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Television Equipment List

Television Station Construction Costs


This section provides equipment guidelines for a basic production and transmission capability for a typical public television station with PBS satellite interconnect. This listing has been updated to include digital equipment that stations will require for conversion to digital broadcasting.

Applicants should also refer to the List of Eligible and Ineligible Equipment.

Grantees should be able to purchase digital capable transmission systems within these pricing guidelines. The final budget should be determined on the basis of an engineering study for the digital total power output (TPO) allocation and coverage of the area desired.

Pricing does NOT reflect the following:

  • Costs of land, buildings, power installation to transmitter building meter panel output, generators, air conditioning, renovation, and other facilities expenditures that are ineligible under the PTFP.
  • Costs of office and studio furniture (except for video switcher and audio console cabinets), office machines, and similar ineligible costs under the PTFP.
  • Educational discounts from vendors and manufacturers. All pricing is based on basic capability and is shown at retail list price. (An educational discount of at least 10% to 15% should be expected.)
When existing tower space is available, reasonable costs for a stress study and for strengthening the tower are eligible for PTFP support. We have not provided estimated costs for these services because they vary so greatly.


NOTE: NTIA provides these lists for your general guidance regarding quantity and pricing of broadcast equipment typically supported by the program. Applicants do not have to buy everything listed.
Please provide information in Exhibit C about your station's special needs if your request exceeds the quantities or prices included in these guidelines.

PTFP regards stand-by power generators and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units as essential equipment when justified as discussed here. PTFP supports only the minimum level of equipment required to keep a station's signal on the air. Emergency power for origination equipment is considered in addition to transmission equipment when the applicant demonstrates that such equipment is integral to the emergency service it provides. Stand-by generators and UPS units to provide power to entire facilities are not contemplated for PTFP support.

The need for stand-by power and UPS units must be supported by documenting one or more of the following:

  1. the station is part of a state or regional system to which the public is referred by local authorities for information during an emergency, such as an evacuation from a storm; or
  2. the station is a relay point for the distribution of emergency information to get to transmitters beyond its local coverage area; or
  3. the station is the sole source of emergency information in its service area in contrast to a station that is one of many in the area broadcasting the EAS; or
  4. the station has experienced a pattern of frequent transmitter power outages accompanied by delayed restoration of power.

Construction Costs of Typical Public Television Stations

Transmission
Master Control
Captioning, EAS/CAP, Datacasting Equipment, and Receiver
Production Control
Satellite Interconnect
Portable HDTV Package
Digital Tape Editing System
Non-linear Editing Station
DTV Test Equipment
25 Watt Digital Translator
DTV Equipment List


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Digital Television Construction Costs
NTIA ENGINEERING
SECTION A. TRANSMISSION


ATSC TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT
  Low VHF High VHF UHF 1 UHF 2 UHF 3
Item Description 5 kW
Avg SS
10kW
Avg SS
2.5 kW
Avg SS
15 kW
Avg SS
60kW
Avg IOT
ATSC television transmitter with filter and spares 390,000 690,000 325,000 680,000 950,000
TV broadcast antenna
(Price range from side to top mount)
Antenna installation
40,000- 
200,000 
50,000 
40,000- 
200,000 
70,000 
60,000- 
250,000 
70,000 
80,000- 
250,000 
70,000 
120,000- 
375,000 
75,000 
Transmission line cost
with installation (1,500 ft)
85,000
90,000
(3 1/8")
85,000
90,000
(3 1/8")
85,000
90,000
(3 1/8")
185,000
140,000
(6 1/8")
340,000
150,000
(8")
Dummy load 3,500 3,500 4,500 6,000 8,000
Tower, 1,500 ft, guyed with strobe lights
(65 lb wind load -- " ice)
1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000
Tower foundation 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Tower installation 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
Test package, includes RF Analyzer, Transport Stream (TS) Analyzer, DTV Demod., power and A/V monitoring 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000
Frequency Reference System 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Digital or Dual System STL (hot standby w/changeover; 500 ft line, 8 ft antennas) 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Digital microwave interconnect (500 ft line, 6 ft antennas) 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
STL Tower -- 100 ft, installed 47,000 47,000 47,000 47,000 47,000
XMTR remote control 25,000 25,000 25,000 35,000 35,000
Line dehydrator system 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
AC Power installation 15,000 25,000 15,000 25,000 30,000
Regulation & Surge suppression 5,000 10,000 5,000 10,000 35,000
Ducting & forced air system 10,000 25,000 15,000 30,000 20,000
Installation materials - miscellaneous: wire, strap 5,000 10,000 5,000 10,000 10,000
Equipment racks, complete 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
RF parts (patch panel, elbows) 7,500 10,000 7,500 10,000 10,000
Directional couplers for power measurement 7,500 10,000 7,500 10,000 10,000
XMTR Proof-of-Performance 8,000 10,000 8,000 10,000 10,000
RF combiner for N+1 or N-1 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 75,000
Standby power generator and UPS Cost dependent upon transmitter power and air conditioning need - $25,000 to $100,000


SECTION B. MASTER CONTROL
 
Item Description Quantity PTFP Allowance
Satellite antenna - XMTR Direct Feed 1 6,000
Satellite demodulator for Network feed 4 25,000
Multichannel server SD/HD - 12 input, 10 output 1 lot 250,000
Master Control Raid Storage 18 TB 5 raid frames 1 105,000
Master Control Router 128x128 1 250,000
Audio embedders/de-embedders 5 ea 30,000
Master Control Racks and mounting equipment 1 lot 10-20,000
Identification system ("bug") inserter - video 4 30,000
ATSC Encoder 2-4 SD, 1 HD w/multiplexer 1 lot 125,000
Automation System (Computers and Software) 1 150,000
Program Archive System (DVD, Hard Drive, Optical) 1 150,000
Test and monitoring system
2 serial component measurement sets - 17,000; 16x9 line monitor - 18,000;
off-air receiver - 6,000;
digital scope - 14,000
1 lot 69,000
Master control terminal gear (DAs, monitors, patching, processors, sync generators) 1 lot 80,000
Miscellaneous installation materials (Wire/Connectors) 1 lot 20,000
Master Control Switcher 1 135,000
Digital Videotape Recorders 4 160,000
Master Control Integrator Installation, prints, design, install 1 lot 100,000


Captioning, EAS, Datacasting Equipment, and Receivers
Item Description
Captioning encoder 14,700
  computer 3,000
 
EAS/CAP Compliant receiver/decoder/injection 8,000
 
Datacasting Encapsulator - includes redundant units with changeover 10,500
  multiplexer-includes redundant units with changeover 15,000
  security software 20,000
  installation and training 10,000
 
Radio Reading Service Receiver Digital Television set top box receiver/decoder for Visually Impaired and Print Handicapped Programming 150

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OTHER Television Equipment

Production Control and Studio Equipment (TV)

QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
3 Studio CCD 16 x9 Switchable cameras w/lenses $450,000
3 Pedestals and Mounting Heads for cameras 90,000
1 Production video switcher w/HD 2.5 ME 250,000
3 Digital videotape recorders with monitoring 200,000
2 Digital Format Converter/upconverter 30,000
1 Character generator/Graphics Station 80,000
1 lot Dual channel still store 50,000
1 lot Monitor wall system 40,000
1 lot Intercom system 70,000
1 lot Video switcher/audio console mounting cabinetry   15,000
1 Production audio console, router and control surface 125,000
2 Production control speakers 3,000
2 Studio monitor speakers 1,000
1 lot Digital Audio 5.1 encoder/HD/SD delay, AES Audio Multiplexer 12,500
2 Studio color monitors 10,000
1 lot Assorted microphones 15,000
1 lot Production and master control headsets and headphones 1,500
1 lot Production lighting board and grid, including installation 100,000
1 lot Production light fixtures 75,000
1 lot Miscellaneous installation materials (wire, ground strap, etc.) 15,000
1 Dual limiter for audio 2,500
1 Color 16 x 9 match monitor for video control 20" 23,000
4 Serial component measurement sets 33,980
1 Video control serial digital matching switcher 3,595
1 lot Master and production control integrator installation 100,000


QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
1 6.1 meter upgradable antenna with LNBs, foundation, and installation $50,584
1 Satellite Decoder/Demodulator with HD baseband output 15,000
4 PBS satellite receivers @ $9,000 each 36,000
200' " foam dielectric coax 1,100
1 DACS decoder purchased from PBS and associated computer 3,400
1 Audio/video jack panel 700
1 Dehydrator 1,500
1 lot Miscellaneous air fittings, wire, ground strap, hardware, rack, etc. 1,500
1 lot Fencing 2,500
   


PBS Satellite Interconnect (KU Band TV) Upgrade to Transmit
QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
1 3-port linearly polarized feed (includes install/test combiner - patterns supplied when upgrading PBS-supplied antenna) $15,000
2 Transmit reject filters 3,000
1 Video exciter 23,000
1 Upconverter 5,000
1 500-watt TWTA 53,500
50' EWP 132 waveguide and crossover kit 2,200
2 Waveguide switches 3,600
1 RF load 3,000
1 Pressure window 520
2 Equipment racks 1,600
1 lot Rigid waveguide 500
1 lot Servo subsystem to include Antenna Control Unit; Motor Controller; Brushless Resolvers (2500 MHZ - 3 per unit); 3 axis Drive Package; System cables for 100' 16,500
1 Video monitor 500
1 lot Waveform/Vectorscope monitor 9,500
1 lot Miscellaneous installation materials 2,000
1 lot Installation/proof of performance with patterns (2 persons/3 days) 12,000
Note: This listing is based on analog uplink capability and does not include digital encoding equipment. For specific applications, the PTFP will support the purchase of digital encoders as part of the project. The cost of the digital encoders will vary depending upon the system selected and the audience to be served.


QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
1 Portable HD camera with lens and cases $75,000
1 In-house HD playback with down-converter and HD/SDI outputs 55,000
1 Portable audio mixer 1,500
1 Shotgun microphone with fishpole 800
1 Portable lighting kit 1,500
1 lot Assorted battery packs and chargers 2,000
1 Tripod and fluid head with case 3,000
1 HD Waveform monitor for quality analysis 8,000
1 HD monitor for Quality Analysis 10,000
1 lot Assorted cables and hardware 500
   


QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
1-3 Non-linear editing system (computer control, interface, software) 45-135,000
2-6 16 x 9 Color monitors 12-36,000
1 Raid Storage with SAN 95,000
1 lot Audio amplifier with speakers or powered speakers 1-3,000
1-3 Waveform monitor 6-18,000
1 lot Installation and commissioning 25,000
   


QTY DESCRIPTION MASTER XMTR
1 Volt/Ohm meter 500 500
1 Video signal test generator 12,480 12,480
1 Realtime transport stream monitor w/PCR-PTS & 310   13,000
1 Video/Audio multichannel test set 5.1 17,500
1 Bench power supply 500 500
1 ATSC stream analyzer 50,000  
1 Spectrum analyzer with sideband adapter   18,000
1 Waveform/Vectorscope   9,500
1 Color monitor   5,000
1 Scope camera   700
1 Frequency counter   4,500
1 Field intensity meter 6,000  
1 Test oscilloscope with cart 5,995  
1 Audio test set 5,500  
     


QTY DESCRIPTION PRICE
1 25-watt digital translator $25,000
1 Omnidirectional slot antenna 5,000
100' Transmission line w/connectors and hangers 1,800
100' Television tower 10,000
1 Tower foundation 5,000
1 lot Tower installation, including mounting antenna and line 6,500
1 Off-air receive antenna and line 500
1 lot Translator installation 1,500
1 Equipment shelter 17,500
   
Updated: 1/12/2011
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