DTV Station Status per FCC CDBS – May 20, 2009
LICENSED (LIC) 1252 (+1)
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT:(CP) 715 (+3)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 573 (+4)
STA (All variations - authorized) 998 (-0-)
STA (Modifications) 157 (-0-)
APPLICATIONS (minus rule making and channel/service elections) 818 (+12)
Rule making - Digital channel changes
PENDING APPLICATIONS 80 (+1)
GRANTS 151 (-0-)
Final DTV Facilities Only (dtv_type = "POSTTRAN" or "BOTH")
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT:(CP) 582 (-1)
CP Modification (CP MOD) 433 (+4)
APPLICATIONS (minus RM and elections) 244 (-1)
(Change from May 7, 2009 listing)
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). Applications or permits for distributed transmission systems have each transmitter counted. 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 (dtvdb.zip) showing all DTV entries (including digital LPTV and translator) in the FCC CDBS TV engineering database files and a spreadsheet (tvdb.zip) showing the entire TV engineering database (large file - over 2 MB) extracted from the CDBS are posted at www.xmtr.com/fcc/. The May 20, 2009 spreadsheets are available now.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.