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KTFF-DT, virtual channel 61 (UHF digital channel 23), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Fresno, California, United States that is licensed to Porterville. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Hanford-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station KFTV-DT (channel 21). The two stations share studios on Univision Plaza near the corner of North Palm and West Herndon avenues in northwestern Fresno; KTFF's transmitter is located on Blue Ridge in rural northwestern Tulare County.

The station's programming is relayed to the northern half of the market on low-powered translator station KTFF-LD (virtual channel 41, UHF digital channel 31) in Fresno, with transmitter on Bald Mountain near Meadow Lakes. It is also simulcast in high-definition on KFTV-DT's sixth digital subchannel (virtual and UHF channel 21.6) from a separate transmitter on Bald Mountain.


History[]

The station first signed on the air on May 6, 1992 as KKAK; originally operating as an independent station, the station aired a mix of infomercials, religious and home shopping programs. The station changed its call letters to KKAG in 1994. In 1998, KKAG was sold to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks). On August 31 of that year, the station became an owned-and-operated station of Paxson's family-oriented television network Pax TV upon its launch, and changed its call letters to KPXF. In 2003, Paxson sold KPXF to Univision Communications, creating a duopoly with Univision O&O KFTV (channel 21); after the sale was finalized, the station's calls were changed to KTFF, it also became an owned-and-operated station of Univision's secondary network TeleFutura (which relaunched as UniMás on February 7, 2013).

Univision subsequently purchased Shop at Home affiliate KAJA-LP (channel 68, now on channel 41) from Cocola Broadcasting to become a fill-in translator for KTFF, adopting the KTFF-LD call letters (ironically, the KAJA calls are currently used as a brand name for low-power station K68DJ in Corpus Christi, Texas, which also broadcasts on UHF channel 68).

In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order concerning KTFF and former owner Paxson Communications, denying a review of the sale of KTFF to Univision; it also implemented a deal with Christian Network, Inc. (CNI), parent company of The Worship Network (which formerly carried its programming on Pax TV's stations as both a late night block and later as a dedicated subchannel service), giving the religious broadcaster the right to program KTFF seven days a week from 1 to 6 a.m. In addition, the station was required to provide a digital channel for CNI's exclusive use (so long as certain conditions are met), after KTFF signed on its digital signal, if it used two or more subchannel slots.[citation needed] However, as of 2014, KTFF broadcasts UniMás programming full-time, though the date the station stopped carrying The Worship Network is unknown. It is also unknown if the discontinuance is tied to Pax's successor, Ion Television, ending carriage of The Worship Network in 2010.

Digital television[]

Digital channels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

KTFF-DT digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
61.1 1080i 16:9 KTFF-HD Main KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD programming / UniMás
61.2 720p KFTV-HD Simulcast of KFTV-DT / Univision
61.3 480i Quest Quest
61.4 4:3 DIGI-TV Digi TV (launches September 27, 2021)

On September 27, 2021, KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD will launch a new digital network called Digi TV on their fourth subchannel (61.4/41.4).

KTFF-LD digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
41.1 1080i 16:9 KTFF-LD Main KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD programming / UniMás
41.2 720p KFTV-D2 Simulcast of KFTV-DT / Univision
41.3 480i Quest Quest
41.4 4:3 DIGI-TV Digi TV (launches September 27, 2021)

Former KTFF-DT digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
61.1 720p 16:9 KTFF-DT Main KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD programming / UniMás
61.2 KFTV-D2 Simulcast of KFTV-DT / Univision
61.3 480i Quest Quest

Former KTFF-LD digital channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
41.1 720p 16:9 KTFF-DT Main KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD programming / UniMás
41.2 KFTV-D2 Simulcast of KFTV-DT / Univision
41.3 480i Quest Quest

Translator[]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Fresno KTFF-LD 31 15 kW 565 m (1,854 ft) 23272 37°4′21.8″N119°25′54.4″W

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KTFF-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 61, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Spectrum auction repack[]

KTFF-DT is one of nearly 1,000 television stations that were required to change their digital channel allocation in the spectrum auction repack in late 2017 or early 2018. KTFF was to reallocate its digital signal to UHF channel 23 in phase one of the repack. The FCC licensed the station to broadcast on channel 23 on December 20, 2018.

TV stations in California
Azteca América UniMás Telemundo Univision Other stations
KMSG-LD2, Fresno KBTF-CD/KTFB-CA, Bakersfield KKEY-LP, Bakersfield KVER-CD, Indio KVMM-CD, Santa Barbara KVMD, Twentynine Palms KCBT-LD, Bakersfield KZMM-CD, Fresno
KVYE-DT2, El Centro KEVC-CD, Indio KUNA-LP, Indio KVYE, El Centro KSDX-LD, San Diego KWHY, Los Angeles
XHAS-TDT, Tijuana/San Diego KKTF-LD, Chico KION, Monterey KDTV-DT/KDTV-CD, San Francisco/Santa Rosa KGMC, Merced
KRHT-LD, Redding KDJT-CD, Monterey KNVN-DT2, Chico KBNT-CD, San Diego KQCA-DT3, Stockton
KSBO-CD, San Luis Obispo KTSB-CD, Santa Maria KCSO-LD/KMUM-CD/KMMW-LD, Sacramento/Stockton KUVS, Sacramento KRCA, Riverside
KBBV-CD, Bakersfield KFTR, Ontario KTAS, San Luis Obispo KFTV, Hanford
KMCE-LD, Monterey KDTF-LD, San Diego KSTS, San Jose KUCO-LD, Chico
KSAO-LD, Sacramento KAJB, Calipatria KUAN-LD, Poway KEUV-LP, Eureka
KEMO, San Francisco KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD, Porterville/Fresno KNSO, Clovis KMEX, Los Angeles
KJLA, Ventura KTFK, Stockton KVEA, Corona KPMR, Santa Barbara
KFSF, Vallejo KABE-CD, Bakersfield
KSMS, Monterey
TV stations in Central California, including Fresno and Visalia
KVHF-LD 4 (VBC GUIDE)
KAIL 7 (TCT)
KFAZ-CA 8 (Decades)
K17JI-D 12 (3ABN)
KVBC-LP 13 (CourtTV)
KHSC-LP 16 (KJOI-LP)
KVPT 18 (PBS)
KFTV 21 (UNI)
KZMM-CD 22 (Ind)
KSEE 24 (NBC)
KMPH 26 (Fox)
KJKZ-LP 27 (KKDJ)
KFSN 30 (ABC)
KBID-LP 31 (Euronews)
KJEO-LD 32 (NUESTRA)
KGOF-LD 32 (HMONG)
KSDI-LD 33 (Telemax)
KMCF-LD 35 (LATV)
KGMC 43 (ESTRELLA)
KGPE 47 (CBS)
KNXT 49 (Ind)
KNSO 51 (TLM)
KMSG-LD 53 (MNTV)
KFRE 59 (CW)
KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD 61/41 (UMas)
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