TVJuneau.com - The source for television information in Juneau Alaska

Welcome to TVJuneau.com

TVJuneau.com is a website dedicated to providing up to date information on the various offerings for TV in Juneau Alaska. In addition to listing how to get which stations where, TVJuneau.com also provides information on Digital TV and HDTV.

Use the links on the left to find Juneau-specific answers to the most common TV questions or general TV information.

If you notice any errors or omissions, please don't hesitate to contact us!


Full-power TV stations KTOO and KJUD have now turned off their analog signals!
Juneau has completed the "full power" DTV transition. Both KTOO PBS (channel 3) and KJUD ABC (channel 8) turned off their analog TV signals at noon on Friday 6/12/09. Both stations are now broadcasting digital signals only in downtown Juneau. KTOO continues to operate analog translators/repeaters across Southeast Alaska. Low-power stations are not required to switch off their analog signals, so KATH NBC (channel 5) and KCBJ "KYES" (channel 15) continue to broadcast analog signals over the air.

Need help with getting ready for DTV or ordering coupons?
Call the Alaska DTV Hotline at:
1 (866) 353-7819
The Alaska DTV hotline is a free service provided by the Alaska Broadcasters Association


Are you ready for digital TV?
On June 12th 2009, all full-power TV stations will turn off their analog signals. Most have already started broadcasting the digital TV ("DTV") signals that will replace the analog signals.

Unlike analog signals, digital signals can carry compressed information; this means that more TV channels can be broadcast in the same amount of "space" on the airwaves. This frees up radio frequencies for other uses; such as wireless internet and emergency services radio communications. The digital signals also carry a better picture, and can also be used to carry High-Definition ("HD") TV, which can't be carried as an analog signal.

While TV has a lot of benefits, it also means you need a digital tuner to receive the DTV signals. All new TV's have digital tuners built in. The cable boxes provided by the cable company (GCI), and satellite receivers provided by DishNet and DirecTV already have digital tuners for those providers signals. But, older TV's (and other devices like older VCR's) don't have digital tuners, they only have analog tuners and therefore can't receive the new digital over-the-air broadcasts. The solution is to connect an external digital to analog converter box (called "DTV converter boxes" for short) to older TV's. The converter box receives the digital signal and converts it to an analog signal that can be received by any TV.

Converter boxes cost about $60, which can be a lot to pay for "free" TV. So the US government is sponsoring a program that provides coupons of a $40 value to offset the cost of the new boxes. So the cost to us the viewers is less that $20, which isn't very much to extend the life of a perfectly good TV. The coupon program is paid for by some of the revenue that will be generated when some those frequencies freed up by analog TV stations are auctioned off to private companies.

To apply for your DTV coupons, click on the red "TV Converter box" icon on the left of the page to go to www.dtv2009.gov