The Houston DTV dial

Full power stations should be seen by antenna viewers across Houston.
Low power stations’ reception varies greatly depending on distance from tower
All stations broadcast from the Missouri City antenna farm unless otherwise noted.
All stations are on the UHF band except KUHT, KHOU, KTRK and KDHU-LD, which are in the VHF band.

KPRC
2.1 NBC (Comcast 12/612 HD, U-verse 2/1002 HD, Charter 2/780 HD, Consolidated 2/702 HD) (also on Dyle)
2.2 This TV (Comcast 320, Charter 105)

KBTX (Bryan/College Station; transmitter on FM 244 north of Anderson; signal visible in NW Harris County)
3.1 CBS
3.2 CW

KUHT
8.1 PBS (Comcast 8/608 HD, U-verse 8/1008 HD, Charter 8/788 HD, Consolidated 8/705 HD)
8.2 Create (Comcast 323, Charter 81)
8.3 V-me (Comcast 324, Charter 82)
8.4 Turning Sight into Sound Radio (live stream)

KUVM-LD (Low power)
10.1 color bars
10.2 Sonlife TV (live stream on main page)
10.3 Almavision (live stream)
10.4 Revenue Frontier infomercials
10.5 Wizebuys TV
10.6 Peace TV
10.7 color bars

KHOU
11.1 CBS (Comcast 11/611 HD, U-verse 11/1011 HD, Charter 11/786 HD, Consolidated 11/701 HD) (also on Dyle)
11.2 Bounce TV (Comcast 310)

KTRK
13.1 ABC (Comcast 13/613 HD, U-verse 13/1013 HD, Charter 13/781 HD, Consolidated 13/703 HD)
13.2 Live Well (Comcast 685 HD, Charter 183 HD)
13.3 Live Well in SD (Comcast 315, Charter 79)

KETH
14.1 TBN (Comcast 14, U-verse 14/560/1560 HD, Charter 14, Consolidated 10)
14.2 The Church Channel (U-verse 565)
14.3 JCTV (U-verse 570)
14.4 TBN Enlace USA (Consolidated 24, U-verse 3078)
14.5 Smile of a Child (Consolidated 79, U-verse 340)

KVVV-LD (Low power)
15.1 The Word Network
15.2 Urban Television Network
15.3 3ABN (live stream)
15.4 3ABN Latino (live stream)
15.5 Afrocentric Network Television “KANT-TV”
15.6 music videos
15.7 NTAI (Nigeria)
15.8 Religious
15.9 LLN

KTXH
20.1 MyNetworkTV (Comcast 4/604 HD, U-verse 4/1004 HD, Charter 12/787 HD, Consolidated 4)
20.2 Movies!
20.3 MundoFox

KVQT-LD (Low power)
21.1 ConexZion TV
21.2 Familia TV
21.3 Religious
21.4 2V Televisionsion
21.5 Infomercials
21.6 Infomercials
21.7 Fellowship Television Network

KLTJ
22.1 Daystar (Comcast 20/322, U-verse 563, Charter 16)

KRIV
26.1 Fox (Comcast 9/609 HD, U-verse 9/1009 HD, Charter 6/784 HD, Consolidated 9/784 HD) (coming to Dyle)

KUGB-CA (Low power)
28.1 GEB America
28.2 Infomercials
28.3 AMEN
28.4 Distinction TV
28.5 Spanish infomercials
28.6 LATV
28.7 For lease; contact Byron Gehret 281-969-7733
28.8 Poder y Milagros TV (Spanish religious)

KCVH-LD (Low power)
30.1 Aleluya TV
30.2 Radio Aleluya (audio)

KUVM-CD (Low power)
34.1 MundoFox (U-verse 34)
34.2 Color bars
34.3 Color bars
34.4 Retro Television Network

KZHO-LD (broadcasting from the JPMorgan Chase Tower downtown) (Low power)
38.1 Visión Celestial (live stream)
38.2 Vida Vision (live stream)
38.3 Visión Celestial (live stream)
38.4 Religious
38.5 Color bars
38.6 Religious
38.7 Color bars with music

KIAH
39.1 CW (Comcast 5/605 HD, U-verse 5/1005 HD, Charter 4/782 HD, Consolidated 3)
39.2 Antenna TV (Comcast 318)

KHLM-LD (Low power)
43.1 Multimedios Television (Comcast 325)
43.2 Millennium Broadcasting Channel
43.3 Television de Houston
43.4
43.5 Urban Houston Network
43.6 Infomercials
43.7 Mariavisión
43.8 Infomercials

KXLN
45.1 Univisión (Comcast 10/610 HD, U-verse 10/1010 HD, Charter 19/779 HD, Consolidated 14)
45.2 KFTH (standard-def simulcast)

KBPX-LD (Low power)
46.1 The Country Network
46.2 Qubo (U-verse 328)
46.3 ION Life (U-verse 468)
46.4 Shop TV
46.5 QVC
46.6 HSN

KTMD
47.1 Telemundo (Comcast 6/606 HD, U-verse 47/1047 HD, Charter 15, Consolidated 16) (coming to Dyle)
47.2 Exitos TV (Comcast 326)
47.3 Cozi TV

KPXB
49.1 Ion (Comcast 7/607 HD, U-verse 49/1049 HD, Charter 22/752 HD, Consolidated 12)
49.81 AirBox: ¡Sorpresa! (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.82 AirBox: Gran Cine (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.83 AirBox: CineMex (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.85 AirBox: NFL Network (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.87 AirBox: Gol TV (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.88 AirBox: NFL Red Zone (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.90 AirBox: Starz (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.91 AirBox: Encore (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.92 AirBox: Showtime (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.93 AirBox: TMC (MPEG4, encrypted)
49.96 AirBox: Airbox (MPEG4, encrypted)

KDHU-LD (low power)
50.1 Daystar (simulcast of 22.1)

KYAZ
51.1 Azteca América (Comcast 2, U-verse 51, Charter 9, Consolidated 7)
51.2 VietFace TV
51.3 Saigon Network Television
51.4 New Tang Dynasty Television (live stream)
51.5 Infomercials
51.6 Infomercials
51.7 Vietv (Vietnamese)

KTBU
55.1 Mega TV (Comcast 55, U-verse 55, Charter 18, Consolidated 6)
55.2 VAN TV, Vietnamese (live stream)
55.3 Nacion TV
55.4 simulcast of 55.1
55.5 ITV Houston, Chinese (live stream)
55.6 WCETV (CCTV News)

KQHO-LD
56.2 Color bars

KUBE
57.1 Independent (Comcast 53, U-verse 57, Charter 99, Consolidated 17)
57.2 La Mera Tele, infomercials
57.3 BYN, Vietnamese
57.4 MeTV (Comcast 311, U-verse 136)
57.5 The Works

KZJL
61.1 Estrella TV (Comcast 3, U-verse 61, Charter 5, Consolidated 5)
61.2 Inmigrante TV
61.3 Test pattern

KFTH
67.1 Telefutura (Comcast 15/615 HD, U-verse 15/1015 HD, Charter 20/794 HD, Consolidated 15)
67.2 GetTV


Low power stations not on the air yet:

KAHO-LD (4)
Station moving in from Woodville. Owned by Hosanna Apostolic Ministries Broadcasting Corporation.

KEHO-LD (49) (will have to identify as channel 32)
Currently licensed to Beaumont, has applied to move its transmitter to the JPMorgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston. Owned by Elva Rosa and Moises Garza.

  1. Hello Gridlock Joe,

    I commend your efforts for actually setting the record straight about the TV channels in Houston, especially in light of the ever-changing LPTVs. As an OTA TV receiver, I’m sure your site will prove very helpful to me.

    I do notice that you say that the old KBPX-33 translator “had dfficulty reaching Houston from Splendora”, but where I am in Southwest Houston, this translator was easier for me to receive than the main signal on KPXB-49 ever was. Both still had fairly poor signals around here, but only KBPX was receivable in color with the rabbit ear setup we had back then. Thankfully, back then the TV with the rabbit ears at the time was only secondary, our main TV had cable, and PAX was hardly ever worth watching anyway. Now, without cable, we have a Terk HDTVA that receives almost all of the Houston stations perfectly when properly aimed at Missouri City, so our only issue is when somebody bumps it. :-)

    Anyway, thank you for putting together this useful resource.

    Sam

    • Thanks for the kind comments. Perhaps I should have been clearer; it was the main KPXB signal from Splendora that had trouble covering southwest Houston.

    • His comment was right on…KBPX-LP “was a Houston repeater for KPXB, whose full-power signal had difficulty reaching Houston from Splendora”
      He stated it right….KPXB’s 1200ft tower west of Splendora is still standing….and at 1200ft, 49 did have trouble reaching the SW side of Houston…..33 was originally on the Senior Road tower (where 9 FMs are and KTXH was originally), the oldest of the 2000ft towers in the farm…the 33 translator was on the 1400ft platform…was up there and touched the cabinet a few times..NOW, KPXB’s digital signal is on a 2000ft tower in Mo City and is SUPPOSED to throw city grade contour over Conroe (to which t is licensed)…55 did the same thing with its digital but its analog WAS on a 2000ft tower…the Splendora 106.9FM tower (the tower is still owned by Salem radio who swapped 106.9 to Cox Radio for a FM in Atlanta, GA) east of 59…97.1 has an aux there…at 300watts ERP!! Their main 2000ft tower is NW of Shepherd!

  2. GEEZ…how many freeking spanish channels do we need? Eighteen is not enough?

  3. It would be nice if some of the Spanish stations would use a second audio channel to broadcast in English

  4. Thanks for putting this list together. It’s very helpful!

  5. Have KJIB or KVDO ever been operational?

    • Not in digital.

      KJIB’s analog tower was in Clear Lake, and they were on analog 5, but they were displaced by KPXB’s interim digital signal, and eventually their facilities got knocked out by Ike.

      KVDO was on 25 from Clear Lake. They got knocked out by Rita.

    • The list is helpful but the signals are very bad. Lots of freezing, picture fading in and out and sometimes a very low signal. Low digital signal channel means signal isn’t picked up. Very beautiful picture, when you can get one. It’s not like antenna television in the past, you turn your television on and you got a picture. You can turn your television on to digital and get no picture. If they fix that it’s a winner for us all, please fix this?

  6. How can I find the contact information of the owners of the Low Power stations that are not on the air yet?

  7. I’m in the planning stage of a television network and the FCC requires that all video content must have closed captions. Where can I find an affordable solution or that type of software?

    • If you’re looking to caption live programs, a number of prompter systems will generate captions. For pre-recorded programs, there are a number of service bureaus that will generate captions.

      Don’t forget that captioning in DTV is transmitted differently from closed captions from the analog days.

  8. We’ve recently discontinued our Comcast service to explore HDTV land. While we enjoy live-streaming most of our favorite programs from network websites, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there’s one problem we’ve been unable to solve.
    What is the secret to getting KHOU & CBS? We live in an apartment complex near the Galleria, so we can’t put up an exterior, roof-top antenna (best solution so far). We have a small, interior reflecting antenna that works well for everything else. Have emailed the tech address at KHOU, but the most recent post on their page dates from 2009, so am not optimistic about receiving an answer.
    Thanks –

    • How is your reception on 8 and 13?

      Try adjusting your antenna slightly. With DTV even a small change in antenna position can make the difference between receiving the signal and not receiving it.

      Another possibility is multipath — where the signal reaches you directly and also by reflecting off a building somewhere between you and Missouri City. The two signals would cause enough interference to each other that your TV wouldn’t be able to decode it.

      If all else fails, you might also try calling Rudy Gonzales of KHOU’s engineering department at (713) 284-1023.

      • First of all, thanks for all the great info.

        I have one of those “old-fashioned” 6 foot long VHF/UHF directional roof antennas mounted in my attic. I used antennaweb.org to position the antenna. I’ve had major problems with channel 11 from the beginning (about 12 months ago) and issues with channel 8 and even 13 on occasion. The UHF channels were all fine as was channel 2 since it actually broadcasts on UHF.

        Long story short I tried new cables, a booster (which got me up to 50+ signal on 11), complaining to the FCC, some cussin’ and then some praying (I think those may have offset each other ;-), and then this morning I moved the antenna from the middle of the attic to the side closest to the antenna farm. My UN-boosted signal (I forget to plug in the booster) on channel 11 went from effectively no signal (about 20) to 95. After I removed the 6′ patch cable and unused booster I was at 100 signal strength on channel 11.

        I probably moved the antenna less than 25 feet but it made all the difference in the world. BTW, I have that shiny foil radiant barrier in my attic. I moved the antenna so it was close to a side wall, pointing directly at the antenna farm, effectively eliminating interference from the radiant barrier.

        Viva la Free TV! (and TiVo)

      • I emailed Rudy Gonzales no success.

    • DTVs are computers with tuners…..computers put out a LOT of noise…so keep the antenna as far as possible from the DTV (DO NOT put it on top of the TV like old rabbit ears on analog TVs)….Indoor antennas are rough because of signal loss through walls and roofs (depending on composition)….KHOU’s signal should be fairly good in the Galleria area…Try putting the antenna in a window and run coax to the TV as needed…also an amplifier may help…in your case, a Channel Master CM7778 would be good (the 7777 is the better one because it has more gain on VHF but you may not need MUCH gain….in fact too much gain can actually hurt DTV!) If you have an outside balcony or patio, FEDERAL law allows you to put a TV antenna there…

  9. thanks for the speedy response!
    At first we couldn’t get 8 and 13 at all — but then adjusted the antenna a bit and now both come in clear and strong.
    As you describe “multipath,” I’m sure that is a factor
    Thanks for the great suggestions!
    cheers -

  10. You might as well remove AMGTV, as KUVM-CD’s broadcast of it is riddled with signal issues that make it unwatchable. It usually shows a pixelated mess or a “No signal!” graphic from whatever equipment they’re using to receive it.

    Also, has “GBC World News” ever actually happened? All I see is a black screen on 34.1 and color bars on 10.1.

    • I got a usable picture on 34.4 this morning, but it’s very blocky right now. Definitely being starved for bandwidth.

      As far as GBC, I’m thinking it may have gone to the great bit bucket in the sky. I’ve seen nothing but color bars from them for a couple of weeks.

  11. Also, is KBPX (46) still operational? I haven’t been able to receive anything from it in quite a while, and it usually had a strong signal here.

  12. What will it take to get the big companies to make cable channels like A&E, Versus, TLC, Discovery, etc. available over the air… to realize they could return to the old network model in a given market and increase their viewership by making some of this stuff free.

  13. Thanks for the listing. It was a big help in setting up channels once I got rid of cable. Great job!

  14. Why don’t you list channels 42.2 and 42.4?

    • There shouldn’t be anybody with the PSIP of 42. Channel 55 is broadcasting on the channel 42 frequency. If you’re seeing Vietnamese on 42.2 and Mi Casa on 42.4, either KTBU is transmitting faulty information or your TV is displaying the actual frequency and subchannel rather than the PSIP value (channel number that’s supposed to be displayed).

  15. Thanks for the listing Guess those of us farther out (Bellville) are not going to get any of those low power stations.

  16. Channel 47.2. Is that channel avail on comcast cable. It is a novela tv station.

  17. i need for rent a cheap price channel somebody help me?

  18. Have you or anyone else been able to pick up 49.1-3(Ion, Qubo, IonLife) recently? I seem to have lost them. Haven’t picked them up since the new year.

  19. What’s with the whole bunch of subchannels on 49? I can’t find them. I can’t find 8.7 either. Are they new channels?

  20. Wow, great site! I’m about to cut the cable cord and was wondering if there is a particular antenna that you’d recommend. I live in the Pearland area & have heard mixed reviews on various antennas around here. Thanks!

    • Pearland is only 13 miles from Missouri City, so you might be able to get away with an inside antenna. I’m 11 miles from the towers and get all the full-power stations all the time and most of the low-power stations most of the time. I use a GE Quantum powered antenna and have had good results with it. You’ll definitely need a UHF/VHF combo since KUHT, KHOU and KTRK are on VHF.

  21. I just cut the cord on cable, too…got a temporary coat hanger antenna in the attic, hooked into the existing cable lines. Now have good reception for many channels on the two tv’s that don’t need a digital converter. Thanks to your list, I’m getting an idea of what we’ve got. As we go along, we’ll learn more about what type of antenna we really need, what we need to get the most out of our HDTV, best avenues for streaming/accessing other content, etc. My only question now is this: Is there any “free” channel that carries the Astros games? That and ESPN are what I’m going to miss the most, quite frankly. I’ll also miss being able to idly tune into History, TLC, HGTV, etc., but that is probably a good thing since I’ll get more done! :D But Astros…yea, it would be nice to find a way to see those games. I have an online link to stream Saints football games, but the quality is merely fair, and the lag time is really bad. I’m hoping that I don’t have to do this to watch the Astros this year. Sure seems like the local team could be seen for free, huh?

    Anyway, thanks in advance for your help!

  22. Thanks, I figured as much. Fortunately my site that shows Saints games also has other sports, so I should be able to catch the Astros there, even though the quality is uncertain. Of course, FSN was hardly ever in HD anyway, and was usually grainy.

    Question…what avenues do you recommend to get other channels/programming? We did try to get some online content through our Wii, but I think we need to add to the memory first…haven’t had any luck with the Wii yet. I keep hearing of other options like Netflix, Hulu, Roku,. Vudu…and I’m just getting confused. Anyone have better/worse luck with certain non-cable/sat options?

  23. KHOU is 0 for me in west Spring, at Spring Creek, for the last week. I cut cable in January.
    . . .
    KHOU was great even last Saturday morning, but showing nothing for the last 6 days.
    I must have to go higher with an antenna.
    . . .
    KPRC, KHOU, and KRIV are broadcasting at 1080i, while KTRK is blurred at 720p, comparatively.
    Plus, they waste their money for 13.3 – don’t they have those “Million Dollar Movies” from the ’70’s? lol

    • KRIV actually broadcasts in 720p. KTRK’s picture quality suffers from also having to fit a second HD channel and a third SD channel in the stream.

    • I stopped getting KHOU in the imperial oaks that same day and nothing since. My friend on the east side of spring lost them the same day as well. I just cut my cable last months so this sucks!

      • namelesstoo

        I just installed an indoor antenna – near downtown Houston – and get great reception on all over the air channels – except for KHOU Channel 11 – I get no signal. I see from this blog that others are having a problem with KHOU. Is this a general problem with the station? Or is there something unique about my location or antenna that is causing this. Thanks.

      • The only thing I can suggest is to reorient your rabbit ears. If they’re vertical, try aligning them horizontally, and vice versa. KHOU has circular polarization, so it shouldn’t make a difference which way your rabbit ears are oriented.

      • If it shouldn’t make any difference because it has circular polarization and some of us that have had the signal lost it without changing our antennas at the same time I am inclined to think its a KHOU problem. If it was a me problem I shouldn’t get every other channel at very good strength, correct?

      • Correct. I’m stumped. Why not call KHOU’s engineering department on 713-284-1023 and see if they can help you?

  24. I have a question about the KUVM-LD channel 10.2. Why is there no reception? I live in Needville and I can’t get this with a new antenna I have installed in my attic. I do have it pointed in the direction of Missouri City. I also want to thank you for the list above it is very useful.

  25. That’s not fair. Is there anyway that could change? Can I contact someone to see if they could direct it all around? Thanks for your quick response.

    • Unfortunately, they can’t shift the signal around without approval from the FCC in Washington. The signal is oriented the way it is so they can get more viewers in the more densely populated areas of Houston, as opposed to the largely rural area near you. They also have to avoid interfering with KBTV in Beaumont, which transmits on the same frequency.

      • ??? KBTV 4.1 is on RF Channel 40…..There is no RF 10 in Beaumont….there is a LP analog 9 that runs 9 watts (YES) and they have filed for a move to RF21 at 15KW…KBMT 12.1 (on RF12) is running only 18.5 KW due to a 12 in College Station…Remember, the VIRTUAL channel xx.x may NOT be the actual RF channel they are on (in Houston, 8,11, 13 and 26 ARE….but none of the others are.

  26. I’m trying to make the switch to an antenna after dropping my cable. While I have live without TV (aside from occasionally watching things online), I would like to sit down and vegetate once in a while. However, the stations I want, I’m not getting with the antennas I’ve tried. The ones I want at listed as Hi-V (or VHF). I’m a bit more than 40 miles due north of the Houston stations. Being in an apartment limits my placement of an antenna. Should I just give up on TV? The stations I really want, I’m not getting (PBS and ABC).

    • A UHF/VHF antenna is absolutely necessary to get the VHF stations (8, 11, 13). Try extending the rabbit ears horizontally and see if that helps. Also make sure the antenna is near a window.

    • make sure your antenna is capable of VHF HI as well as UHF…there is no such thing as a DTV antenna….Antennas dont care what the signal is…RF is RF….if you have a patio or balcony, you can put an outside antenna under FEDERAL law…if you can get an antenna pointed toward Missouri City, you may get lucky….also look at a preamp (Channel Master CM7777 or 7778)…..DO NOT put the antenna near the TV..DTVs, especially plasmas, are NOISE makers….(more so than analogs did)…If can see 11.1, then you should be able to move the antenna just a little to get 8 and 13 (which are on their old analog channels like 11 and 26)

  27. Will the Astros games be seen with antenna anymore? I used to enjoy the Sunday games in my garage while barbeque-ing with my family but it doesn’t seem that I can get a game without cable or satellite.

  28. I changed the programming on Channel 28.1 last week to Golden Eagle Broadcasting out of ORU in Tulsa. Please let me know how you like the new programming.

  29. I wish there could be a better offer given to SBN Sonlife Broadcasting Network out of Baton Rouge, LA. It is a shame that people from surrounding areas cannot enjoy their programming for free. I know that I don’t live in dense populated area because I am in the Subural/Rural area of Houston. Just wish they could be offered something better.

  30. How, or where I can get this service or how did work???

  31. Hi – I have a client who’s looking into leasing a LPTV station in Houston. Any idea which of these stations are available for lease?

    • The stations that are currently broadcasting a test pattern or advertising themselves as available are:

      KUVM-LD 10.1, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 are showing color bars. Mako Communications can be reached at 361-658-5548.

      KVQT 21.8 and 21.9 have color bars, but no phone number listed.

      KUGB 28.3 (formerly KEYS TV) is showing a phone number: 281-969-7735.

      34.1, 34.4, 34.5, 34.6 are showing color bars. Mako Communications can be reached at 361-658-5548.

      38.7 is showing color bars.

      38.8 is showing a phone number: 214-434-6357.

  32. Please contact me at 281-388-1941 and I will get you the channel they need. Thank you,
    Glen

  33. Gridlockjoe – Thanks for the valuable information.

    Glen – I called your office yesterday. I will call again on Monday. Thanks.

  34. You may try me on my cell phone at 281-850-2715 as I am out of the office a lot.

  35. Ricardo Canil

    Muy bueno

  36. Andrew J Burns

    I have just moved to the Houston area and am also just learning about the digital signal system out here. For all of the viewers who watch these stations, what type of station is needed or is in high demand that is not currently on? Thanks!

    • What type of station is needed?
      Anything with English speaking programming other than Christian programming.
      I’m currently waiting for the Retro Television Network channel on 34.2 to expand its coverage area at the moment.

  37. Know what’d be a good way to find employment at a local tv station? With so many starting up there’s bound to be one I can get a job at :-)

  38. Did anyone happen to see the new show Punch TV on channel 21.5 today in Houston?

  39. Hey Gridlockjoe,

    Are any of these Houston low power stations broadcasting in the HD Format…

  40. Is it just me or are others recently having trouble with the TV Guide listing. Most of the time now I get ‘no data’ for show time listings. I’ve tried changing zip codes on the TV preferences(and resetting power), but to no avail.
    I do however get an info listing for the current program I have the channel on but many times the show description itself says ‘No program description available’.
    This is very frustrating.

    • Just to answer my own question, the TV Guide came back on October 1st, with no glitches whatsoever so far. Fingers crossed. It had gotten to a point where it was down 24/7 for two whole weeks before Oct. 1st. Just don’t think it was my TV at this point.

  41. I live in the Spring/Tomball area. I use to get KHOU (11.1) and KTRK (13.1) with great signal strength; however I noticed that I stopped getting those channels about 6 months ago without making any changes to my setup. I still get KPRC (2.1), KRIV (26.1) and all the other channels. Anyone else run into this problem? Thanks.

  42. I live in Montgomery and I am only able to catch 3.1 and 3.2 out of Bryan. Shouldn’t I be able to get all the Full Power Houston stations as well?

  43. Awesome site, I’ve been an over the air digital tv user since 2004 and never come across a complete list like this before of the everchanging DTV scene in Houston. I even remember 11-3 and 13-3 back in the mid 2000s when they had a weather radar as their only content.

    Do you know of any way to find the bitrate of subchannels? I have a couple of different tuners but have always been curious to find out either constant or vaariable bitrates of all the various main and subchannels out there.

  44. I’m downtown and have issues getting KHOU and KTRK.

    BTW Joe can you try and dig up what the deal is with the audio on ION 49.1 – it’s not synched up. Tried to find a contact for for them but didn’t come across anything.

  45. I recently moved to humble and will really want to have access to mbc channel 43.2. Can anyone tell me is I need indoor or outdoor antenna?

  46. I live in spring off Rayford Road in a ground floor apt and bought an RCA digital flat antenna for my Vizio HDTV set, however I am unable to pick up ANY channels and after looking at my users manual for the vizio and following the instructions for both I’m feeling very frustrated! Can anyone help or offer advice?

    • Good luck, being that far north. Make sure your antenna is close to a window. That will probably help the most.

    • You might try antennaweb.org to check their recommendation for an antenna. The site prompts you to enter your street address so that the right style of antenna can be recommended.

      Having the right antenna is crucial.

  47. Hello Gridlockjoe,

    Do you put local online TV Networks on this blog?

    I’m in the startup phase of my new online HDTV Network and I’m offering some great rates for local Christian Broadcasters.

    Visit the site at http://www.rhemawordtv.info

    Please help me get the word out?

  48. Other than draw attn to your channel, is there any other reason that the female weather, traffic, etc. are dressed so trashy? It makes them look very classless.

  49. and it makes your station look cheap. Just an observation while flipping through channels.

  50. KUBE 57.1 is Now in HD. Also sometimes can not get the channel with an indoor antenna. I am right near Houston heights. How come when I use an Amplifier the channel does not show up? I been told the antenna in Baytown for KUBE is that right? thanks great site.

  51. Any idea why I pick up KUBE in bedroom and not living room? I have moved to Leaf around. Do we have an English OTA QVC? Thanks

  52. What would it take to get 34.3 and 34.4? Has this already took place KUVM-CD 34.3 RTV moves down one slot to 34.4, making way for QVC in 34.3. is the channel 34? thanks

    • Yes, that channel shift has happened. The station broadcasts over RF channel 34. Since they are a low-power station, you might have more trouble picking them up with an indoor antenna.

  53. RICHARD GUTIERREZ

    need your phone number tro set air box and pin number

  54. I live in Chicago, and it sure looks like that an awful lot of the subchannels are a waste of bandwidth, liker 2 LiveWell duplicate channels. Does anyone watch LiveWell??? And there’s all the channels of old reruns. It seems there’s a law of nature that states that quality of programming is inversely proportional to quality of signal when received.

  55. Hi Gridlock Joe,
    Thanks for this list. It’s impressive.

    I went off cable cold turkey a couple of years ago. My dream is to get more than half a dozen watchable TV stations on my HD television using an antenna. So far, it’s the impossible dream.

    I have a TERK HDTVa antenna that I bought online and installed myself. I don’t know if that was a the right indoor antenna to buy or not, but the reception is lame. I get CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW, plus some substations and a smattering of non-English stations. But I know I’m missing lots of good programming by not being able to pick up any other stations.

    Do you have any posts that might help me choose the best antenna (and an experienced installer) for my situation? My television is a 7-year-old Dell W4200HD. I live in the Heights, at Peddie and Oxford streets. Many thanks.
    – Eliza

    • For your current antenna, it would help if it’s located close to a window. I know I can’t get many of the stations if my antenna’s not near the window. I’m also wondering if the buildings at Greenway Plaza might be interfering to a small extent, since they’re directly between you and the tower farm. Obvioulsy the higher you can mount your antenna the better your signal will be. Unfortunately I don’t know any installers.

    • I had a Terk model like yours – didnt work well, even after moving it several times.

      Just got a Winegard “Freeguard” HDTV that’s indoor/outdoor thru Ama….com {LOVE that place!} I live in Alvin in a 120 yr old house with ship-lap walls – tree sold oak walls cross-lapped together, this baby ain’t going anywhere!] And the signal has to go up and over another big old house and thru the thick branches of an oak tree.

      I put this baby up above my HDTV about 4′ – thing looks like a sculpture, so Im pleased with the exposure – and voila! I get very clear reception of Channel 2 {NBC} and others that didnt come in at all with the Terk.

      This antennae is $35.xx on Ama… – and well worth it. I’m very pleased, and my neighbors are flabbergasted at the clarity. They still have cable, and that’s good.
      Now my costs are nothing, except the beer, wine and appetizers I’ll bring over when D Dynasty comes on… LOL

      Try this antennae, you can send it back if it doesnt work out either.. Good luck!

  56. Thank you for your thoughts, Joe.

    There is a high window behind my TV. The sill is about 6 inches from the top of the screen. When I move the TERK antenna so it balances on top of the set, I generally get my best reception, so you are right about the advantages of putting the antenna near a window.

    I live in a second-story apartment. My TV is against a wall that faces south southwest.

    Do you think it might improve my reception to have an exterior antenna? I’m thinking of one that I would attach to the second-story wall, since I don’t feel comfortable . If so, is there any particular model you would recommend that I try?

    • I tried a small exterior antenna(a philips model mounted on the house eave) but for some channels it got worse when it was anywhere near windy out, with all the moving tree branches and leaves, so I went back indoors. The signal was stronger though overall outdoors. Even managed to barely pick up a signal for Retro Television Network.

      I found it helps to keep the indoor antenna at least a little ways away from the HDTV itself to be able to pick up the higher band UHF channels, especially channel 57. I live a mile north of you and can pick up all relevant channels except for Retro Network Television 34.4(no current signal) and Urban Houston Network 43.5(signal in and out often) with just a simple indoor RCA rabbit ears(with knob) antenna and a basic RCA 12db signal amplifier(which helps just a little bit). Channel 57 can still be a problem child off and on though. Mostly it’s good unless it’s really windy outside.

  57. Brian S., Thank you for your insights. I appreciate your taking the time to share your experience. My antenna is always right next to or on top of my TV, so I’ll try giving it some distance.

  58. Spanish Station OTA with some English in the programming. Folks, watch Ch. 20.3 or 34.1 MundoFOX it is a good station whch offers a twist to how non speaking Spanish viewers can watch TV. I hope this helps.

    LF

  59. So my extended family lives in Willis and we’ve ditched all cable I’ve set up antennas with boosters at 4 houses on some I’ve got close to 80 channels at others only 50. Which way should I point the antenna to get the best signal? just due south to Houston, Conroe or slightly east or west?

    • TVfool.org can help you with aiming your antenna from your specific location. You should also be able to pick up KBTX from Bryan if CBS reception is an issue.

    • Missouri City is the Houston antenna farm for most of the stations….(one LP is downtown iirc)…Some TVs have better tuners than others (I own a Haier with 1080p and it is one of the best tuners I have ever seen)…I HIGHLY recommend only Channel Master CM7777 amps (and put it close to the antenna)…From Willis you want a decent gain antenna…like the CM 3016 (or the Radio Shack VU90s if they still sell them…they are bigger because they were designed to cover 2-6 as well as 7-69 (though the TV band stops at 50/51 now)….but they work..just get them as high as possible….problem with being on the north side is having to look thru or around downtown….to the east, the full power stations in Houston can be seen in Port Arthur 90 miles away with only a 20ft high antenna and CM amp…but the path is mostly over rice fields though the bay can cause some issues with ducting during summer time

  60. did you know that 43.3 has change to a diferent station call cadenacentrosur is a bilingual station with focus in the central and south american people

  61. anyone currently having trouble with 11.1 KHOU. I usually get great reception and then poof, it’s totally out for quite a while. Then comes back. No rhyme or reason. I have an indoor Mohu leaf with the power boost.

  62. Do you recommend the indoor Mohu leaf?

  63. Help Please!!!!! We are at Crystal Beach. Can’t get 11. (KHOU) Please tell me an antenna that would make that channel work. We have it mounted about 20 feet into the air without any luck. Another question sometimes we do pick it up then magically around 930-1000 pm it disappears for the rest of the night. Are the waves different at night. Zip code is 77650. We are getting all other channels for the most part. Thank you so much for your help.

    • I’m surprised you’re getting anything from that far away. How is your reception on channels 8 and 13? They are the only full power VHF stations left. I would also check on the aiming of the antenna.

  64. For some reason I’m not able to receive Fox 26.1 through the air (Sugar Land area). How can fix this issue? I spent $50 on one of the in door antennas but didn’t help much

    Thanks

    • I’m surprised that you’re having problems in Sugar Land. Is your antenna located near your TV? Sometimes that can cause interference.

      • yes, the rabbit ear is located right behind my flat screen TV… Let me move it tonight once I got home. I just ordered a leaf antenna as well and i hope this will fix the problem

        Thanks

    • I always have trouble with fox and I am in heights. It goes out with just a little rain or wind. I got tired of missing shows on fox. I could never seem to get 57.1 or 57.4 either. I am a big fan of Aereo TV. (google ) I could never seem to get 57.1 or 57.4 either. I can get all channels perfect now even watch on Ipad or tv.

    • Outdoor antennas are always best…brings you more signals (like the Low Powers)…and no HOA can stop you….In Sugarland you should be able to see the tower 26 is on….be sure to keep any antenna away from a noise producer (PC, HDTV, light dimmers, etc)….

  65. Thanks for the tip about Aereo TV (www.aereo.com). I’ve had such rotton luck with my antenna, it sounds like a service worth trying. Their website says they’ll launch in Houston Sept. 16. I just pre-registered on their site.

    • I have been beta testing Aereo. If you like to reach out to them on Facebook or e-mail. I sent e-mail to support. $96 a year or $144.

      Aereo Android App Arriving in September..

  66. For the most part we get 13 without any problem. We are not big tv watchers but if we want to watch something it is on channel 11. And you would know that is the channel we have trouble with.

    • Wonder if 11 is doing any antenna work and is on an aux antenna with poorer range? The engineers I used to know at 11 are now retired…and with Belo selling it to Gannet, I don’t have any contacts there…

  67. Speakstv just came up on KVVV 15.9. Speakstv is owned by Aware Channels, LLC an IT / Media Provider in Houston. Speakstv is a multi-racial, gender and age inclusive broadcasting network.

    The quality is almost HD and the programming is nice too. The website is
    http://www.speakstv.com
    and the parent company website is : http://www.awarechannels.com

    Speakstv broadcasts simultaneously on Local TV, Roku, App, Web and Mobile Phones and Tablets.

  68. Did a scan and Daystar TV is coming thru strong for me on channel 23.1. Did they switch from channel 22.1? On 22.1 is it was always a weak signal.

    • KLTJ was on 22 analog and is on 23 digital. I have noticed their PSIP sometimes reflects the 23 frequency rather than the 22 identification. So no changes at their end (other than a possibly flaky encoder).

  69. Qubu and Ion Life are gone from the 49 sub-channels. At Ion Life’s Facebook page they said Ion Life has moved to channel 46.3. I can’t get 46.3. Boooooo!

  70. Joe, I just ran across your site; great job! I’m located in Hallettsville (100 mi. W. of Houston) with a UHF yagi antenna with preamp at 80 ft. pointed toward Mo City. Here I receive consistently channels 2, 14, 22, 49, 55, 57. (I lock out the Spanish only stations and so cannot name them offhand.) Channels 26 and 39 are intermittent here due more to the frequency vs gain plot of my antenna than any other factor, as TV Fool says I should receive them better than some of the ones I do get. Ch 20 is on the same channel as one out of Victoria, and if I could only cause power outages at will for Victoria I could watch it and 11 again :-). I can receive 13 and most nights 8 with a simple 3 element VHF antenna with preamp.

    My main reason for writing is to comment on the Channel 11 issue that many (including myself) have. I notice many of those with difficulty getting 11 are on the north side of Houston, so I suspect part of the problem (in addition to the multipath caused by building reflection) is due to the same co-channel issue I have with Channel 20 – Channel 19 in Victoria is on the same RF channel as 11 (way too close for co-channel stations in an area where ducting is practically an everyday event!). A higher receiving antenna toward Mo. City from the north side of Houston would just make the problem worse as it would also be pointed toward Victoria, and anyone south and west of Mo. City would need antennas with excellent reflectors to keep 19 from crashing the bits from 11 (I cannot null out 19 (south) in order to receive 11 (east) because I’m too close to Victoria). I was horrorstruck when I saw the FCC allowed these two co-channel situations to occur in adjacent markets. This is something the broadcasters brought upon themselves with their greed to keep the VHF channels by their collusion to demand both VHF and UHF channels in every market (there were no VHF channels in Victoria before the transition). Unfortunately, they have also forced poor reception of a major station (KHOU) on the viewers.

  71. Qubo is now on 46.2, low power, 18 miles from my house. I have a 60 mile antenna in the attic (properly oriented). Still can’t get Qubo. Is this normal?

    • I too this day stilk can’t get qubo. Before the channel switch I didn’t get signal for 2 months. I have never gotten a signal on the new channel. I emailed qubo channel 3 times and no response.

  72. Hi, we live off of 1314 in Conroe and receive KTRK/ABC 13.1,but it is not the programs that are listed for ABC such as Scandal, how do we fix this.

    • KTRK is airing the Texans game tonight. Prime tine shows will be aired late tonight. From their web site: “Because of the game, we’re rescheduling some of our primetime programing. Scandal will air Friday at 12:45am after Nightline, followed by Once Upon a Time in Wonderland at 1:45am and Grey’s Anatomy at 2:45am.”

  73. Gridlock Joe, recently read one of your posts about KVDO-LP. To the best of my knowledge, we’re the only analog channel still in operation in the Houston market. Far Eastern Telecasters, Inc. is a nonprofit commercial free operation broadcasting in southwest Houston from a height of 50 feet with an effective radiated power of 10 watts. Very few people get our over the air signal, but many watch video streamcast at http://www.kvdo.net. Our analog license will expire on August 1, 2014. We are diligently working to raise funds to make the transition to digital.

  74. For past week i can’t get KHOU 11.1 to come in. Anyone else have problems? I am in the Heights. Thanks

  75. Wand and were is the airbox going to be sold

  76. I am in Cleveland, and have an outside antenna, but am unable to get KUBE, I get all other channels, with no problem, is this channel not located in same area as others?

  77. I love regular television with all the great channels to choose from lately. I scanned for channels not getting all channels on the television lineup page. Another problem signal strength, I have moved my television as suggested and still have problems with low signals. I have now 2 televisions and still have low channel signal problems. The digital signal breaks up and I have lose channels. Strangely for some reason I lost channel 2, and gained 49.1 (ION). It’s like the channels are coming in and out. Channel 11 and channel 2 is the hardest to get a signal. I have had channel 8 since last month and still can’t see the channel, signal is too low. Error message is: Digital channel signal strength is low.

  78. 67.2 is now Get tv. Old movies akin to Movies!

  79. Hello everyone on behalf of all the Airbox questions.. If you are wondering what it is.. Or how to get it, you can go to Airbox.com or you can give us a call at (1877-924-7269). The lineup we have is all Premium movie channels.

  80. Anybody else have signal problems with channel 57.x this last week? Signal is so weak now I can’t pick it up. Seems to have started when Cozi left and The Works came in and got worse each day from there. All other channels come in just fine with good signal strength so I’m assuming it’s an issue in channel 57’s side.

  81. I live in Kingwood and am wanting to place an antenna. What kind should I get?

    • Have you tried the tools at antennaweb and tvfool? They should give you an idea of what to expect from your location, and how big an antenna you need.

      • Looks like antennaweb is still basing their recommendations on analog signals when they talk about ghost pictures. They list a lot in red for me but I can get all of them with just a simple rabbit ear and a cheap RCA 14db signal amp.

  82. Thanks for the link. Tvfool has all the stations I want in green which means I should be able to use an indoor antenna. However, I purchased an RCA multi-directional flat antenna today and it is only picking up very few channels. I was wondering if a there was a particular brand that works better indoors.

  83. Nobody will respond to my previous post =0( I have been unable to get QUBO channe now 46.2 for about a year and everyone in the area is not getting it either. What happened?? I called the # from the qubo channel about 5 times and never got a phone call. Wrote on here hoping someone has the same issue and nothing. I contacted the FCC and they said to move my antenna. Obviously it is not my antenna if everyone in my area is having the same issue. What do I do now, this is the only ENGLISH cartoon channel.

    • Channel 46 is a low power station and is not strong enough to reach some areas. I’m only about 12 miles from the towers and have trouble with it most days.

      • but how did it all of a sudden become a low power station? It always worked fine with my antenna. I thought we would gain channels not lose them as time went on….I am in southeast houston and there are a million kids how can they not have a kids channel? Or I guess an English one.. Is there anthing else I can do? My kid is dring me up the wall. I do have VCR/DVD but Qubo has shows that he really enjoyed.

      • It’s possible they are having transmission problems.

  84. does anyone know what happened to 57.2 La Mera Television, it has been off the air for some time now just showing color bars, is the KUBE looking for something to fill the channel with or is it on La Mera TVs end. Thanks for any information.

    • We are having problems with all the 57 channels. They keep coming in and out. It’s the only channel that does that.

  85. Roy Henderson Surrenders KVDO/KJIB licenses

    In 2013, a nonprofit ministry I run was preparing to file for a LPFM radio license for 92.5 during the October window. We made a decision to not seek a radio license after Roy Henderson, through his attorney, agreed to allow us — at our own expense — to rebuild and operate KVDO under its analog license until 2015, when all analog broadcasting must end. The low power channel — resurrected as a classic hits music video channel using this slogan, “It’s like radio, but with pictures…” — could be seen on analog channel 25 in the Westbury, Brauswood, Bellaire, and Reliant Stadium areas of Houston.

    Roy Henderson later tried to back out of the deal, claiming there never was a deal — that is, until I produced recordings of telephone conversations with his lawyer. That lawyer, based in Washington, at first claimed the recordings were made without consent and were illegal, but backed down when he found out Texas law allows a party to record his own phone conversations. Roy then asserted that his now “former lawyer” didn’t have his permission to make the deal. I refused to turn the station off, so he refused to renew the license. That got me rolling to Washington, DC, where I personally filed the renewal paperwork myself. See http://kvdo.net/documents/10302697_8…23117048_n.jpg

    Now, in a move that seemingly defies logic, through a new attorney, on June 2, 2014 Roy Henderson just surrendered the licenses to the FCC. See http://kvdo.net/documents/KVDO-KJIBSurrenderLetter.pdf

    “Seemingly” is the key word here. There’s actually a bit of logic to the actions of a man that at least one FCC official refers to as “one of the most non-compliant broadcasters in the industry.” It has long been known that Roy committed perjury back in 2011 when he managed to get the license reinstated. http://houstondtv.wordpress.com/2011…from-the-dead/ Now, more information is coming out from credible sources about how Roy Henderson never really owned KVDO or KJIB. He was merely a front man, his name used to circumvent U.S. laws against foreign ownership of our broadcast stations. After Hurricane Rita destroyed the station’s tower, Roy apparently convinced his foreign investors that the stations were dead. In 2013, his attorney approved our resurrecting the stations — whether with or without Roy’s approval is in questions. The fact is, we put KVDO back on and Roy started panicking. If KVDO stayed on or, much worse, if it became eligible for the TV frequencies buyback auctions in a year or two, Roy was going to owe his silent foreign partners a lot of explaining and not to mention money.

    While KVDO is now dark and with Roy’s surrender the licenses are presumably dead, I can assure you all the the fat lady has not yet sung. This drama is far from over and, in the meantime, our 24/7 streamcast will continue on http://www.kvdo.net

  86. Michelle,

    Some time not-too-long ago, Qubo (and Ion Life) moved from 49.x to 46.x, and 46 is their lower power transmitter.

    I’m guessing that is part of the Airbox deal, in an effort to open up some more bandwidth.

    It’s annoying, yes, and I personally think that LP stations are a poor idea in a market as physically large as the Houston Metro market, but that’s their decision, not yours nor mine.

    All that being said, I am able to pick up most of the LP stations (including Qubo) from La Porte, but I have a UHF/VHF antenna up about 20 feet in the air. And it’s one of the good old ones, meant to reach out and grab signal where nothing else can. Being as you are in ‘southeast houston’, I’d guess that with a proper antenna, mounted outside and pointed correctly, you should have no issues picking it up, either.

    Finally, to anyone who reads this, please don’t pester gridlock joe about how you can’t get channel X (more than likely, it’s 11 – :) ). He’s just a guy who is nice enough to track all these channels and post them on his blog. He’s not your personal TV tech support. I don’t want him to feel like he needs to take this blog down just because you guys can’t watch your stories.

  87. Thanks Joe for putting together this list. As strictly OTA household, it is very helpful to know what is going on in our DTV world.

  88. Gridlock Joe, an update for the master list

    KVDO and KJIB both have surrendered their licenses (analog and digital CPs) so they can be dropped from the list

    KHLM is a Class A (CD), not a LD…..it booms into the Beaumont area when tropo is just barely there and wipes out K36ID retransmit of KUIL-LD on 43

      • HMM last I saw it was a CD (at 60KW ERP)…I’ll double check

      • HMMM the CDBS does show it as a LD…I KNOW I saw it listed or a CP listed for a CD at 60KW…was talking with the engineer at KUIL-LD/KBMT about it…it kills KUIL’s signal when the tropo is barely there and they use KUIL as a source for K36ID in Orange to retransmit (no direct STL to 36 from studios available)..and the antenna path is 1deg off from 36 to KUIL vs 36 to KHLM…..(ouch!)

  89. And yes, the fat lady has sung on the Henderson licenses, etc….regardless of what Joe Donaldson claims…

    • Jim Bob, your right. Henderson’s licenses are now gone. What’s not over is the legal fight. Lies. Misrepresentations. Breach of contract. Damages. Not to mention all his other dark stations, on which I may file formal petitions to revoke. This radio outlaw named Henderson has gotton away with too much for too long…

  90. Martin de Vore

    i am in Humble and get Channels 2, 26, 20 and 39 perfectly, Why can’t I get Channel 8, 11 and 13? Any suggestions are appreciated. Have new RCA DTA800B1 converter box and new digital antenna.

  91. Martin de Vore

    Both. It gets Channel 2 just fine.

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