KSTR-DT launched on April 17, 1984 and owned by Univision Communications is a Spanish language news channel based in Irving, TX. It directly comes under the ownership of Univision Communications division Univision Local Media Subsidiary of Univision Communications. It shares duopoly with Garland-based KUVN-DT also affiliated with Univision. The two sisters have studios located on Bryan Street in downtown Dallas while transmitter is installed on south Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill.
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KSTR was established initially as KLTJ-TV on April 17, 1984 under the ownership of Eldred Thomas which also owned KVTT-FM 91.7 FM and was a religious station. It was then released to Silver King Broadcasting in early 1986. Silver was a broadcasting division of HSN. Conclusively, it became a Home Shopping Network affiliate in Sep 1986. Originally a TBN affiliate, the channel upon leaving Trinity Broadcasting Network also left Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex without a TBN linked station until the subsequent launch of KDTX five months later. KLTJ changed the calls to KHSX on June 1, 1987.
HSN: Home Shopping Network was acquired by Barry Diller on Dec 19, 1996 before also purchasing USA Network in 1997. The calls were changed to KSTR on Oct 15, 1999. It adopted the newly introduced CityVision format introduced by USA Broadcasting subsidiary of USA Network. The programs under the new format included Sister, Sister, America’s Funniest Home Videos, NewsRadio, Knight Rider, The Andy Griffith Show, The Three Stooges, The A-Team and others. The children block included Jumanji, Highlander: The Animated Series, Extreme dinosaurs, Pocket Dragon, Sonic Underground and others.
However, due to financial issues, it dropped entertainment programs of USA Broadcasting in Sep 2000 and replaced it with infomercials while kids’ programs were truncated and replaced by educational programs.
KSTR was acquired by Univision Communications on May 15, 2001 and became a TeleFutura affiliate to contest Azteca America and Telemundo in the market. It however, maintained the English language formats infused by HSN and USA Networks for some time before eventually dropping everything to turn into a full-fledge Spanish language service on Jan 14, 2002. KSTR made digital transition on Jan 12, 2009 after dropping its analog signal. You can watch latest news and entertainment programs online and follow KSTR on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here is the website: www.univision.com/unimas