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DTV: Are you ready? January 22, 2009

Posted by Wheneva Whateva in On the Tube.
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tvconverterboxWe’ve all seen the commercials telling us the end of analog TV occurs at midnight on February 17th.  Those of us who don’t have cable or satellite will need to purchase digital converter boxes or a TV with a digital tuner to continue watching our favorite shows.

I was able to purchase mine through the federal coupon program, where you can receive up to two $40 coupons to assist you with the cost.  You can apply at www.dtv2009.gov.  Unfortunately there is a waiting list, but applications are still being accepted.  (Members of Congress have suggested delaying the switch over to digital to allow consumers more time to purchase converter boxes).  Most converter boxes cost $40-$70, and are available at major retailers including Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart.