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Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News

November 18, 2008
  Dear Friend of Eight,  

We're less than 100 days from the digital transition in February 2009. Residents in Maricopa and Pinal counties should act now and make the digital switch today.

Don't wait! Your selection of digital products may become limited as February nears.

Why wait? Digital television is here today, and you can watch all the great shows highlighted below on Eight's three digital channels.

Thank you for supporting Eight.


Brendan McEvoy
Brendan McEvoy

PS: Antennas are crucial for receiving digital signals over the air. We've recommended this site in the past, but we also suggest visiting this informative site.

Don't wait until February

If you live in Maricopa or Pinal counties*, you have three options for watching Eight after Feb. 17.

You will either:

  1. buy a new digital TV set;
  2. subscribe to a Pay TV service (such as cable or satellite); or
  3. buy a digital-to-analog converter box and connect it to your older analog TV set that uses an antenna.

* Residents living beyond Maricopa and Pinal counties who receive Eight with an antenna via a translator station or repeater transmitter will continue to receive analog signals until the FCC approves our request to make the digital switch.

Eight's digital reach as of November 2008
Digital Map
Help your friends and family

If your home has already gone digital, now is the time to help your friends and family. Encourage them to subscribe to Eight's digital e-News and check out the back issues. Tell them to visit azpbs.org/digital to determine their digital solution.

For those without Internet access, share this flier (a PDF file) from Eight Digital Broadcasting.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Eight is showing Get Ready for Digital TV. Master carpenter Norm Abram and This Old House series host Kevin O'Connor clarify the digital confusion. They offer how-to guidance in real homes, walking viewers through the steps they need to take to prepare for the analog shutoff.


Q: My TV no longer receives several digital channels. What happened to them?

A: Occasionally, due to power outages at a TV transmitter or in a neighborhood, a digital TV set and/or a digital converter box may drop channels it previously received. You need to auto-scan your digital TV set or digital converter box for available channels. You may also need to unplug the unit for 15-30 seconds before you auto-scan. Electronics operate differently from model to model so check your owner's manual for the details on how to auto-scan.

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
The Rape of Europa
The Rape of Europa
Monday, Nov. 24 at 9pm
Find out how Europe's art treasures survived the systematic theft and deliberate destruction perpetrated by Germany's Third Reich during WWII. Families are still recovering looted works of art, and nations continue to fight over the ill-gotten spoils of war.
Ocean Animal Emergency
Ocean Animal Emergency
Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 8pm
Examine the work of San Francisco veterinarian Dr. Frances Gulland, who is committed to saving sick marine mammals. Nova explores the inner workings of Gulland's West Coast "ER" for marine mammals.
  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
Let's Talk Turkey
Saturday, Nov. 22
Join Chefs Caprial and John Spence, Chris Fennimore (left), Dede Wilson and Emily Luche for turkey time. Learn to create mouthwatering Thanksgiving delights, including stuffing, apple pie, roasted turkey, sweet and mashed potatoes.
Around the World in a Day
Around the World in a Day
Saturday, Nov. 29
Fill the pages of your passport with the fearless Globe Trekker team as they take a continent-hopping journey from Europe to Asia to North America. This is more than just sight-seeing; you'll discover ancient cultures and the human spirit.
  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
Independent Lens
Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30pm & 11pm
Find out how five female Army support soldiers fought alongside the Marines in some of the Iraq War's bloodiest battles despite a policy that bans them from doing so. See war through the eyes of the first women in U.S. history sent into direct ground combat.
Hugo Chavez
The Hugo Chavez Show
Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 6:30pm & 11pm
See what lives beneath the surface of Venezuela's controversial and outspoken president, Hugo Chavez. The mercurial leader claims a revolution is turning his country into an anti-capitalist beacon for Latin America and the world.

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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