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DTV Station Status

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS – July 30, 2008

LICENSED (LIC) 1248 (-0-)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 349 (+17)
STA (All variations - authorized) 1012 (-0-)
STA (Modifications) 161 (-0-)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 895 (-53)

Rule making - Digital channel changes
GRANTS 156 (-0-)

Final DTV Facilities Only (dtv_type = “POSTTRAN” or “BOTH”)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 169 (+26)
APPLICATIONS (minus RM and elections) 660 (-49)
(Change from July 16, 2008 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.

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 – more than 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS will be available at Due to travel and work out of the office the two weeks I was unable to upload the July 16, 2008 spreadsheets. The July 30, 2008 spreadsheets are available 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.