KINT-TV

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KINT-TV
Univision 26.jpg
El Paso, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
Subchannels26.1 Univision HD 1080i
26.2 (65.1) KTFN/ Telefutura SD 480i
26.3 LATV SD 480i
AffiliationsUnivision
OwnerEntravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air dateMay 5, 1984
Call letters' meaningInternacional
Sister station(s)KTFN
Former channel number(s)Analog:
26 (UHF, 1984-2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height439.1 m
Facility ID51708
Transmitter coordinates31°47′45.9″N 106°28′58.8″W / 31.796083°N 106.483°W / 31.796083; -106.483
Websitewww.univision26.com
 
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KINT-TV
Univision 26.jpg
El Paso, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
Subchannels26.1 Univision HD 1080i
26.2 (65.1) KTFN/ Telefutura SD 480i
26.3 LATV SD 480i
AffiliationsUnivision
OwnerEntravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air dateMay 5, 1984
Call letters' meaningInternacional
Sister station(s)KTFN
Former channel number(s)Analog:
26 (UHF, 1984-2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height439.1 m
Facility ID51708
Transmitter coordinates31°47′45.9″N 106°28′58.8″W / 31.796083°N 106.483°W / 31.796083; -106.483
Websitewww.univision26.com

KINT-TV, channel 26 (digital 25), is a Univision affiliate based in El Paso, Texas. It is owned by Entravision, and is a sister station to Telefutura affiliate KTFN. KINT-TV signed on the air on May 5, 1984. For many years, it was the only Spanish TV station in El Paso.

KINT was founded by a consortium of local businessmen including Larry Daniels (one time manager of KROD-TV, owner of KINT AM/FM radio, and owner of other businesses.) and E.H. Bayesa, owner of a downtown grocery store. KEHB-TV was the station's original callsign though it was never used on the air. The letters were changed to KINT (TV) standing for "K-Internacional".

El Paso is divided by a prominent natural ridge (part of the Franklin Mountains) where all of the US based TV stations have their towers and antennas. There are four general sites ranging from 600 to 1,800 feet (550 m) above average terrain, the 300-foot (91 m) self supporting tower just above Scenic Drive (long time ch7/ch13), the "Old Channel 4" site with a 288-foot (88 m) tower first used by channel 4 KROD-TV (aka KDBC-TV), the "New 4 site", Channel 0, and ch 14. For the new KINT-TV Daniels worked out a partnership between KDBC-TV, KINT-TV 26 and Larry Gallatin's two way company. A new 440-foot (130 m) self supporting tower was put up, with channnel 4 at its top, channel 26 side mounted, 100 feet (30 m) that was long vacant (now occupied by 93.1 KSII and 93.9 KINT-FM) and two way space at the bottom.

KINT-TV has operated out of studios at 5426 North Mesa since its beginning. The Chief Engineer has been Alfredo Durand since sign on.

Before its sign-on, the call letters KINT were assigned to an AM station on 1590 kHz and popular FM radio station (KINT-FM 97.5), billing itself as "Kint 98" during the disco era of the 1970s.

The station is carried on Time Warner Cable channel 2 and HD channel 885.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

SubchannelProgramming
26.1Main KINT-TV programming / Univision HD
26.2Main KTFN programming / TeleFutura SD
26.3Additional LATV programming / LATV SD

For a brief period, the subchannel falsely Identified itself As KINT-HD, when they were only available in 480i an SDTV Resolution, and had been doing it for months. As of June 12, they have corrected the problem.

On March 16, 2010 KINT-TV started broadcasting in 1080i HD and airing Univision HD Programming. they also Added 26.2 broadcasting KTFN programming. On December 3, 2010, the KTFN programming is replaced with LATV in the subchannels: 26.2 and 65.2. In the next week, the KTFN programming re-took the subchannels: 26.2 and 65.2, and LATV is moved to the subchannels: 26.3 and 65.3.

Analog shutdown

On June 12, 2009 at 12:00 P.M. MDT, KINT-TV ceased analog programming, due to the mandated analog television shutdown and digital conversion. After that, the station, along with its sister station KTFN, broadcast a repeated crawl in Spanish informing viewers about the analog shut-down and advising viewers of their options. This graphic repeated constantly until 11:59 P.M., when KINT ceased analog operations. Additionally, KINT-TV will remain on its current digital tier channel 25, using PSIP to display KINT-TV's virtual channel as 26.

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