Blanco/San Antonio, Texas
United States
Branding UniMás 17
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 UniMás
Affiliations UniMás (O&O)
Owner Univision Communications
(UniMas Partnership San Antonio)
Founded July 13, 2005
First air date September 28, 2006
Call letters' meaning from former station on channel 17, KNIC-CA
Sister station(s) TV: KWEX-DT
Former callsigns KNIC-TV (2006–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliations TeleFutura (2006–2013)
Transmitter power 400 kW
Height 200 m
Facility ID 125710
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website UniMás

KNIC-DT, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 18, is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving San Antonio, Texas, United States that is licensed to Blanco. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Univision owned-and-operated station KWEX-DT (channel 41). The two stations share studio facilities located on Durango Boulevard in the Southtown district of downtown San Antonio; KNIC-DT maintains transmitter facilities located on Hogan Drive in Timberwood Park.


  • History 1
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channel 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


KNIC-DT's history traces back to the March 1991 sign-on of K17BY, a low-power television station that San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications was issued a construction permit to build on March 23, 1988; operating on UHF channel 17, Clear Channel sold the station in March 1991 to Nicolas Communications. In November 1997, the station changed its calls to KNIC-LP (in reference to its owners); Nicolas Communications sold KNIC-CA in November 2001 (the station received approval to upgrade its license to Class A status that same month) to Univision Communications, a sale that was completed in January 2002; that month, it became a charter affiliate of Univision's secondary network, TeleFutura (which relaunched as UniMás on February 7, 2013).

Univision had applied for a license to build a full-power television station in 2000 on UHF channel 52 in Blanco; after the Federal Communications Commission awarded Univision the license at auction, Univison requested that the FCC move the allocation to UHF channel 17; the request was granted in February 2003.[1] KNIC-TV was founded on July 13, 2005. The formal application for KNIC-TV called for Univision to either move KNIC-CA to another channel, or to shut it down outright,[2] KNIC-CA moved to channel 34 under special temporary authorization, before it ceased operations on September 28, 2006. KNIC-DT was one of the few television stations to have been built and signed on by Univision Communications.

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
17.1 1080i 16:9 KNIC-DT Main KNIC-DT programming / UniMás

Analog-to-digital conversion

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [3], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital television conversion period for full-service stations, KNIC-TV turned off its analog signal and turned on its digital signal. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 18, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNIC

External links

  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KNIC-DT
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNIC-DT