Analog LPTV and Digital Replacement Translator Deadlines Announced

Posted on July 30th, 2020 by

With the three-year post-auction transition now complete, the FCC’s Media Bureau has announced certain deadlines that were previously mandated by the statute authorizing the TV auction.

Specifically, LPTV stations still operating in analog have until July 13, 2021 to terminate all analog operations, even if their digital facilities are not yet operational. No extensions of that deadline are possible.

LPTV or TV translator stations that experience difficulties with building out their permitted digital facilities may seek one extension of time, of not more than 180 days, but must do so by March 13, 2021.  Extensions must be justified.

Finally, eligible full power television stations have until July 13, 2021 to seek digital-to-digital replacement translators for any lost digital service area resulting from the repacking process.