In 1993, KAVU became a exclusive ABC affiliate after that station dropped NBC programming. Cable providers then piped network-owned KXAS-TV from Ft. Worth-Dallas, KPRC-TV from Houston or KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV) from San Antonio due to KAVU being disaffiliated from NBC. NBC then affiliated with K64EQ (now KXTS-LD, channel 41 currently a CBS affiliate) in 1994, this lasted until 1995 when the station became a charted affiliate of UPN.
On March 29, 2021, KAVU fell into line with the rest of the Morgan Murphy Stations properties in adopting the group's orange/gray graphics as well as the "Vision" news music theme from inthegroovemusic previously introduced at WISC-TV, WKBT-DT, KXLY-TV, and KAPP/KVEW. KAVU also ditched its longtime quarter-circle logo and "Newscenter 25" branding, replacing the former with a new "Star 25" logo (featuring a tiny play button, as incorporated into the logos at its sister stations) and the latter with the 25 News Now brand, also helping bring it in line with the rest of the group.