Digital Television Facts

January 22nd, 2009

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  • At midnight on February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100% digital broadcasting.
  • Analog television that receives free over-the-air broadcasting will no longer work after February 17, 2009.
  • A digital television converter box is absolutely required for analog television in order to continue to receive free over-the-air broadcasting.
  • Cable and satellite television will not be affected.
  • Digital television broadcast is already available in all major US cities.
  • Congress created a coupon program for purchasing of DTV converter boxes.  Each household can receive up to TWO $40 coupon.
  • Each $40 coupon is eligible for a single DTV converter box purchase only.   You can not apply two coupons for purchasing of a single DTV converter box.
  • You can use multiple coupons to purchase multiple DTV converter boxes from the same retailer.  There is no limit on how many coupons you can use at the same time.
  • Coupons are valid up to 90 days from the date they were mailed.
  • Coupons will take weeks to ship so apply now.
  • Last day to request government coupon is March 31, 2009.
  • A new antenna may be needed for digital television reception. You can go to AntennaWeb to see whether your current antenna is compatible and what channels are available in your area.
  • A full listing of CECB (coupon eligible converter box) can be found on Wikipedia
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