleFutura (which relaunched as UniMás on January 7, 2013).

Univision had applied for a license to build a full-power television station in 2000 on UHF channel 52 in Blanco; after the Federal Communications Commission awarded Univision the license at auction, Univision requested that the FCC move the allocation to UHF channel 17; the request was granted in February 2003. KNIC-TV was founded on July 13, 2005. The formal application for KNIC-TV called for Univision to either move KNIC-CA to another channel, or to shut it down outright, KNIC-CA moved to channel 34 under special temporary authorization, before it ceased operations on September 28, 2006. KNIC-DT was one of the few television stations to have been built and signed on by Univision Communications.

Digital television[]

Digital channels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
17.1 1080i 16:9 KNIC-DT Main KNIC-DT programming / UniMás
17.2 720p KWEX-D2 Simulcast of KWEX-DT / Univision
17.3 480i MYSTERY Court TV Mystery
17.4 LAFF Laff
17.5 4:3 DIGI-TV Digi TV

Former Digital Channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
17.1 1080i 16:9 KNIC-DT Main KNIC-DT programming / UniMás
17.2 720p KWEX-D2 Simulcast of KWEX-DT / Univision
17.3 480i MYSTERY Court TV Mystery
17.4 LAFF Laff

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. KNIC-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 17, on June 12, 2009. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 18, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.

TV stations in Texas
Telemundo Azteca América UniMás Univision Other
KBTX-DT3, Bryan KVIA-DT4, El Paso KNIC, Blanco KUPB, Midland K24GP, Lubbock KTSM-DT2, El Paso
KTLE-LD, Odessa KVAT-LD, Garfleld KXOF-CD, Laredo KUNU-LD, Victoria K26KJ-D, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua-El Paso, TX KLMV-LD, Laredo
KGNS-DT3, Laredo KVDF-CD, San Antonio KTFO-CD, Austin KUVN, Garland KHLM-LD, Houston KVAW, Eagle Pass
KWTX-DT2, Waco KETF-CD2, Laredo KTFV-CD, McAllen KINT, El Paso K17MJ-D, San Antonio KMPX, Decatur
KEYU, Borger KYAZ, Katy KEUS-LD, San Angelo KLDO, Laredo K20JT-D, Corpus Christi KWDA-LD, Dallas
KTAB-DT2, Abilene KAZD, Lake Dallas KCRP-CD, Corpus Christi KORO, Corpus Christi KZHO-LD, Lake Jackson
KXTX, Dallas KNWS-LP, Brownsville KSTR, Irving KANG-LP, San Angelo KTBU, Conroe
KTLM, Rio Grande City KTFN, El Paso KWEX, San Antonio KETK-DT2, Jacksonville
KEYE-DT2, Austin KFTH, Alvin KXLN, Rosenberg KZJL, Houston
KTMD, Galveston KNVO, McAllen KVUE-DT2, Austin
K47DF-D, Corpus Christi KBZO-LD, Lubbock KMBH, Harlingen
KVDA, San Antonio KAKW, Killeen
TV stations in inland South Texas, including San Antonio
KCWX 2 (MNTV)
WOAI 4 (NBC)
KENS 5 (CBS)
KVFW-LD 6 (Ind)
KLRN 9 (PBS)
KYVV 10 (GRIT)
KSAT 12 (ABC)
K27LF-D 14 (3ABN)
KNIC 17 (UMas)
KOBS-LD 19 (BOUNCE)
KRTX-LP 20 (HEARTLAND)
KHCE 23 (TBN)
KVAW 24 (Ind)
KGMM-CD 24 (Info)
KPXL 26 (Ion)
KABB 29 (Fox)
KVDF-CD 31 (AZA)
KMYS 35 (Dabl)
KISA-LD 40 (QVC)
KWEX 41 (UNI)
KQVE-LP 46 (Daystar)
KVDA 60 (TLM)
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