|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)|
|Branding||UniMás 61 Fresno|
|Affiliations||61.1: UniMás (O&O; 2013–present)|
|Owner||Univision Communications |
(UniMas Fresno LLC)
First air date
|May 6, 1992|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
61 (UHF, 1992–2009)
48 (UHF, 2003–2018)
Pax TV (1998–2003)
The Worship Network (2003–?, overnight)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||811 m (2,661 ft)|
|Translator(s)||KTFF-LD 41 (31 UHF) Fresno|
KFTV-DT 21.6 (UHF) Hanford
Public license information
KTFF-DT, virtual channel 61 (UHF digital channel 23), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Fresno, California, United States that is licensed to Porterville. Owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, it is part of a duopoly with Hanford-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station KFTV-DT (channel 21). Both stations share studios on Univision Plaza near the corner of North Palm and West Herndon avenues in northwestern Fresno, while KTFF's transmitter is located on Blue Ridge in rural northwestern Tulare County.
The station's programming is relayed to the northern half of the market on low-power translator station KTFF-LD (virtual channel 41, UHF digital channel 31) in Fresno, with transmitter on Bald Mountain near Meadow Lakes. It is also simulcast in high-definition on KFTV-DT's sixth digital subchannel (virtual and UHF channel 21.6) from a separate transmitter on Bald Mountain.
The station first signed on the air on May 6, 1992 as KKAK; originally operating as an independent station, the station aired a mix of infomercials, religious and home shopping programs. The station changed its call letters to KKAG in 1994. In 1998, KKAG was sold to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks). On August 31 of that year, the station became an owned-and-operated station of Paxson's family-oriented television network Pax TV upon its launch, and changed its call letters to KPXF. In 2003, Paxson sold KPXF to Univision Communications, creating a duopoly with Univision O&O KFTV (channel 21); after the sale was finalized, the station's calls were changed to KTFF, it also became an owned-and-operated station of Univision's secondary network TeleFutura (which relaunched as UniMás on February 7, 2013).
Univision subsequently purchased Shop at Home affiliate KAJA-LP (channel 68, now on channel 41) from Cocola Broadcasting to become a fill-in translator for KTFF, adopting the KTFF-LD call letters (ironically, the KAJA calls are currently used as a brand name for low-power station K68DJ in Corpus Christi, Texas, which also broadcasts on UHF channel 68).
In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order concerning KTFF and former owner Paxson Communications, denying a review of the sale of KTFF to Univision; it also implemented a deal with Christian Network, Inc. (CNI), parent company of The Worship Network (which formerly carried its programming on Pax TV's stations as both a late night block and later as a dedicated subchannel service), giving the religious broadcaster the right to program KTFF seven days a week from 1 to 6 a.m. In addition, the station was required to provide a digital channel for CNI's exclusive use (so long as certain conditions are met), after KTFF signed on its digital signal, if it used two or more subchannel slots. However, as of 2014[update], KTFF broadcasts UniMás programming full-time, though the date the station stopped carrying The Worship Network is unknown. It is also unknown if the discontinuance is tied to Pax's successor, Ion Television, ending carriage of The Worship Network in 2010.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|61.1||720p||16:9||KTFF-DT||Main KTFF-DT programming / UniMás|
|61.2||KFTV-DT||Simulcast of KFTV-DT / Univision|
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates|
|Fresno||KTFF-LD||31||15 kW||565 m (1,854 ft)||23272|
KTFF-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 61, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
KTFF-DT is one of nearly 1,000 television stations that were required to change their digital channel allocation in the spectrum auction repack in late 2017 or early 2018. KTFF was to reallocate its digital signal to UHF channel 23 in phase one of the repack. The FCC licensed the station to broadcast on channel 23 on December 20, 2018.