Eight to hold Cottonwood community engagement event for digital broadcast service upgrade

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WHAT:  Eight, Arizona PBS will be conducting a community information event for Cottonwood and Verde Valley-area residents to learn about the expanded PBS programming available to them courtesy of the recently upgraded digital broadcast signal via newly installed rural repeater transmitters.  The event will also highlight specific instructions on how to receive the new digital signal, and a public Q&A. Area residents wishing to attend should RSVP for the event by August 20, by contacting Sherry at sherry@azpbs or 602-496-5870.

This service upgrade will:

  • Bring television viewers within the expanded signal areas free over-the-air access to Eight HD (DTV 8.1) programming in full high definition video;
  • Also provide free over-the-air access to Eight’s other digital channels, including Eight Life (DTV 8.2), Eight World (DTV 8.3) and Eight Classical (DTV 8.4);
  • Bring Eight’s broadcast signal to rural Arizonans within an expanded coverage area, in some cases up to four times larger than the current service area;
  • Provide access to the SunSounds reading service for the visually impaired via 8.4 secondary audio.

Eight, Arizona PBS has also provided informational resources on its website at www.azpbs.org/digital, including step-by-step instructions for channel re-scanning, and information about use of antennas, and other technical support.

WHO:  Eight, Arizona PBS General Manager Kelly McCullough and Eight, Arizona PBS development and support staff.  This event is free to attend, and open to the public.

WHERE:  Cottonwood Recreation Center (Cottonwood Room), 150 S. 6th St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

WHEN:  Friday, August 23, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PHOTO OPPS:  Eight, Arizona PBS General Manager Kelly McCullough presents details about the variety of Eight channels and programming that will be available now to rural Arizonans. Eight, Arizona PBS staff demonstrate how to receive the new digital broadcast signal, using an analog television with a digital converter box, as well as a digital television.  A public question and answer session follows the presentations.

Media Contact:  Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
[email protected]
(602) 496-0579
(602) 478-3867 (cell)
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