KNVO, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Univision-affiliated television station licensed McAllen, Texas, United States and serving the Rio Grande Valley metropolitan area. Owned by Entravision Communications (minority owned by Univision's parent, Univision Communications), it is a sister station to Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliates KFXV-LD and KXFX-CD, The CW Plus affiliate KCWT-CD and UniMás affiliate KTFV-CD; Entravision also operates Mexican station (and also a CW Plus affiliate) XHRIO-TDT. The five stations share studio facilities located in the Entravision Building, on North Jackson Road, in McAllen;[2] KNVO's transmitter is located on Farm to Market Road 493, near Donna.


The Federal Communications Commission granted an original construction permit on October 9, 1983, to build a television station licensed in McAllen.[3] Originally, the station was approved for 4071 kW to broadcast on UHF channel 48,[4] but was later changed to 3162 kW on April 16, 1992.[5][6] The station made its debut on October 12, 1992.[7] During station's first years on the air, KNVO quickly becomes the highest-rated station in the market.[8]

In 1996, LS Broadcasting, Ltd., Mundo Vision Broadcasting Company and Larry Safir (the owners of the station) station sold the licensee of KNVO to Entravision Communications for $24,8 million.[8][9][2] Sale was completed on January 24, 1997.[2]

On October 11, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permit to construct the station's digital facilities (requested in 1999).[2] The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2006, and was granted a license on June 26, 2007.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
48.11080i16:9KNVO-DTMain KNVO programming / Univision
48.2480i4:3KNVO-2Simulcast of KTFV-CD / UniMás
48.4KNVO-4Simulcast of KCWT-CD / The CW Plus

Analog-to-digital conversion

KNVO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 48, on June 12, 2009,[2] the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 48.

News operation

KNVO's newscast debuted in 1999.[7] The station presently broadcasts 7 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 1 hour on weekdays, and 1 hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In September 2010, KNVO started broadcasting local news in high definition.[2]

As of 2012, KNVO was the second highest-rated newscast in the market, behind ABC affiliate KRGV-TV (channel 5).[2]

In early December 2015, Entravision cancelled the morning newscasts in all of its stations in the United States (included local program Alegre Despertar).[2]