How to use SAP

Mandarin or Cantonese…It’s your choice with SAP.

KTSF’s award-winning dramas can now be viewed in both dialects. Whenever a SAP (Second Audio Program) symbol is displayed on a program, you can watch the show in the dialect of your choice. Here are some tips for taking advantage of this service:

Do all TVs and VCRs have the SAP function?

  • Most “stereo-equipped” TVs and VCRs sold after 1990 include SAP decoders. However, some smaller and more basic sets sold today aren’t SAP capable.

How can I access SAP?

We have a couple easy recommendations on how to do this:

  • The fastest, most direct way is to consult the operating manual that came with your TV or VCR. Look for the SAP channel operation under the audio section and follow the instructions to turn on SAP.
  • If you can’t locate your manual, don’t worry! Look at the remote control device for your TV or VCR. If it has a SAP button, press that button to activate SAP.
  • If your remote does not have a SAP button, press the MENU button. Search under audio, stereo or SAP from the menu screen. The “menu” button may also have the following names: program, set-up, audio.

What KTSF programs feature SAP?

  • KTSF currently offers SAP on the majority of our drama programs from 8-10 P.M. Monday to Friday.

After I finish watching a program, do I have to turn off SAP?

  • No. The SAP function will only be activated when you are watching a program offering SAP (on KTSF, this is only on dramas from 8-10 P.M.) All other programs will still be broadcast in their original language. When would you need to turn off SAP? If, for example, you switch to an English station that has a Spanish SAP channel, you would have to turn off the SAP in order to hear English.

Where can I get more information?

  • If you have any questions, please send an email to:
    or call KTSF at (415) 468-2626 during regular business hours (9am-5pm).