Low Power TV(LPTV) Stations

The FCC created low-power television (LPTV) service in 1982 to provide opportunities for locally-oriented television service in small communities. These communities may be in rural areas or may be individual communities within larger urban areas. LPTV stations are operated by diverse groups and organizations including high schools and colleges, churches and religious groups, local governments, large and small businesses and individual citizens. LPTV programming can include satellite-delivered programming services, syndicated programs, movies, and a wide range of locally-produced programs.

What Are Low Power TV (LPTV) Stations?

There are three categories of low-power television stations: (1) LPTV; (2) Class A; and (3) TV translator stations. A station's status can change between the three categories.

LPTV stations are low-power stations that may rebroadcast TV signals and originate programming in any amount and in any combination.

Class A TV stations are LPTV stations that, under the Community Broadcasters Protection Act of 1999, are entitled to greater interference protection than ordinary LPTV stations, if they broadcast a minimum of 18 hours per day and air at least three hours of locally-produced programming each week.

A TV translator station rebroadcasts the programming of a full-power TV broadcast station on another channel. TV translator stations typically serve communities that cannot receive the signals of full-power over-the-air TV stations because the translator is too far away from the full-power station or because of intervening geography that disrupts a signal (such as uneven or mountainous terrain).

Thunderhill LLC has been actively involved with the installation and programming of LPTV facilites in a 5 state area in the West .