Retailers Help Digital TV Switchover With Converter Box Coupons11 Dec, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey
More than 100 U.S. retailers, including eight of the largest, are on board for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Dec. 11.
The program gives consumers $40 coupons on boxes that allow their analog TVs to accept over-the-air digital transmissions. After Feb. 17, 2009, all TV broadcasts must be switched over from analog to digital. TVs that are not hooked up to satellite or cable services will need a converter box to receive TV broadcasts. More than 14,000 stores will begin offering the converter boxes in 2008, including those of big-box retailers Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target and Sears.
“NTIA thanks these certified retailers who will participate in the TV Converter Box Coupon Program and we look forward to working with them in 2008 and 2009,” said Acting NTIA Administrator Meredith Attwell Baker. “The TV Converter Box Coupon Program is on schedule and will be ready to take consumers' coupon requests starting January 1, 2008, as directed by Congress, to ensure the success of the nation's transition to digital broadcasting.”
The converter box coupons can be requested by calling 1-888-DTV-2009, or by visiting www.dtv2009.gov.