Sunday, January 6, 2008

Only 409 Days to upgrade your Analog TV or it will be useless - Gov't giving out $40 coupons to help

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. The information below will help you identify what you need to do to be ready for the digital switch on February 17, 2009.

If all your TV sets are connected to cable, satellite or other pay service, check with your provider to see how they will support your analog set after February 17, 2009.

You must take action before February 17, 2009. Your options include:

  1. Buy a converter box that will plug into your analog TV.
  2. Buy a TV with a digital tuner.
  3. Connect your analog TV to cable, satellite or other pay service.
If you are not sure what type of TV you have,
go to for more information.

A converter box is a one-time purchase that will allow you to use your analog TV after February 17, 2009. The Federal Government is offering U.S. households up to two $40 coupons to help pay for the cost of certified TV converter boxes. Certified TV converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70.

For more information or to request your coupons, call 1-888-DTV-2009
(1-888-388-2009) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY),
visit online at,
apply by mail at PO Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208,
or fax 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632).

Produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 12/2007

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