Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Don't Forget Your HDTV Converter Box Coupons!

For those of you who have not been paying attention at all, on February 18, 2009, the analog TV spectrum is going dark.

Now, of course quite a few of you who are reading this have cable modems and get most of your TV programming that way. So far as I can tell, the cable companies will still be transmitting analog signals for quite some time. However, I'm guessing a number of you have TV's with "rabbit ears" antennas in garages, workshops, and other remote sections of your property, and, if you do, you're not going to get anything but STATIC on those TV's starting February 18, 2009.

Fortunately, the government has started a little program to ease the transition until true HDTV's become more affordable.

If you go to https://www.dtv2009.gov/ you can apply for up to two $40 coupons towards the purchase of a converter box that will be able to receive over-the-air HDTV signals and make them visible on your conventional analog TV's.

But supplies are limited so you better HURRY.

And, more importantly, it's probably a good idea to check on older family members who only receive over-the-air programming and bring them up to speed on what's going down during the transition to HDTV and help them obtain and hook up their converters.

For those who do not have Internet access, requests for the converter coupons can also be phoned into a 24-hour hotline at (888)388-2009.

And HOPEFULLY affordable true HDTV's will be coming in the near future ...

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At March 22, 2008 at 8:47 PM, Blogger tsemmes said...

You can get your converter box on the web at www.CompuPartsAndMore.com for $21.99 with the coupon, free shipping.

 
At August 6, 2008 at 3:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to correct your info a bit, the government coupon card doesn't allow for the purchase of any boxes capable of receiving HDTV signals. They are limited to SDTV only. They have other specific limitations such as no DVRs, no HDMI outputs (which would be pointless with SDTV anyway), etc...

 

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