|Twentynine Palms/Los Angeles, California|
|City||Twentynine Palms, California|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)|
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
|Translators||KSMV-LD 31 (23 UHF) Los Angeles|
KIMG-LD 31 (23 UHF) Ventura
|Owner||KVMD TV, LLC|
|First air date||December 1, 1997|
|Sister station(s)||KXLA, KJLA|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
31 (UHF, 1997–2003)
|Former affiliations||America One (1997–2003)|
Armenian-Russian Television Network (2008–2017)
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
|Height||784 m (2,572 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KVMD, virtual channel 31 (UHF digital channel 23), is a LATV-affiliated television station licensed to Twentynine Palms, California, United States. Station owner Ronald Ulloa is also president and majority owner of Rancho Palos Verdes-licensed independent station KXLA (channel 44).
KVMD's signal is relayed by two low-power translators: KSMV-LD in Los Angeles and KIMG-LD in Ventura, both of which also broadcast on digital channel 23 and virtual channel 31. The station is carried throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable television systems. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel.
The station broadcasts digitally on 10 subchannels. KVMD is dedicated to providing free over-the-air programming to minority groups in southern California. Currently, programming is offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Armenian.
On December 1, 1997, KVMD launched on analog channel 31 with America One programming. Its original analog signal was weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. However, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its location on the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and Federal Communications Commission (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 covering most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches much of Los Angeles, Orange and northern San Diego counties.
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.
On June 1, 2008, KVMD started to air ARTN Armenian programming every night. On August 31, 2017, KVMD discontinued ARTN programming and moved to cable-only; KVMD also switched to Almavision programming.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|31.1||720p||16:9||KVMD-DT||Main KVMD-DT programming / LATV|
|31.2||480i||HTTV||HTTV USA (Mandarin)|
|31.3||CCVA||Tele Vida Abundante (Spanish religious)|
|31.4||GDTV||GDTV World America (Cantonese/Mandarin)|
|31.5||US NAt||U.S. National TV (Cantonese/Mandarin)|
|31.6||IJC||Iglesia de Jesucristo Canaan (Spanish religious)|
|31.8||WCETV||WCETV / CCTV-4 (Mandarin)|
|31.9||CRTV||Tele Vida Abundante (Spanish religious)|
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVMD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSMV-LD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVMD-TV
- "L.A. DTV Spat Could be a Test Case", Multichannel News, December 16, 2002
- 2006 FCC petition requesting mandatory carriage under "must-carry" rules