The last day to apply for a coupon or file an appeal was July 31, 2009.
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 www.dtv2009.gov starting Tuesday. The government also has set up a 24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.