Affiliations2.1: Las Estrellas
Founded9 March 1994
First air date
4 September 1994 (29 years ago) (1994-09-04)
Former call signs
  • XHFTX-TV (1994–2002)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 57 (UHF, 1994–2015)
  • Digital: 38 (UHF, 2013–2016)
  • Virtual: 57 (2013–2018)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP200 kW[1]
HAAT67.8 m (222 ft)
Transmitter coordinates27°26′41.5″N 99°30′30.2″W / 27.444861°N 99.508389°W / 27.444861; -99.508389
WebsiteLas Estrellas

XHLAR-TDT (channel 2) is a television station in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is owned by TelevisaUnivision and carries its Las Estrellas network. The station's studios and transmitter are located on Avenida de la República in Nuevo Laredo.


Logo used as Televisa Nuevo Laredo

On 9 March 1994, Radiotelevisora de México Norte, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Televisa, was authorized to build 62 new stations, including channel 57 in Nuevo Laredo, with the call sign XHNUL-TV. XHNUL and sister XHRTA-TV in Reynosa, however, did not sign on with Mexican programming.

Instead, channel 57 signed on for the first time on 4 September of that same year as XHFTX-TV, broadcasting programming from the Fox network for Laredo, Texas. Prior to XHFTX's sign-on, Laredo viewers received their Fox programs on cable, either from the national Foxnet service or from KRRT in San Antonio.

In 2002, XHFTX, along with XHFOX in Reynosa, disaffiliated from Fox, with the station changing its call sign to XHLAR-TV; Fox programming was reportedly replaced on cable with San Antonio's KABB. It would be about five years before Laredo would get another local Fox affiliate, KXOF-CA. XHLAR then became Televisa Nuevo Laredo, carrying local programming as well as re-airs of programs from the other Televisa networks, including series from Canal 5 and live sports from Gala TV.

In February 2013, XHLAR began broadcasting in digital on channel 38.1 (virtual 57.1); it upgraded its signal to 1080i HD in March 2014.

In 2018, the concessions of all Las Estrellas stations were consolidated in the concessionaire Televimex, S.A. de C.V., as part of a corporate reorganization of Televisa's concessionaires.

Technical information

XHLAR broadcasts in 1080i HD on virtual channel 2.1. In December 2016, XHLAR was authorized to move from physical channel 38 to 29.[2] It was allowed to begin utilizing virtual channel 2, putting the station in line with the rest of the network, in August 2018.[3]

Subchannel of XHLAR-TDT[4]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
2.1 1080i 16:9 XHLAR Las Estrellas


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 14 January 2015. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  2. ^ Move to RF 29
  3. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Canales Virtuales. Last modified December 21, 2021. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for XHLAR". RabbitEars.