KINC is a full-service television station serving Las Vegas, Nevada as a Univision affiliate, broadcasting on digital channel 16, which maps via PSIP to the station's former analog channel, Channel 15. KINC is also rebroadcast in Laughlin, Nevada on KNTL-LP channel 47 and in Mesquite, Nevada on KWWB-LP channel 45. The station is owned by Entravision Communications and was the highest-rated Spanish language station in southern Nevada as of August 2006.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit on May 22, 1992, to Tierra Alta Broadcasting, Inc., to build the Las Vegas area's newest full-service television station. Originally, the station was approved for 5000 kW to broadcast on UHF channel 15 and acquired the call sign KZIR in November, 1993. In 1995, Tierra Alta Broadcasting made several changes to its construction permit: moving its transmitter to the KFBT (now-KVCW) tower, reducing its power to 1145 kW, and changing its call sign to KINC. The station made its debut in January 1996 and was licensed the following November. The station's analog facilities would not change again until the analog shutdown in June 2009.
Tierra Alta Broadcasting announced the sale of the station to Entravision Holdings, LLC in December 1996. The FCC approved the license transfer in April 1997 and Entravision took over the station a month later.
When the FCC released its initial DTV allocations on April 21, 1997, it assigned UHF channel 16 to KINC-DT as its digital companion channel. Although many allocations were adjusted when the FCC issued its revised final DTV allocations table on February 17, 1998, KINC's remained unchanged. It was the only UHF station in Las Vegas to retain its original allocation. KINC was granted a permit to construct its digital facilities on November 24, 2000. Supplier difficulties delayed construction of the full-power facilities, requiring extensions of the construction permit, and on February 24, 2003, KINC was granted Special Temporary Authority (STA) to construct a low-power facility in order to comply with the FCC deadline for commencing digital broadcasting while the full-power facilities were still being built. The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2006, and was granted a license on March 8, 2007.
In 2006, the FCC required each station with a digital companion channel to select which station it would continue to use after the end of the transition period. KINC-DT elected channel 16 as its final digital channel and at analog shutdown on June 12, 2009, returned the channel 15 license to the FCC. Televisions still tune to KINC on channel 15 per the ATSC virtual channel standards.
The majority of the programming aired on this station comes from the national Univision network. However, KINC does have a news department which produces the highest rated Spanish newscasts in the Las Vegas Valley. In 2006 KINC has aired both the Nevada Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial Primary debates translated into the Spanish Language.
KINC currently produces two live newscasts each weekday covering the State of Nevada.
- Noticias Univision Nevada a Las Seis with Gabriel Preciado - 6PM - 6:30PM
- Noticias Univision nevada a Las Once with Gabriel Preciado - 11PM - 11:35PM
KINC's news department also creates thirty second Newsbrieves which air both on KINC and KELV-LP as well as news related Station IDs that air solely on KINC at the top of each hour 3pm-5pm and 8pm-10pm.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|15.1||KINC-DT||Main KINC programming|
|15.2||KINC-DT2||KELV-LP (UniMás) ended 27 Sep 2011|
|15.2||KINC-DT2||LATV (LATV) effective 27 Sep 2011|
HDTV/High Definition Television
KINC began broadcasting in High Definition in June 2010, just in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Programming offered in HD by the Univision network is broadcast. Local news is aired in High Definition.
KINC's signal is relayed on the following translator stations: