How does DTV benefit educators?
Digital television gives educators access to additional quality content for use in classroom instruction. This content is delivered in pristine, DVD-quality sound and video.
What DTV content is available?
Many television stations, including UEN-TV and KUED, are currently broadcasting multiple digital channels. To find more information about each, click on the links below.
- UEN-TV (digital Channel 9-1) – Same content as UEN-TV Channel 9
- MHz Worldview (digital Channel 9-2) – World news, culture, arts, music, and sports
- UEN-TV Schedule
- KUED (Channel 7-1) – same content as KUED Channel 7
- KUED-HD (Channel 7-2) – new PBS high definition channel
- KUED V-Me (Channel 7-3) – 24-hour PBS channel in Spanish
- KUED Schedule
- Over-the-air using an antenna.
- Cable subscription from a local cable television provider.
- Satellite receiver.
- Televisions available for check-out that can be used to tune in to over-the-air broadcasts.
- Televisions in the classroom used to tune in to over-the-air broadcasts.
- Televisions either in the classroom or available for checkout that can only be used to view videotapes and/or DVDs.
- Tapes of programs available for checkout from the school or district library media center.
- A built-in video distribution network including connected televisions in classrooms and, in most cases, a central head end.
- Computers with built-in TV tuners hooked to classroom projectors.
Will my school be affected by the analog shutoff?
Depending on how TV programming is accessed and distributed, you may or may not be impacted by the analog shutoff. Schools using over-the-air broadcast reception will be affected by the analog shutoff. In addition, not all digital content is currently available through local cable or satellite providers. Check with your provider to find out which channels are available.
Do we need to purchase new equipment?
1) If you have any televisions that access over-the-air broadcast programming, or if your school uses an antenna to feed a video distribution network, you will have to purchase digital tuners that can be used with your unique setup. Where televisions are used individually in the school to tune into broadcast programming, each TV will need a set-top converter box. If a school has a video distribution network, a single tuner at the head end may be sufficient or converter boxes may be necessary for each television depending upon the network configuration. Televisions or VCR/DVD players with integrated digital tuners may be purchased, or you may purchase digital tuners for your teachers' computers.
2) Schools receiving their programming through a cable or satellite provider will not need to purchase additional equipment, but they may not have access to the full range of digital channels.
Where can I get help receiving DTV at my school?
The Utah Education Network can help your school decide what modifications are needed. Contact 800-866-5852 for assistance. In addition, some local electronics retailers are willing to help design a solution for your school (though they may charge for this service).