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About Eight Digital Broadcasting
In April 2001, thanks to member support and a series of matching grants, Eight/KAET began broadcasting simultaneously in both analog (Eight/KAET) and digital (Eight Digital Broadcasting).
The conversion to digital required years of planning and fundraising — including more than a year installing the new transmitter and tower on South Mountain, the home to most of the Valley's radio and TV towers. We fortified our 300' broadcasting tower to hold a new 14,000 pound, 60' digital antenna. Our fund raising efforts continue for additional equipment required at the station including: cameras, upgrading our production and operations facilities, and the cost of upgrading our translators around the state.
The new equipment allows us to transmit multiple channels of high definition television (HDTV) and standard definition television (SDTV) programming simultaneously. (Further explanations of HD and SD are below.) This is called multicasting. Just as an art gallery cannot display all of its collections at once, Eight/KAET has many more hours of educational programming and services than we have airtime. Multicasting enables us to share more of our wealth of educational and cultural programming with Arizona viewers than ever before. Currently, our multicast schedule includes:
About Digital Television
Digital Television (DTV) enables broadcasters to offer television with movie-quality picture and sound. It can also offer multiple programming choices, called multicasting, and interactive capabilities.
Converting to DTV also will free up parts of the scarce and valuable broadcast spectrum. Those portions of the spectrum can then be used for other important services, such as public and safety services (police and fire departments, emergency rescue), and advanced wireless services.
Your analog TVs Will Need Additional Equipment to Receive Over-the-air Television
Consumers who rely on antennas (including outside antennas and "rabbit ears") to receive broadcast signals on TV sets having only analog tuners will need to obtain separate digital-to-analog set-top converter boxes to watch over-the-air TV. These boxes receive digital signals and convert them into analog format for display on analog TVs. Analog sets connected to such converter boxes will display digital broadcasts, but not necessarily in the full, original digital quality.
Converter Box Coupon Program
Beginning in 2008, your household may be able to obtain up to two coupons worth $40 each toward the purchase of converter boxes. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has responsibility for administering the coupon program, and will issue rules regarding the coupons in the future. Additional information can be found at www.ntia.doc.gov/dtvcoupon/DTVconsumers.pdf
Any television sold in the United States after March 1, 2007, includes a built-in digital tuner.
Cable and Satellite TV
Cable subscribers may need new DTV equipment to view DTV programming in digital format. You should ask your cable provider what you will need and when. Satellite subscribers may need new DTV equipment to receive and view high definition digital programming. You should ask your satellite company what you will need and when.
Facts at a Glance
Eight specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture — utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1.3 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station’s annual budget.