All commercial, Class A, and Low Power television stations that provided feeable ancillary or supplemental services between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 must file an Annual Ancillary/Supplemental Service Report by December 1, 2023.  Reports are filed on a station-by-station basis in the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) on Form 317.  

“Ancillary or supplementary services” include any services provided on the portion of a station’s spectrum not needed to transmit the one free, over-the-air video broadcast that licensees are required to transmit.  Multiple video streams that are received free to the public are not considered ancillary or supplementary services.         

The reports must describe the feeable ancillary or supplemental services, list the amount of DTV bitstream used to provide them, and identify gross revenues derived from the services.  Stations must also concurrently pay to the FCC 5% of that gross revenue. 

If you have questions or need any assistance with this filing requirement, please contact your FHH attorney.