Thank you for reading the first Eight Digital Broadcasting newsletter.
On this date next year, Feb. 17, 2009, the digital transition will have taken place. This digital transition can seem complicated, but Eight is here to help you through it. We want you to feel comfortable and confident about the changes, and make those changes as smooth as possible for you and your family.
As you may know, Eight currently broadcasts a digital signal that reaches across Maricopa and Pinal counties (see map). As soon as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gives us permission (and we acquire the funding), we will begin work on converting our translator transmitters across the state. The goal is to bring digital television (DTV) to all Arizonans who currently watch Eight.
Basically there are three choices in dealing with the digital transition: (1) equip your analog TV set with a digital-to-analog converter, (2) subscribe to a Pay TV service (such as cable or satellite), or (3) buy a digital television set (a TV set with a digital tuner).
In the months to come, we'll provide more details on the nuances about digital broadcasting and identify actions for you to consider regarding your future needs and enjoyment.
Brendan McEvoy Editor
Do You Use a TV Antenna to Watch Eight?
This month, we want to focus on the federal government's Digital Converter Box Coupon Program. Detailed articles can be found here and here, but it basically comes down to this: The government is making two $40 coupons available to each American household for the purchase of certain digital-to-analog converters, and you can request your coupons online or by phone (1-888-388-2009).
If an analog television set in your house uses a TV antenna for reception (meaning no cable, satellite or other pay service), you will need a digital-to-analog converter. Several models of converters are already available in stores. You can find the retailer closest to you here.
You may want to purchase a converter with “RF pass through” (the ability to also receive current analog signals, like Eight, via your TV antenna). These converters are especially recommended for homes in rural areas.
Request your coupons today. Digital-to-analog converters are on store shelves now.
Today, over-the-air (OTA) households equipped to receive a digital television signal in Maricopa County and most of Pinal County, and households that subscribe to Cox digital cable can enjoy Eight's three digital channels: Eight HD (8.1), Eight Create (8.2) and Eight World (8.3).
Programs featured below are broadcast with improved picture and sound quality and can be seen with an antenna on digital channel 8.1 or on Cox 708 or Qwest Choice 308. Eight HD schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9pm Watch the 2006 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical that tells the story of Bobby, a confirmed 35-year-old bachelor who is transforming from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist.
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9pm & midnight Learn how folk music legend Pete Seeger went from the top of the charts to the top of the blacklist—banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. This is the first authorized film to document his experience and contributions.
Saturday's lifestyle, cooking, travel and how-to marathons can be seen with an antenna on digital channel 8.2 or on Cox 80. Eight Create schedule
Best Recipes in the World
Saturday, Feb. 23 Search for the world's best food with author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman as he travels to Valencia, Spain; Tuscany, Italy; Devon, England; and the Napa Valley.
Saturday, March 1 Decide for yourself: Who is the world's greatest chef? Visit the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York for 12 episodes of the series Chef's Story, which uncovers the world of the star chefs.
KNOW YOUR WORLD
PBS' award-winning public affairs programs and documentary series can be seen with an antenna on digital channel 8.3 or on Cox 88. Eight World schedule
Red Tail Reborn
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4pm & 7pm Learn the story of the first and only black fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who were commissioned in 1941 to help defend distressed Allied bombers in Europe.
America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
South: The Black Belt airs Friday, Feb. 22 at 5pm & 10pm
Chicago: Streets of Heaven airs Friday, Feb. 22 at 6pm & 11pm
East Coast: Ebony Towers airs Friday, Feb. 29 at 5pm
Los Angeles: Black Hollywood airs Friday, Feb. 29 at 6pm
Join the Harvard scholar as he travels to four different parts of America to meet the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential to those at the grassroots.
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