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San Diego, California
City of license KBNT-CA/KTCD-LP: San Diego, California
KHAX-LP:Vista, California
Branding Univision 17
Channels Analog: KBNT-CA: 17 (UHF)
Digital: 51-1 (UHF)
Affiliations Univision
Owner Entravision Communications Corporation
Founded KBNT-CA: 1989
KHAX-LP: January 31, 1990
Former callsigns KBNT-CA: KBNT-LP (2000-2002)
KSZR-LP (2000)
K17DI (1992-2000)
KHAX-LP: K49BV (1990-1995)
Former channel number(s) 19 (original channel)
62 (KNSD-LP)
Transmitter Power KBNT-CA: 11.9 kW
KHAX-LP: 0.045 kW
Height KBNT-CA: 78 meters
KHAX-LP: 331 meters
Class KBNT-CA: Class A
Facility ID KBNT-CA: 4035
KHAX-LP: 70394
Transmitter Coordinates KBNT-CA: 32°41′40″N 117°7′17″W / 32.69444°N 117.12139°W / 32.69444; -117.12139
KHAX-LP: 33°12′53″N 117°11′15″W / 33.21472°N 117.1875°W / 33.21472; -117.1875

KBNT-CA is a Spanish language television station in San Diego, California. KBNT is based in Kearny Mesa, and is owned by Entravision Communications. KBNT's programming is also broadcast on KTCD-LP in San Diego and KHAX-LP in Vista, California.

KBNT-CA was launched in 1989 on channel 19, with a transmitter on Palomar Mountain, some 45 miles north of the center of San Diego. The original KBNT offices were in Mira Mesa. At that time, San Diegans could receive the channel only by cable, because its weak broadcast signal could not reach the city. Eventually the station increased its transmitting power and its signal, while still not reaching San Diego proper, could be picked up in Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, and Fallbrook.

In 1994, KBNT reached an agreement with KNSD to retransmit its programs on KNSD-LP channel 62 in La Jolla, and some years later on channel 17 National City, allowing the signal to reach San Diego, National City, and Chula Vista.

The original channel 19 went off the air (now the digital channel for KSWB-TV), retaining the signal on channel 17, and adding a signal on channel 49, KHAX-LP, in northern San Diego county. The channel 62 signal, KNSD-LP, has since left the air; it is unknown when KNSD-LP ceased operations. That signal was leased to Entravision by LIN TV and NBC Universal, the co-owners of KNSD-TV.

In Fall of 2008, KBNT expanded again to a three-repeater operation, when KTCD-LP switched from Telemundo affiliate XHAS-TV to KBNT.

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