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Eight Digital Broadcasting e-News

April 15, 2009
  Dear Friend of Eight,  

On Wednesday night, April 29, at 11:59 pm, Eight will shut off its analog transmitter atop South Mountain in Phoenix.

  • TVs that use an antenna in Maricopa and Pinal counties will only receive digital broadcasts from Eight.
  • Eight's statewide network of translator stations will continue to transmit an analog broadcast signal until we acquire the funding for the upgrade to digital broadcasting in the rural and more rugged areas of Arizona.
  • Customers of a cable companies or satellite services should not notice the analog shutoff. If you encounter a problem with Eight's digital channels, contact your service provider.

We've updated azpbs.org/digital with videos and printable information about a variety of topics. Help us spread the word about DTV and Eight's analog shutoff to your neighbors, friends and family.

Thank you for subscribing to Eight's monthly digital e-newsletter. We will send a short reminder prior to our analog shutoff on April 29.


Brendan McEvoy
Brendan McEvoy

On April 29, Eight will also switch its digital frequency from UHF 29 to VHF 8.

Eight's analog broadcasting signal has been on VHF channel 8 since 1961, and broadcasting digital channels on UHF channel 29 to Maricopa and Pinal counties for the past eight years.

After April 29, the frequency for Eight's digital channels will move from UHF 29 to VHF 8.

Several other Phoenix TV stations will also change their digital frequency when they shut off their analog signal.

If you use an antenna to watch Eight's DTV broadcasts, the channels saved in your digital TV set and/or digital-to-analog converter box must be reset. Rescanning (also called "channel scan" and "auto-scan") restores a digital channel that has disappeared. Rescanning is usually needed after power outages.

If you don't know how to scan for channels, check you owner's manual. Many manufacturers offer online versions of their owner's manuals.

Online Help

The FCC has set up an online support center to assist you with digital television needs. Eight's online tool is still available for Arizonans to determine their digital solution. For assistance with purchasing digital TVs, visit CNET's online buying guide.

Go to www.azpbs.org/digital for more.


Q: Is it true I can get a replacement coupon for the coupon that expired last year?

A: It's true. Once again, NTIA is issuing coupons that take $40 off the price of certain converter box models. Many people complained that their coupons expired before their local stores sold converter boxes or the type of model they needed. So you can make another request, but don't delay because supplies are limited. Coupon requests made in March were getting delivered via first-class mail within three weeks.

Q: Is my antenna going to work for receiving Eight after April 29?

A: If you use an antenna to watch TV, the antenna should also be able to receive digital TV signals. Test your antenna before you buy a new one. With digital TV, an antenna's reception capabilities can be hindered by physical structures. Make certain your antenna is located in the optimal space for your reception.

Homes in Maricopa or Pinal counties should be able to watch Eight's digital channels with an indoor antenna. TVs located farther from South Mountain may require an outdoor or attic antenna to receive Eight's channels. An all-band antenna may be necessary to receive both UHF and VHF television signals from the Phoenix stations.

Learn more at DTV Answers, AntennaWeb and TV Fool. Antennas are available at some hardware stores as well as TV parts and service stores.

Maricopa and Pinal Counties enjoy Eight Digital Broadcasting today

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. DirecTV is now transmitting Eight HD and several other Phoenix HD channels.

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 digital Web site, 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
Frontline: Poisoned Waters
Frontline: Poisoned Waters
Tuesday, April 21 at 9pm
More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. Frontline examines the rising hazards and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean.
400 Years of the Telescope
400 Years of the Telescope
Wednesday, April 29 at 10pm
Take a visually stunning journey from 1609, when Galileo revealed mankind's place in the galaxy, to today's quests to discover new worlds in the infinite universe. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson visits the world's leading observatories and speaks with expert astronomers and cosmologists.
  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
Jamie Durie
It's Not Easy Being Green
Saturday, April 18
In honor of Earth Day, we're taking a look at what's new and exciting in the world of environmentally-friendly homemaking. Katie Brown and Jamie Durie (left) have kid-friendly craft and garden projects, and Vicki and Sloan show you how to go green with style.
Katie Brown
Take the Cake
Saturday, April 25
Bring a little more sweetness and whimsy into your spring days. Julia Child and Christina show you how to bake extraordinary confectionaries. Katie Brown (left) and Jeff Nathan design delicious cakes for special occasions.
  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
We Shall Remain: American Experience
We Shall Remain: American Experience
Tuesdays at 5pm & 10pm
This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective.
Global Voices: The Dictator Hunter
Global Voices: The Dictator Hunter
Sunday, April 26 at 7pm & 11pm
One of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century, Hissène Habré tortured the people of Chad for eight years before he fled. An American lawyer and a Chadian survivor fight against all odds to bring him to justice.

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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