San Antonio Television Stations
San Antonio has a healthy market for television media. In addition to local television stations, San Antonio has numerous cable TV companies and satellite television providers and because of the large hispanic population in San Antonio, spanish speaking channels are quite prolific in the Alamo city and in south Texas. Local stations have a broadcast area covering San Antonio, Bexar county, all adjacent counties as well as coverage beyond. The television stations and service providers in San Antonio offer a variety of news and entertainment programming for San Antonio television viewers.
Local News and Television Stations
The major networks of CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX all have local affiliates in San Antonio. The entertainment programming is generally network prescribed but the local news and other San Antonio focused programs are available on all the local channels, primarily in the mornings. The local San Antonio network affiliates are listed below:
KSAT 12 - Local ABC network affiliate on channel 12
WOAI 4 - San Antonio NBC affiliate formerly known as KMOL 4
KENS 5 - CBS affiliate closely tied to the Express- News airing on channel 5
KABB 29 - FOX local broadcasting affiliate on channel 29
Viewers generally watch the same newscast and are loyal for one reason or another. Personally, I don't have a newscast or channel preference but I am interested in getting an accurate weather forecast. I have found that Steve Browne on KSAT 12 is quite accurate for his weather forecasts. Steve is also fun to watch as viewers can tell that he really loves talking about the weather and sharing his love for gardening. Steve seems to forecast accurately the weather that is headed to San Antonio and the region with a fun loving delivery. If Steve Browne is on vacation, Jennifer Broome on WOAI channel 4 gives a pretty good forecast and even predicted Hurricane Katrina's landfall location with more accuracy than other forecasters.
Local news programs in the morning are great for early San Antonio risers. KENS 5 has always been our preference. The KENS 5 morning team has seen a boost in television viewership recently with good newsworthy stories. San Antonio just lost Ainsley Earhardt (KENS morning anchor) to the FOX news channel in New York. While she was here, we got to know her through some friends and can attest that she is a very sweet, sincere and caring lady. She is a good hearted person and we wish her the very best. We still watch the KENS 5 morning news and enjoy the interpersonal relationships the news anchors seem to have with each other with Fred Lozano being somewhat of a "father figure".
Cable/Satellite Television Service Providers
San Antonio cable and satellite television companies are increasing in number throughout Bexar and surrounding counties. With fiber optics, satellite, and other television transmission technologies on the rise, communication firms are increasingly offering more television programming options at a rapid pace. Our experiences with cable television providers are listed here.
Grande Communications - Grande is a locally based cable provider headquartered in San Marcos. Grande has been in the San Antonio market since its founding in 1999 and now providing cable television service for most of Texas. Grande offers reliable cable and internet service with competitive rates. Installation is provided by Grande Communications employees and they do not use third party contractors, which is an advantage.
Time Warner Cable - Time Warner is probably the oldest cable television provider in San Antonio and the most established but increased competition in the San Antonio telecom industry has Time Warner expanding their available services. Roadrunner internet service has been a part of Time Warner Cable package options and have recently begun offering cable telephone service as part of their cable television/communications package. Time Warner uses contractors for most of their installations as this has been our experience on several occasions. The Time Warner contract installers are not the strong suit of Time Warner cable service. The channel lineup is expansive with numerous options but the call backs for bad modems, connections, clean-up, etc. left us with a less than favorable opinion of Time Warner Cable so we left.
AT&T - Formerly SBC, AT&T offers satellite television service in San Antonio and has just recently come out with a hardwire cable television service called U-verse. It is based on a new television technology and will be available throughout the city in the near future. U-verse is currently only available in certain San Antonio areas but will be expanding. AT&T satellite programming is an option only if the dish can be installed unobstructed facing the required direction and evidently has reception problems during thunderstorms and high winds.