DTV Station Status

Between the last DTV Station Status report on July 25, 2006 and Aug. 6, 2006, the FCC has issued 17 new licenses. The net number of new construction permits decreased by 23, offset by six new modified construction permits for a total reduction of 17 CPs.

The FCC continues to work through the backlog of license applications filed to meet the July 1, 2006 "use-it-or-lose-it" DTV construction deadline. The number of DTV applications (excluding rule making and channel/service elections) also dropped significantly to 243; 18 less than on July 25.

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS - Aug. 6, 2006:
LICENSED (LIC): 929 (+17)
CP Modification (CP MOD): 410 (+6)
STA (All variations):1065 (-3)
STA (Modifications): 171 (-0-)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections): 243 (-18)

Rule making - Digital channel changes
GRANTS: 155 (-0-)

(Change from July 25, 2006 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 after the licensed facility is operational.

A spreadsheet showing all current DTV entries in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files may be downloaded from CDBS database files used for the spreadsheets carry a date of Aug. 6, 2006. The entire TV engineering database (large file - over 2MB) extracted from the CDBS is available from