Digital TV Converter Coupons Available

The last day to apply for a coupon or file an appeal was July 31, 2009.

If you're a low-tech TV owner who has a set of rabbit ears on top of your set or an old-style antenna sitting on your roof, listen up.

Starting with the New Year, you will be able to obtain $40 coupons from the government to help you make the transition into digital broadcasting. The coupons will help pay for special converter boxes that will convert digital signals to old-style analog signals.

Beginning February 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital set and still gets their programming using over-the-air antennas will no longer receive a picture. That's the day the television industry completes its transition to digital broadcasting.

The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70. Viewers who have satellite or cable service won't need a box.

To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at starting Tuesday. The government also has set up a 24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).