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Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News

October 22, 2008
  Dear Friend of Eight,  

Eight's digital signal is back! Engineers replaced thousands of pounds of burned out transmission line to make our South Mountain transmitter operational once again. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Has your home gone digital yet? If not, Eight is here to help.

Eight's goal is to give you information about the digital transition so you can prepare your home. Visit our Digital TV Web site and use our digital solution tool, or send us an e-mail, or call our Viewer Services hotline at 480-965-2308.

Feel free to forward this newsletter, links to past newsletters, or any information found on the Digital TV Web site to your family and friends. Newcomers can sign up for our e-newsletter.


Brendan McEvoy
Brendan McEvoy

Digital television (DTV) is here!

If you live in Maricopa and Pinal counties, you don't need to wait for February 2009—you can, and should, make the digital switch now.

  • If you've purchased a digital converter box, make certain to connect it and test it right away. Watch a video about connecting converter boxes.
  • If you've already made the transition to digital, now is the time to help family and friends who have not gone digital.

Arizona residents who watch Eight via a translator station beyond Maricopa and Pinal counties will continue to receive an analog broadcast signal after Feb. 17, 2009.

Over-the-air digital broadcasting is best

If you subscribe to a Pay TV service (such as cable or satellite), your digital or analog TV will continue to receive broadcasts after Feb. 17, 2009. However, your service provider may not offer every digital channel available in the market, and you may incur higher monthly costs and fees.

If you've bought a new digital television or digital converter box, you can use an antenna to receive every digital channel in your area. Eight currently broadcasts four digital channels: Eight HD (8.1), Eight Create (8.2), Eight World (8.3), and Eight Classical (an audio simulcast of KBAQ-FM on 8.4).

Antennas—The digital difference

You may need to upgrade or adjust your antenna to receive digital broadcast signals, but remember: every home is different. Some co-workers at Eight get excellent digital reception using only a length of wire, while others have had to adjust the antenna in their attic. Many homes in the Valley can get reception using decade-old "rabbit ears." Before you buy a new antenna, test and adjust your current antenna—sometimes moving the antenna to another part of the room can make a huge improvement. Read what one engineer has to say about antennas.


Q: When I call 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009) to find out about the status of my converter coupons, they direct me to the Web and hang up.

A: The voice menu on the government's DTV Hotline has changed, and it is now more difficult to talk with a person. You can check the status of your coupons online. Coupons have been arriving about 30 days after you apply for them.

About Eight Digital Broadcasting

Eight broadcasts programs on 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.

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, e-mail us at AskEight@asu.edu or call Eight's viewer services at 480.965.2308.

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

  Eight HD
Programs featured below are broadcast with improved picture and sound quality and can be seen on digital channel 8.1 using an antenna, or on Cox 708 or Qwest Choice 308.
Eight HD schedule
Chicaco 10
Independent Lens
Chicago 10
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9pm
Revisit the Chicago Conspiracy Trial—the prosecution of eight vocal activists for their roles in the riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. From the violent streets to the courtroom, history played out as both tragedy and farce.
White Falcon, White Wolf
White Falcon, White Wolf
Sunday, Oct. 26 at 8pm
Follow the perilous parenthood of two species—white gyr falcons and Arctic wolves—on Canada's Ellesmere Island, where winter lasts nine months. Raising young in this hostile environment is a daily struggle.
  Eight Create
Saturday's lifestyle, cooking, travel and how-to marathons can be seen on digital channel 8.2 using an antenna or on Cox 80.
Eight Create schedule
Chris Fennimore
Trick or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 25
Prepare for the autumn fun by picking pumpkins with lifestyle expert Sean Conway and planning a ghoulish Halloween party with Chris Fennimore (left) and Dede Wilson. Donna Erickson has you covered with Halloween costume ideas.
Rick Steves
Walk This Way
Saturday, Nov. 1
Discover on-foot adventures as George Bauer navigates the trails of America's national parks, Ian Wright and Zay Harding uncover the vistas used for The Lord of the Rings, and Rick Steves (left) treks to a castle in the Alps.
  Eight World
PBS' award-winning public affairs programs and documentary series can be seen on digital channel 8.3 using an antenna or on Cox 88.
Eight World schedule
Frontline: Heat
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9pm
Find out how rising pressure from governments, green groups and investors is forcing big business to reshape its approach to the environment. Learn what some businesses are doing to fend off new regulations and how others are repositioning themselves to prosper in a radically changed world.
Lyndon Johnson
American Experience: The Presidents
LBJ, Pt. 2: Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9pm
Watch the last biography in The Presidents series that examines the lives of the men who have defined and re-defined the modern presidency. Learn how Lyndon Johnson's presidency was marked by ambitious social policies but undermined by the Vietnam War.
Cronkite NewsWatch
ASU's Cronkite NewsWatch
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9pm
Beginning Nov. 4—Election Day
Eight is proud to bring you the collegiate news team honored as the nation's best by the Broadcast Education Association: Cronkite NewsWatch. The 30-minute program features ASU students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication reporting on stories that affect ASU, metro Phoenix and Arizona.

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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