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DTV Station Status

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS – Sept. 19, 2007:
LICENSED (LIC) 1192 (+14)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 311 (-3)
STA (All variations - authorized) 1047 (-0-)
STA (Modifications) 167 (-2)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 223 (+7)

Rule making - Digital channel changes
GRANTS 156 (+1)
(Change from Sept. 5, 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. The variation in STA modifications this week was due to two applications for STA modifications being incorrectly added to the previous total, which should have been 167, same as this week. Applications are not included in the STA totals.

A spreadsheet ( showing all DTV entries (including digital LPTV and translator) in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files as well as a spreadsheet ( showing the entire TV engineering database (large file - over 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS are available at The updated zip files were uploaded Weds. Sept. 19 and should carry that file date or later.

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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.