|Tampa Bay Area, Florida
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||1988 |
|Call letters' meaning||TeleFuTura Tampa|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Transmitter power||750 kW|
|Height||472 m (1,549 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WFTT-TV, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 25), is a UniMás-affiliated television station serving Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, United States that is licensed to Venice. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, which also operates Tampa-licensed Univision-owned station WVEA-TV (channel 50) under a local marketing agreement with the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. The two stations share studios on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa; WFTT's transmitter is located in Riverview. WFTT is available on cable television throughout the Tampa Bay area on Charter Spectrum channel 5, and on Comcast Xfinity channel 23 in Sarasota County.
The station first signed on the air in 1988 as WBHS (a "TV" suffix was added to the call letters in 1992), serving as the flagship station of the Home Shopping Network. The station was originally by HSN's broadcasting arm Silver King Broadcasting. HSN programming was supplemented with locally produced public affairs and human interest briefs for 4½ minutes each hour, which exceeded the number of hours independent stations were required to provide local programming (over 12 broadcast hours a week, counting repeats). The Sunday schedule was devoted to children's programming, including 1970s shows such as New Zoo Revue, to expose them to a younger audience.
In 1996, Barry Diller acquired the Home Shopping Network; two years later, HSN acquired USA Networks and renamed the broadcasting group as USA Broadcasting. Plans emerged in the late 1990s to convert WBHS-TV into a general entertainment independent station by 2002, mirroring the local programming-infused format that was already adopted by its stations in cities such as Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami; however, USA Broadcasting (owned by USA Networks) decided to sell its television stations in 2000, before any plans to change the station's format were made. The Walt Disney Company made a bid to acquire the group (which could have made a partnership with Scripps-owned WFTS-TV, which recently just became the new ABC affiliate for Tampa Bay over 5 years ago at the time), but was outbid by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications. WBHS-TV remained with HSN until January 14, 2002, when it became a charter owned-and-operated station of Univision's secondary network TeleFutura (which was renamed UniMás in January 2013) and changed its call letters to WFTT.
On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, WFTT and sister station WVEA swapped channel numbers, with WFTT moving to digital channel 25 and virtual channel 62.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|62.1||1080i||16:9||WFTT-DT||Main WFTT-TV programming / UniMás|
WFTT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 47, using PSIP to display WFTT-TV's virtual channel as 50 on digital television receivers.