AZTV 7/Cable 13 Now All-Digital Channels 7.1 and 7.2 in Phoenix: What You Need To Know (And Do) - AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, HSN 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZ

AZTV 7/Cable 13 Now All-Digital Channels 7.1 and 7.2 in Phoenix: What You Need To Know (And Do)

AZTV7/Cable 13 has switched to all-digital broadcasting in the Phoenix area on Channel 7.1, providing a crystal-clear signal not possible with analog (non-digital) technology.

Channel 27 has left the air forever. This was necessary to replace the analog transmitter with a new state-of-the art digital transmitter.

If you've been watching AZTV over the air (no cable, no satellite) in the Phoenix area on Channel 27,  you'll need one of the following:

  • A TV set with a built-in digital tuner. All new TVs sold in the U.S. since May, 2007 have digital tuners. If you've bought one since then, you've got what you need.
  • A cable connection. For this, you'd need to call Cox, Qwest, or the local cable provider for your area and subscribe.
  • A satellite connection. Again, a subscription, through DIRECTV or Dish Network.
  • A digital-to-analog converter box. This is a set-top box that will recieve digital signals and convert them so they can be watched on your existing analog (non-digital) TV.

Converter boxes are available at retailers including Best Buy, KMart, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Sears, Target, True Value Hardware, Wal-Mart and many independent stores.  List prices are expected to start at about $50, but the United States Government is issuing coupons worth a $40 discount at approved retailers. You can apply for the coupons one of the following ways:

  • Online at www.dtv2009.gov (this site also provides full details about Digital TV)
  • By phone at 1-888-388-2009
  • By mail to Post Office Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000

All analog TV stations must make this switch by February 17, 2009. AZTV is making the move 13 months early because of interference from a competitor's adjacent digital channel, which has made our analog Channel 27 signal substandard. Switching to digital will remove the interference and provide the best possible service to our viewing area.

Whichever choice you make (a new TV, cable, satellite or a converter box), we're certain you'll agree that digital provides a far superior picture and sound. And we're sure you'll enjoy not only AZTV on Channel 7.1, but our new RTN 7.2 with a lineup of dozens of television's most beloved classic shows.

If you have questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.  Just drop us an e-mail: programming@aztv.com.

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