KPBS, virtual channel 15 (UHF digital channel 30), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to San Diego, California, United States. Owned by San Diego State University as part of KPBS Public Media, it is a sister station to NPR member KPBS-FM (89.5 MHz). The two outlets share studios on the SDSU campus on Campanile Drive in San Diego. The TV station's transmitter is located on San Miguel Mountain in southwestern San Diego County.
On cable, KPBS is available in standard definition on Cox Communications, Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 11 and Cablemás channel 146. It is also available in high-definition on Cox digital channel 1011, Spectrum digital channel 711, AT&T U-verse channel 1011 and Izzi Baja California digital channel 93. The only time KPBS' over-the-air channel 15 placement is mentioned at all is during the rare times the station signs on or off.
In 1960, San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate a non-commercial educational television station to serve San Diego. The station first signed on the air on June 25, 1967 as KEBS-TV. The station was originally a member of National Educational Television (NET) before becoming a member of PBS when it launched on October 6, 1970, at which time the station changed its call letters to KPBS. Despite the calls, which mimic the callsign schemes used by stations owned by ABC, NBC and CBS in New York City and Los Angeles, it is not an owned-and-operated station (nor is similarly-named WPBS in Watertown, New York), as PBS cannot own or operate any of its member stations or regional member networks due to the service's local and non-profit nature. The KPBS callsign reflects the station's affiliation and programming, but not any special status within PBS.
On January 1, 2011, when Los Angeles' longtime PBS station KCET ended its membership, KPBS began to be carried on cable providers in the Bakersfield market, alongside fellow PBS stations KVCR-DT in San Bernardino and KVPT in Fresno. It is also one of three PBS member stations that serve the Palm Springs market, alongside KVCR-DT and KOCE-TV in Huntington Beach (which succeeded KCET as Los Angeles' primary PBS member station). As with most other PBS members, KPBS carries nationally distributed programs from PBS, American Public Television (APT) and other distributors.
KPBS started broadcasting digital television on November 21, 2001. On June 12, 2009, the station turned off its analog signal over UHF channel 15 in accordance with the federal mandate for transitioning television broadcast from analog to digital. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 30. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 15.
|TV stations in California|
| KOCE, Los Angeles|
KVCR, Los Angeles
|TV Stations in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area|
|English stations||Spanish stations|
|KZTC-LP 7 (SBN)||XHJK-TDT 1 (A1)|
|KFMB 8 (CBS)||XHCTTI-TDT 3 (Imagen)|
|KGTV/KZSD-LP 10 (ABC)||XETV-TDT 6 (Canal 5)|
|KPBS 15 (PBS)||XHTJB-TDT 11 (Once)|
|KVSD-LD 26 (Ind)||XEWT-TDT 12 (Televisa Regional)|
|KNSD 39 (NBC)||KBNT-CD 17 (UNI)|
|KSKT-CD 43 (Ind)||XHTIT-TDT 21 (A7)|
|KUSI 51 (Ind)||KSDX-LD 29 (ESTRELLA)|
|KSWB 69 (Fox)||XHAS-TDT 33 (AZA)|
|KDTF-LD 36 (UMas)|
|XHBJ-TDT 45 (Nu9ve)|
|KUAN-LD 48 (TLM)|
|XHDTV-TDT 49 (Milenio)|
|KSDY-LD 50 (Nuestra Vision)|
|XHUAA-TDT 57 (Las Estrellas)|
|K09YL-D 9 (Multimedios/Tr3s)|
|K35DG-D 35 (UCSD TV)|
|KSEX-CD 42 (Info)|