It's a Deal That No One Should Refuse!

By: Michael Riddle
By: Michael Riddle

Ms. Jones was wondering what happened to her coupons... so it got me thinking...

Everyone likes a good deal.

Money may be tight these days, but there is a government program that ensures inexpensive access to digital over-the-air television.

It’s called DTV2009 and it’s available to you on the web at

Or by calling 1-888-DTV-2009.

Ms. Jones in Bethel was having a little trouble and wrote me to say, “In December of 2007 I called the 800 number to request 2 coupons...... the person told me that sometime in February.... I would get my coupons in the mail. Well haven’t received any.... then said that I didn’t qualify for the program. There is no cable service... and Direct-TV and Dish Network want me to pay a $300 deposit.... Please help me.“

The good news is that Ms. Jones received her coupon shortly after she wrote that note and she can continue to enjoy free over-the-air television.

The government allows you to request two coupons per household.

Once you have requested two coupons you are not eligible for any more.

Coupons may not be sold, but you can give your coupon away to another person.

It takes several weeks for the coupons to arrive, and the look like just like a credit card.

One warning, you must use your coupon within 90 days... or it becomes invalid.

Many retailers are now selling the digital converter boxes for around $50 each.

When you receive your coupons from the government bureau, there should be a flyer with the names of several local stores that carry converters.

Pick out your converter, had this coupon to the cashier and they will take $40 off the sale.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez announced last month that there have been requests for over 10-million coupons. Six hundred fifty thousand have been cashed in.

There are still more than 10-million coupons available, so don’t miss out on this money savings deal!

A digital converter boxes makes any TV, no matter how old, digital ready.

So, go on-line to Or call 1-888-DTV-2009 and order your coupons.

I even found a few televisions set’s here at WITN-TV that need a digital converter to continue working after February 17, 2009.
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  • by Michael Location: witn on May 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    Robin: Unfortunately this is a process like many others designed to eliminate human intervention. Somehow the database sees that a request has already been submitted for your address. It takes as long as 2 months for the coupons to addition there will probably be many more coupons available for distribution later this year. You can always get a friend to apply for you using their address. You can not sell the coupons, but you can give them to a friend!
  • by Robin Location: Duplin County NC on May 20, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    what is the deal with these coupons I have applied by phone and been denied then I could not get a person on the phone to tell me why. Then I applied on the web and printed out a confirmation that approved me for two coupons then when i went to check the status of my coupons to see if they had been mailed out it said I was denied. Still cannot get anyone on the phone I thought these coupons were for whoever needed them SO WHAT´S THE DEAL

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