Federal help for digital TV

By: AP wire reports
By: AP wire reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're a low-tech TV owner who has a set of
rabbit ears on top of your set or an old-style antenna sitting on
your roof, listen up.

Starting with the New Year, you will be able to obtain $40
coupons from the government to help you make the transition into
digital broadcasting. The coupons will help pay for special converter boxes that will convert digital signals to old-style analog signals.

Beginning February 18th, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital
set and still gets their programming using over-the-air antennas
will no longer receive a picture. That's the day the television
industry completes its transition to digital broadcasting.

The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70.
Viewers who have satellite or cable service won't need a box.

To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at www.dtv2009.gov starting Tuesday.

The government also has set up a
24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).


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  • by Bill Location: Paris on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Help! I live in Paris and use rabbit ears to receive the only station that I care to watch - KXII. When the DTV testing was performed last month, I tried to receive signal with my new RCA DTV convertor box but it found no signal. I wondered if any others had problems in Paris or otherwise and would you recommend any general broadcast type solution. Thanks for including us in your viewing area. -Bill
  • by Jackie Location: Augusta, Ga. on May 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    I receive cable TV it is included in my rent, but I do not have digital box, am I elligagle to receive help?
  • by CESAR Location: WHITTIER, CA. on Mar 24, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    I placed an order for my coupon on Feb 22nd and its now March 24th and I called in to check the status and they told me they were sending them out in about 2 weeks... Before i got this information i called to check the status and they were not able to find my information that i had to place another order... so now i guess i have 2 more coupons heading my way... they are just a hot mess!
  • by Anonymous Location: gardena, CA on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:20 PM
    We have to embrace what this digital tv set up will do. Change is a necessity to refresh in varied areas so improvement can come in. Let,s see the positive side - it all start from our framework of mind.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jan 2, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    Hmm.....the govt. is going to give you a coupon that means you only have to pay 10 bucks to get a converter for your TV so you can watch your programs come 2009. Nobody is forcing you to take the coupon, least of all the federal government. I'm sorry your old rabbit ears are going to be useless, but hey, welcome to the 21st century- do you still have a rotary-dial phone? Still putting leaded gas in your car? And you were able to send your message to the KXII website in a medium other than paper and pen.
  • by anonymous Location: TX on Jan 1, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    That just makes me MAD.It's just one more way that the government has of controlling our lives.We may be in the land of the free,but it's not very free anymore.They tell you where you can go, what you should eat and feed your kids,you can't smoke in public but you can drink any where you want and it's ok as long as you don't drive.Older people don't have a chance.It's a little scary isn't it?
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