|San Diego, California|
|Branding||Univision San Diego|
|Channels||Digital: 24 (UHF)|
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
|Translators||KTCD-LP 46 (UHF) San Diego|
KHAX-LP 49 (UHF) Vista
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||February 14, 1989|
|Sister station(s)||KDTF-LD, XHAS-TDT, XHDTV-TDT|
|Former callsigns||K17DI (1992-2000)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
17 (UHF, 1998-2013)
25 (UHF, 2013-2019)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||219.8 m (721 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KBNT-CD, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 24), is a low-powered, Class A Univision-affiliated television station licensed to San Diego, California, United States. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to UniMás affiliate KDTF-LD (channel 51), Azteca América affiliate XHAS-TDT (channel 33), and Milenio Televisión affiliate XHDTV-TDT (channel 49). The latter two stations are owned by Mexican-based Televisora Alco, which is 40% owned by Entravision. All four stations share studios on Ruffin Road in San Diego's Kearny Mesa section; KBNT-CD's transmitter is located on Mount Soledad in La Jolla.
KBNT opened on May 19, 1987, as K19BN San Diego, owned by Cabrillo Broadcasting Corporation. The station obtained the Univision affiliation from Televisa-owned XEWT Tijuana on January 1, 1990. The station obtained its call signal, KBNT-TV. At that time, San Diegans could receive the station only through cable television, because its weak broadcast signal could not reach the city proper. The station increased its transmitting power, boosting its signal. While still not reaching San Diego proper, it could be picked up in Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Fallbrook.
On December 3, 1992, another low-power was created in San Diego. K17DI, owned by Community Broadcasting Co. of San Diego. It was a simulcast of Los Angeles-based KWHY-TV. Its transmitter facilities were originally based on Palomar Mountain, some 45 miles (72 km) north of the center of San Diego. It broadcast with a power of 11.9 kW, covering a major part of the city.
K19BN became KBNT-LP on August 22, 1997. That same year, ownership switched from Cabrillo to Entravision.
On June 28, 2000, major changes took place at Univision San Diego. The Univision affiliation switched from channel 19 (closed in 2001) to channel 17 (obtaining the KBNT-LP callsign and bought by Entravision), allowing Univision to reach San Diego, National City and Chula Vista over the air. This allowed The WB affiliate (now Fox) KSWB-TV (channel 69) to operate on digital channel 19.
The new KBNT-LP added KHAX-LP as its relay station, extending its coverage to the north. In 2002, KBNT-LP upgraded to Class A status, becoming KBNT-CA. KHAX-LP was sold to Entravision at the same time. The station's relay in La Jolla, KNSD-LP 62, was shut down in 2007. That signal was leased to Entravision by KNSD owners Station Venture Operations, L.P. (operated as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and LIN Media until LIN dropped out of the venture in February 2013).
In the fall of 2008, KBNT-CD expanded again to a three-repeater operation, when KTCD-LP switched from repeating Azteca America-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV (channel 33) to KBNT.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|17.1||1080i||16:9||KBNT-DT||Main KBNT-CD programming / Univision|
KBNT-CD broadcasts five hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour each weekday); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays or Sundays. The station produces the public affairs program Perspectiva Nacional on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. The station's half-hour newscasts compete with local newscasts on Azteca-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV. The two stations share studio facilities in Entravision's building, KBNT-CD focuses more of its news content on San Diego, while XHAS focuses its newscasts more on issues affecting Tijuana (competing against locally programmed XEWT-TDT (channel 12)).