Are You Ready For February 17, 2009?
If you use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna with an analog television, you must take some action before February 17, 2009 to continue receiving television broadcasts. Full-power television stations nationwide must switch from the analog method of transmitting TV signals to only broadcasting a digital signal.
Viewers who currently get their signals "over the air" will have to make some adjustments. Either they will have to obtain a converter box to change the digital signal to analog, or they will have to buy a digital television set.
If you are a cable or satellite customer, you may need a set-top box to receive DTV signals and convert them into the format of your current analog television. Check with your cable or satellite provider to determine if and when you will need a set-top box.
The Federal Government is offering U.S. households up to two coupons worth $40 each toward the purchase of certified TV converter boxes. The program is managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. A converter box is a one-time purchase. You can apply online at www.DTV2009.gov or by phone at 1-888-DTV-2009 for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. You may also mail in an application to PO Box 2000, Portland OR 97208, or fax an application to 1-877-DTV-4ME2.
You may request one coupon now and one later, but no more than two coupons per household are allowed. Coupon supplies are limited. Coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed. Requests must be received by March 31, 2009.