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 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).


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  • by Vicky Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    I have been having problems with the converter box coupons and i told the company about it and i have had no response from DTV.com. What should i do?
  • by REBECCA W. DANIELS Location: LA GRANGE,N.C. 28551 on Aug 18, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    I HAVE TRYED TO GET THE COUPONS, TO GET THE BOX TO PUT ON OUR TV, AND WE HAVE NOT GOT THEM YET!! MY ADDRESS IS 4919 HWY 903 NORTH,LA GRANGE,N.C.,28551.WE NEED TWO(2) MY EMAIL IS B-DANIELS@NETSCAPE.COM. PLEASE LET US HEAR FROM YOU-ALL.THANK YOU,REBECCA W DANIELS
  • by Roberta Location: 4214 Bayswater rd. Winterville NC 28590 on May 30, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    Having Digital will greatly improve my TV viewing.
  • by gee Location: plymouth on Jan 4, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    thanks, more expense!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jan 2, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    David, You don't have to purchase cable in 2009. Digital TV will still be over the airwaves, it's just that an old TV won't be able to display it. All you need is a digital to analog converter box described above to go between your TV and antenna and you'll be set.
  • by Jimmy Rogers Location: Williamston, NC on Jan 2, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    Dear Mike, I heard so much about recycling computer that are no longer any use or have become obselete.. There is personal information that can be retrieved from the computer. How can it be safe to discard my old computer?
  • by Kathy Location: Bath on Jan 2, 2008 at 02:10 AM
    It amazes me that the United State is suppose to stand for freedom of speech and rights. Today in this Country you have the right for nothing. It your way or no way. This digital broadcasting is only a way for America to fleece the Americans. Whats wrong with the way things are now. Why can't they just leave some things alone. Wheres our rights at.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Jan 1, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    Now all we need to do is start complaints and force all local cable companies to lower the costs of cable service because now that we are being forced to purchase their services. Charter Communications located in Nags Head is one cable company that is charging way to much for garbage cable that doesn't work half the time. This is the reason I have not had cable service but now that I am being forced, I should not have to pay what they charge! I do not like satillite so it is not an option for me. They should just leave well enough alone. But I know those who are making attenna channels digital have nothing to lose and are gaining alot. There is no concern for the those who actually work for a living and are not able to afford those cable prices!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    either though I have what I need for the T.V. So it dont matter if people that dont have money every month to pay a bill they cant afford, they cant see t.v. SICK
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