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KVMD
KVMD 23.jpg
Twentynine Palms, California
Channel Digital: 23 (UHF)
Subchannels independent / ARTN (DT1)
TeleImpacto (DT2)
Raitalia (DT3)
KJLA (DT4)
Skylink (DT5)
Berea Vision (DT6)
TBWTV (DT7)
WCETV (DT8)
Affiliations KSMV-LP
KJLA
KXLA
Owner KVMD Acquisition Corporation (Ronald Ulloa)
(KVMD Licensee Company, LLC)
First air date December 1, 1997
Former channels Analog:
31 (UHF, 1997-2003)
Effective power 150 kW
Height 784 m
Facility ID 16729
Antenna coordinates 34°2′16.8″N 116°48′49.9″W / 34.038°N 116.813861°W / 34.038; -116.813861
Website www.kvmdtv.com

KVMD is a digital-only independent television station licensed to Twentynine Palms, California, USA. The broadcast signal covers most of the Inland Empire on digital UHF channel 23. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel. The station is also seen throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable TV systems.

The station broadcasts digitally on eight subchannels. Subchannel DT4 simulcasts the main channel of KJLA, and other subchannels are dedicated to programming in Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and religious programming in Spanish. KVMD's owner, Ronald Ulloa, is also president and majority owner of KXLA, and his brother Walter Ulloa owns KJLA. KVMD's programming is also carried on KXLA's digital signal on 44.2, and on KJLA's digital signal on 57.8. In order to reach viewers in the Los Angeles basin, KVMD is simulcast on KSMV-LP digital channel 23, mapped to virtual channel 31.[1]

KVMD's transmitter is located atop Snow Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains north of Banning, California.

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History

KVMD signed on in December 1, 1997 on analog channel 31. While its analog signal was rather weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable television systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its fortuitous location in the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and FCC must-carry rules.

On July 29, 2002, its digital signal went on the air on channel 23. This signal is much stronger, potentially reaching 80 times as many viewers over the air as its analog signal, and reaching most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches a good portion of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, but overlaps the signals of KTBN-TV Santa Ana/Los Angeles and XETV-TV Tijuana/San Diego, which also broadcast digitally on channel 23, thus making reception difficult in many of these areas. Although KTBN-TV has received permission from the FCC to change its digital broadcast channel from 23 to 33, other stations are considering a move to Channel 23 and KVMD is not entitled to interference protection in most of Los Angeles.

On June 1, 2003, KVMD became the first station in the country to shut off its analog channel and go digital-only, in support of the government-mandated digital transition.

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Sportscasts

KVMD had weekly coverage of basketball games from the Big West Conference from 2005 to 2008; the contract then apparently expired and was not renewed. The station also carried a limited schedule of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) games in both 2006 and 2007.

DirecTV carriage

KVMD was dropped from DirecTV's local standard-definition coverage on December 19, 2007 but returned on October 13, 2008. During the intervening period, the channel could only be picked up by those with high-definition receivers and equipment.

Digital broadcasts

While the FCC database shows that the station currently has an application pending for analog channel 53 with a much stronger signal (5,000 kilowatts), it appears to date back to 2000, prior to the digital transition, and it is unlikely that the application will ever be granted, since the FCC has announced that no television channels above 51 will be used for broadcast after the digital transition is complete [1].

Digital channels

Channel Programming
DT1 Main KVMD programming / Armenian-Russian Television Network[2] (Armenian)
DT2 TeleImpacto[3] (Spanish religious)
DT3 Raitalia[4] (Italian)
DT4 Main KJLA programming
DT5 Skylink[5] (Mandarin)
DT6 Berea Vision [6] (Spanish religious)
DT7 TBWTV[7] (Mandarin)
DT8 WCETV[8] (CCTV-4, Heilongjiang TV) (Mandarin)
DT10 Voz y Visión[9] (Spanish religious)

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