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Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Use Services Report

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Released: October 26, 2011


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DA 11-1785
Released: October 26, 2011




The Media Bureau reminds digital television stations that their Annual DTV Ancillary/
Supplementary Use Services Report for Digital Television Stations (FCC Form 317) are due on or before
December 1, 2011.1

Who Must File

The following digital television stations must submit FCC Form 317:

A permittee operating pursuant to digital special temporary authority or licensee of a
digital commercial or noncommercial educational full power television broadcast

A licensee of a digital low power television, digital television translator or digital Class
A television station.

FCC Form 317

The above-outlined digital television stations must submit a separate FCC Form 317 for each
station detailing whether they provided "ancillary or supplementary services" at any time during the
twelve month period ending on September 30, 2011. Specifically, these digital television stations must
include in their annual report: (A) a brief description of the ancillary or supplementary services provided;
(B) which services were feeable; (C) whether any services provided were not subject to a fee; (D) the
gross revenues received from all feeable services provided during the applicable period; and (E) the
amount of bitstream used to provide services during the applicable period." In addition, all DTV stations
providing feeable services must remit a fee of five percent of the gross revenues derived from such
feeable services, as defined by the rules.2

1 See 47 C.F.R. 73.624(g).
2 See 47 C.F.R. 73.624(g); 47 U.S.C. 336(e).

All Stations Must File

All of the above-outlined digital television stations must submit FCC Form 317 by December 1,
2011 even if they did not provide ancillary or supplementary services. Section 73.624(g) of the rules
states that: "[f]ailure to file regardless of revenues from ancillary or supplementary services or provision
of such services
may result in appropriate sanctions."3

Submission of FCC Form 159 and Payment of Fee

DTV stations with feeable ancillary or supplementary services must also file an FCC Form 159
certifying the amount of gross revenues received from feeable ancillary or supplementary services for the
previous twelve months, ending September 30, 2011, and remitting payment of the required fee.

Requirement of Electronic Filing

FCC Form 317 must be filed electronically using the Media Bureau's Consolidated Database
System (CDBS). Paper-filed Form 317s will not be accepted. Instructions for use of the electronic filing
system are available in the CDBS User's Guide, which can be accessed from the electronic filing web site
For assistance with electronic filing, call the Media Bureau Help Desk at (202) 418-26MB (418-

Additional Information

For additional information or questions, please contact Shaun Maher of the Video Division,
Media Bureau at (202) 418-2324.
-- FCC --

3 47 C.F.R. 73.624(g)(2) (emphasis added).

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