DTV Station Status

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS - Feb. 4, 2006:
LICENSED (LIC): 861 (+15)
CP Modification (CP MOD): 360 (-9)
STA (All variations): 1080 (-0-)
STA (Modifications): 172 (+1)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections): 213 (+75)

Rule making - Digital channel changes
GRANTS: 154 (-0-)

(Change from Jan. 22, 2006 listing)

The large increase in applications was due to the FCC adding applications with engineering data for negotiated channel changes to the database. For a look at the latest items added to the FCC's TV Engineering database, download the spreadsheets from the links below and sort on the "application_id" column. The larger the application_id, the more recent the entry.

Note: These totals do not include digital Class A TV, low-power TV or TV translator stations. 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 license, 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.

A spreadsheet showing all current DTV entries in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files may be downloaded from All CDBS database files used for the spreadsheets carry a date of Feb. 4, 2006. The entire TV engineering database (large file - over 2MB) extracted from the CDBS is available now from