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DTV Station Status

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS – April 23, 2008:
LICENSED (LIC) 1231 (-0-)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 278 (-8)
STA (All variations - authorized) 1018 (-3)
STA (Modifications) 161 (-0-)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 409 (-45)

Rule making - Digital channel changes
GRANTS 156 (-0-)
(Change from April 9, 2008 listing)

The number of full-service DTV applications in CDBS dropped again. The decrease in applications, no change in the number of full service DTV licenses in CDBS in the last four weeks and an increase of 75 in the number of new construction permits, make it clear the FCC working hard to get construction permits issued so broadcaster can complete construction of their post transition DTV facilities before the analog shut off next February.

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 - over 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS will be available at The April 23, 2008 spreadsheets are available for download now.

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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.