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Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News

May 19, 2008
Digital e-News

  Dear Friend of Eight,  

One of Eight's goals this year is to get you ready for the Digital Transition coming February 17, 2009.

Although you don't need to buy a new TV to enjoy digital television (DTV), the pictures and sound from a high-definition television (HDTV) set are remarkable. This month we'll talk about recycling your old TV set.

If you're new to Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News, you can read past editions through the archive links (above) and get information on the government's Converter Box Coupon program, tools to find retailers of converter boxes, and links to azpbs.org/digital — including a tool to help you determine the best digital solution for you.

Best wishes,

John Menzies
Guest editor


By February 17, 2009 you will have made one of three choices to watch digital broadcasting:

  1. Keep your older analog TV and purchase a digital-to-analog converter box and receive digital broadcasting with an antenna. (Here's a site that compares converter box features.)
  2. Keep your older analog TV and subscribe to a Pay TV service to receive digital broadcasts (an upgrade fee and other costs may be associated with these digital services).
  3. Purchase a new digital television with a digital tuner (a tuner is a device that receives broadcast signals with an antenna).

If you buy a new high-definition television set …

… be prepared before you shop

As a wise consumer, decide what you need before you shop. Remember, you are the customer. It's possible that you may know more about the digital transition than the sales representative serving you. Don't be afraid to visit another store if the information you receive sounds too complicated or incorrect.

  1. Ask about service and setup assistance before you buy
  2. Ask for a hook-up demonstration before you leave the store
  3. Make certain you like the remote control by testing it
  4. Don't buy a new antenna until you test your old one

… recycle your old TV

Recycle your old TVIf you decide to dispose of your old TV set, be sure to do it properly — one TV set can leak eight pounds of lead into the environment. There are many options to donate and recycle TV's. A good overview can be found at the Consumers Union site, and local recyclers can be found at E-cycling Central, My Green Electronics, and at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (under Local Community Information, click on "Recycling Electronics" — a page opens with numerous Electronics choices; click on "Television" and enter your zip code into the search tool).

Need more help?

Visit azpbs.org/digital and check Eight's Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at AskEight@asu.edu or 480.965.2308.


Q: I recently bought a digital-to-analog converter box, but now we cannot watch the weekday morning programs on analog Eight. When will these weekday shows be on your digital channel 8.1?

A: It's unfortunate you did not buy a converter box with RF pass-though (also called analog pass-through) which allows you to watch both analog and digital TV signals. We are working to simulcast all of Eight's programming on Eight HD (8.1). This month we expanded on our prime time simulcasts and added additional weekend hours from 7am to 11pm. Beginning in July, you will be able to watch PBS Kids programs and Charlie Rose on 8.1 at the very same time they appear on analog Eight.

If you have DTV questions, check Eight's Frequently Asked Questions or Ask Eight at AskEight@asu.edu.

About Eight Digital Broadcasting

Today, over-the-air (OTA) households equipped to receive a digital television signal in Maricopa County and most of Pinal County can enjoy Eight's three digital channels: Eight HD (8.1), Eight Create (8.2) and Eight World (8.3). For some cable households, Eight HD is available on Cox 708 and Qwest Choice 308; Eight Create is on Cox 80; and Eight World is on Cox 88. Check with your cable service provider for more information.

Check out the full schedule for Eight's digital channels.

  Eight HD
Programs featured below are broadcast with improved picture and sound quality and can be seen on digital channel 8.1 with an antenna, or on Cox 708 or Qwest Choice 308.
Eight HD schedule
Maestro: A Portrait of Valery Gergiev
Great Performances
Maestro: A Portrait of Valery Gergiev
Wednesday, May 28 at 10pm
Friday, May 30 at Noon

This film moves back and forth between rehearsal and performance sequences capturing Gergiev's demanding life as administrator of the enormous Mariinsky and his impossible conducting schedule.
  Eight Create
Saturday's lifestyle, cooking, travel and how-to marathons can be seen on digital channel 8.2 with an antenna or on Cox 80.
Eight Create schedule
Steven Raichlen
In Our Own Backyard
Saturday, May 24
What's happening in your backyard? Eight Create's experts cover everything from parties to makeovers. Join Steven Raichlen (left), Rick Bayless, Katie Brown, Vicki Payne, Sloan Rutter Payne and P. Allen Smith for ideas to make your backyard the additional "room" that your family will never want to leave.
Burt Wolf
East Coast Swing
Saturday, May 31
Tour the east coast with chefs Todd English and John Shields and world traveler Burt Wolf (left). From Maine to Pennsylvania and all points in between, you'll see the sights and taste the foods of this popular region.
  Eight World
PBS' award-winning public affairs programs and documentary series can be seen on digital channel 8.3 with an antenna or on Cox 88.
Eight World schedule
On a Wing and a Prayer
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly
Wednesday, May 21 at 4pm & 9pm
Thursday, May 22 at 5am & 11am
Sunday, May 25 at 3am, 9am & 4pm
A Muslim-American man seeks to obtain a pilot's license. But will the "land of opportunity" deny Monem his dream in the aftermath of 9/11? Watch this loveable man as he pursues the American dream against tides of negative public perception.
Local Programs on Eight World
Watch the previous night's Horizon, Tuesdays - Saturdays at 1pm, and a replay of Horizonte, Fridays at 1:30pm.

Our complete schedule is always available online.

Schedules for Eight HD (8.1), Eight Create (8.2) and Eight World (8.3) are always available online.

Any digital questions? Write to AskEight@asu.edu.

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