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Friday, January 18, 2008 - 9:30am

Georgia Public Broadcasting Begins Digital Broadcasts in Atlanta Market

Georgia Public Broadcasting Television is now broadcasting in Digital in the Atlanta market. Viewers may tune their digital receivers to 8.1.or Comcast Digital Channel 808 to watch PBS programming with color and clarity like never before.

“GPB’s addition of this new viewing option is part of our transition from an analog system to a digital system, a more efficient way of transmitting our broadcast signal that allows viewers more programming choices,” says GPB Executive Director Nancy Hall.  “This ambitious conversion allows GPB to offer an improved picture and sound quality and a more robust television service.”

As part of the new digital programming options, GPB is bringing viewers High Definition (HD) programming when available. PBS program favorites including
Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Great Performances, Nature, The Newshour and NOVA are now available in HD.

In addition to the Atlanta market, GPB will expand its digital coverage statewide and launch additional new services in the coming weeks and months.

The new programming initiatives are part of GPB Goes Digital!, the station’s plan to transition from an analog signal to broadcasting entirely in digital by February 17, 2009, as required of all broadcasters by the FCC to comply with the  Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005.  

The Act created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for viewers wishing to use their analog TVs after the transition. The Federal government is offering US households up to two $40 coupons to help pay for the cost of a certified converter box. TVs connected to cable, satellite, or other pay services do not need a converter box to receive programs after February 17, 2009.

 “GPB is extremely excited about these changes and the opportunity to serve our viewers with enhanced technology and greater programming choices,” Hall continued. 

 To learn more about GPB Goes Digital!, including the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, and other valuable consumer resources, visit The site is updated regularly with all of the latest information to enhance your GPB viewing experience. Viewers can also call GPB’s Member and Audience Services department at 1.800.222.4788 or email
Georgia Public Broadcasting is Television, Radio and Education: your PBS station serving all of Georgia; your source for great music and NPR news; and Georgia's source for top-quality multiple media educational products and services.

Watch Georgia Public Broadcasting on these nine stations across Georgia: Atlanta – Channel 8; Albany - WABW/14, Augusta - WCES/20, Chatsworth - WCLP/18, Columbus - WJSP/28, Dawson - WACS/25, Macon - WMUM/29, Savannah - WVAN/9, Waycross - WXGA/8.