DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS – September 5, 2007:
LICENSED (LIC) 1178 (+4)
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT:(CP) 331 (-3)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 314 (-1)
STA (All variations) 1047 (-0-)
STA (Modifications) 169 (+2)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 216 (+34)
Rule making - Digital channel changes
PENDING APPLICATIONS 19 (-0-)
GRANTS 155 (-0-)
(Change from August 22, 2007 listing)
Note: These totals do not include digital class A TV, low-power TV or TV translator entries. The total will be greater than the number of DTV stations as some stations have licenses, construction permits and applications on file. Some stations also have licenses, construction permits or applications for backup facilities (auxiliary broadcast). Subtracting the STA Modification number from the number in STA (all variations) will give a more accurate indication of the number of DTV stations operating under STA, although STA records sometimes remain in the CDBS long after the licensed facility is operational.
A spreadsheet (dtvdb.zip) showing all DTV entries in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files as well as a spreadsheet (tvdb.zip) showing the entire TV engineering database (a large file—more than 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS are available at www.xmtr.com/fcc/. The updated zip files were uploaded Thursday, Sept. 6, and should carry that file date or later.
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