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DTV Station Status

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS — Apr. 9, 2008:

The number of full-service DTV applications in the CDBS actually dropped over the past two weeks compared with an increase of 158 applications in the previous two-week period (ending Mar. 26). It is clear the FCC is moving quickly to process these applications, as the number of new construction permits increased by 73 in the past two weeks. There was no change in the number of DTV licenses.

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. Entries with the call sign “TEST” are not included.

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 — greater than 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS are available at The Apr. 9, 2008, spreadsheet is available for download now.

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.