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Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News

June 19, 2008
Digital e-News

  Dear Friend of Eight,  

We have exciting news for digital viewers. Beginning July 1, analog Eight and Eight HD (8.1) have the same program schedule. This is a major step in our preparation for the digital transition which is only seven months away.

Eight HD viewers will be able to enjoy our daytime lineup of PBS Kids programs and Charlie Rose, the overnight repeat airings of primetime programs, and our weekend batch of local, cooking, and home & how-to programs — even the Britcoms — with a crisp picture from our digital signal.

We hope you enjoy the alignment of these two channels, and we appreciate your support and feedback as we prepare for the digital transition.

Best wishes,

Brendan McEvoy
Brendan McEvoy

Check your converter box coupons' expiration date

Converter Box Coupon

If you applied for your $40 converter box coupons from the federal government, be sure to check the coupon's expiration date. Coupons expire 90 days after they're mailed. As of today, the government will not reissue coupons for households who fail to use them within 90 days.

As of June 18, Americans have requested 17.5 million coupons, and one million coupons have expired without being redeemed.

Eight's online tool helps prepare Arizonans for the DTV transition

What do you need to do for the Feb. 17, 2009 digital television transition? Three factors determine the answer: (1) where you live; (2) the type of TV you use; and (3) how you receive TV signals (cable, satellite or antenna). Eight developed an online tool that asks you about these three factors and provides your personalized digital solution. Find out your solution.

Need more help?

Eight's goal is to reduce the confusion surrounding the DTV transition. If you have DTV questions, check Eight's Frequently Asked Questions, or e-mail us at AskEight@asu.edu.

You can also read past editions of the Eight Digital Broadcasting e-newsletter online.


Q: Is it true that the "cheaper" digital converter boxes provide fewer channels than the more expensive converter boxes?

A: This is not true. Price differences involve features (such as electronic program guides, timers with sleep-turn-off, or timers that work with programming your VCR). The biggest difference is whether the converter box has RF pass-through (also called analog pass-through) which allows it to pick up both analog and digital channels. These boxes, in theory, offer more channels but do not necessarily cost more money.

You can research the numerous models of converter boxes at EZ Digital TV.

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
Nature: Silence of the Bees
Silence of the Bees
Saturday, June 21 at 6pm
Get inside the world of scientists racing to find the cause of a serious ecologic disaster—the massive disappearance of bees.
Great Lodges of the National Parks
Great Lodges of the National Parks
Wednesday, June 25 at 8pm & 11pm
Visit Death Valley's Furnace Creek Inn, a four-diamond hotel, in the first part of this two-part program. Viewers will also visit Lake Quinault Lodge near Olympic National Forest and the Volcano House in Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park.
  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
John Shields
Catch of the Day
Saturday, June 21
Dive into the finest seafood dishes ever. Daisy Martinez brings Latin spice to a seafood feast. Hubert Keller's salmon and tuna will leave you wanting more. And you'll savor the flavor of John Shields', left, delectable crabs.
Steven Raichlen
Light My Fire
Saturday, June 28
Get ready for Grilling 101 at Barbecue University with Professor Steven Raichlen, left. He'll demonstrate barbecue recipes from across America—bratwurst from the Midwest, clams from New England and pineapples from Hawaii.
  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
American Experience: Summer of Love
American Experience
Summer of Love
Tuesday, June 24 at 10pm
Revisit the summer of 1967 when thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. This presentation offers a complex portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement.
Beijing, Are You Ready?
Beijing, Are You Ready?
Back to back episodes air Fridays at 6pm & 6:30 pm
beginning June 27

This series examines how Beijing is preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games. Each half-hour episode explores how the city and its people are being affected and invigorated by the first-ever Olympic Games held in China.

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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