|Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado|
|City||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Slogan||Dare to Defy|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
|Translators||KXRM-DT 21.2 (22.4 UHF) Colorado Springs|
|Affiliations||57.1: The CW (2006-present)|
57.2: Bounce TV
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group|
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|Founded||May 3, 1999|
|First air date||November 5, 1999|
|Call letters' meaning||KX = KXRM (sister station)|
TU (2) may refer to this sister station status
|Former callsigns||K57HR (1999, CP only)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
57 (UHF, 1999-2010)
|Transmitter power||1.5 kW|
|Height||649 m (2,129 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KXTU-LD, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered CW-affiliated television station licensed to Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States and also serving Pueblo. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to Fox affiliate KXRM-TV (channel 21). The two stations share studios on Wooten Road in Colorado Springs; KXTU-LD's transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain.
Since 2008, the station has been simulcast in standard definition on KXRM's second digital subchannel. This signal increases KXTU's broadcasting radius; KXTU did not convert to digital until 2010, and even in digital, its coverage area is effectively limited to El Paso and Pueblo counties.
Unlike most other low-powered stations, KXTU is available to viewers on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as on cable systems throughout southern Colorado. This is because under the retransmission consent portion of the must-carry rules, KXRM has the right to require cable and satellite providers to carry KXTU as part of the compensation for carrying KXRM.
In early 2012, the station moved from channel 57 to channel 20 and rebranded from CW 57 to SOCO CW.
On August 20, 2014, Sinclair announced that it would sell KXRM-TV and KXTU-LD, along with WTTA in Tampa Bay, to Media General in a swap for WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, WLUK-TV and WCWF in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and WTGS in Savannah, Georgia. The swap is part of Media General's merger with LIN Media. The sale was completed on December 19. A condition of the sale maintained the station's affiliation with Sinclair's American Sports Network package of college sports.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|57.1||1080i||16:9||KXTU CW||Main KXTU-LD programming / The CW|
The station carried programming from MundoFox/MundoMax on its second subchannnel throughout its three-year existence from August 2013 until December 2016.
Unlike its sister station, KXTU does not air newscasts, but during a breaking news event or weather bump, it simulcasts KXRM's newscasts.
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