In Summer 2015, Arizona PBS takes its World and Life channels to 16:9.
Arizona PBS is pleased to announce that their Life (8.2) and World (8.3) channels are now being broadcast in 16:9. For folks with flat screen TVs this means your whole screen will be filled with this unique and visually exciting material. For folks using converter boxes on older square tube TVs, your converter should be displaying the video across your entire screen with black bars on top and bottom. This way viewers on both sets will be able to enjoy all the content without having anything cut off to fit the screen. AZPBS is working hard to deliver not only quality television, but also provide the latest delivery methods to make the material available to more Arizonans.
Though Arizona PBS began broadcasting in all-digital format April 29, 2009, initially the digital signal was only available in Maricopa, Pinal and Mohave counties. Beginning in summer 2013, as the result of grant funding, Arizona PBS will launch a series of seven digital rural repeater transmitters, which will extend the digital signal out to areas in Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo, Gila and Yuma counties.
What do these new digital transmitters mean for rural Arizonans?
- You will now have free over-the-air access to Arizona PBS HD (DTV 8.1) programming with
beautiful high definition video.
- You will now have free over-the-air access to Arizona PBS's other digital channels, including
Arizona PBS Life (DTV 8.2), Arizona PBS World (DTV 8.3) and Arizona PBS Classical (DTV 8.4).
- You will now have access to the SunSounds reading service for the visually impaired
via 8.4 secondary audio.
How can I access Arizona PBS HD and Arizona PBS's additional programming?
FREE over the airwaves
If you already watch television "over the air" via an antenna, you will now be able to watch
Arizona PBS HD in high definition video plus access all four Arizona PBS channels via your UHF antenna*
on your digital television or television/converter box – simply by "rescanning" your television set or
converter box. For step-by-step information on how to access all four Arizona PBS channels visit
our videos page.
*In the Show Low area, you will need a VHF antenna
Cable, DISH, and DirecTV subscribers
Check with your service provider about whether they provide access to all four channels of Arizona PBS'
programming. Currently, many local cable companies in rural Arizona, as well as DISH and DirecTV
have opted not to offer their customers all of Arizona PBS's channels and provide only our primary Arizona PBS
HD channel. If they don't offer these channels, all you need to do is add an over-the-air antenna to
your television – visit our videos page for details.
Plan on keeping your analog TV?
You will need a converter box.
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Find out which antenna is right for your needs
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If you use an antenna, you must rescan the channels on your digital TV set or converter box.
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For more information on the DTV transition
Go to www.dtv.gov or contact the FCC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-255-5322) or by TTY at 1-888-TELL-TCC (1-888-835-5322).
Other important numbers:
Community Information & Referral hotline: 602-263-8856
Area Agency on Aging: 602-264-HELP (4357) or 1-888-783-7500 - For TV viewers over 60 or adults with disabilities and need assistance with converter boxes or coupons.
For residents of Maricopa County - How to tune in to Arizona PBS:
Arizona PBS HD
Over the Air/Rabbit ear Antennas: 8.1 HD
CenturyLink Prism: 1008
Arizona PBS Life
Over the Air/Rabbit ear Antennas: 8.2 SD
CenturyLink Prism: Channel 9
Arizona PBS World
Over the Air/Rabbit ear Antennas: 8.3 SD
CenturyLink Prism: Channel 20
Dish Network: Dish Network subscribers who are within reach of our over-the-air broadcasts can request that an OTA (Over The Air) Module be added to the system. It can be installed by a Dish Network technician or purchased from Dish and installed by the consumer. This allows an antenna to be added to the system and integrates the OTA channels into the program guide. Not all Dish receivers can accept the module. Subscribers can call customer service at 1-855-318-0572 for assistance.
If you have a satellite or cable provider other than Cox or Dish Network, call 602-496-2308 to find out how to tune in to Arizona PBS.