DTV Station Status - Nov. 21, 2008

An update of the FCC DTV database.

DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS

LICENSED (LIC) 1248 (-0-)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 468 (+16)
STA (All variations - authorized) 998 (-1)
STA (Modifications) 157 (-0-)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 723 (-0-)

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

Final DTV Facilities Only (dtv_type = "POSTTRAN" or "BOTH")
CP Modification (CP MOD) 312 (+19)
APPLICATIONS (minus RM and elections) 409 (-0-)
(Change from Nov. 5, 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. The count of applications in the Nov. 5 total for Final DTV Facilities included applications for rulemaking for channel changes. These should not have been counted. The revised count for Nov. 5 is 409 applications. A spreadsheet ( showing all DTV entries (including digital LPTV and translator) in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files and a spreadsheet ( showing the entire TV engineering database (large file—over 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS are posted at The Nov. 19, 2008, spreadsheets are available now. Your comments and story leads are always appreciated! Drop me a note at