Wednesday, February 6, 2008

KTVU adds bilingual multicast channel

With the switch to digital television, local stations are able to add additional channels. The latest station to add a multichannel signal is KTVU, which today put the bilingual music/entertainment network LATV on its channel 2.2 (Comcast digital channels 188 and 622).

LATV, which has been in the LA market since 2001, hopes to reach the 18- to 34-year-old Latino with music, lifestyle and entertainment programs. KTVU is the network's 27th affiliate. Of the 840,000 households in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market, 60,000 are Hispanic, according to Broadcasting & Cable online.

Other multicasters include:
    KRON 4, which airs the Retro Television Network or RTN, featuring classic TV shows like "Hawaii 5-0," "Matlock," "Mission: Impossible" and "Streets of San Francisco."

    KBWB-TV 20, which broadcasts the Azteca America network on one of its multicast channels.

    • KQED Channel 9, which has four multicast feeds — an HD channel (9.1), "life-encore channel" (9.2), "world channel" (9.3) and a kids channel (9.5).

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