Unless you have been living in a cave or perhaps just had a baby, you probably know that as of midnight on February 17th, 2009, all television stations in the U.S. will stop broadcasting in analog and will switch to 100% digital broadcast. This switch is supposed to free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.
What does that mean to you? Well, if you have a newer television than you probably don’t have to worry as it is most likely already digital. Also, if you are paying for a service like cable or satellite then you don’t need to do anything either. However, if you don’t pay for any services and if you need an antenna or bunny ears to watch television, then you will need to act soon.
If you don’t want to just see static on February 17th, 2009, request a coupon or two by December 31st. The deadline to request Digital Converter Box coupons from the government is March 31st, 2009, but it takes 4-6 weeks to receive the coupon, thus the Dec. 31st deadline. To request a coupon or two go here or call 1-800-DTV-2009 by December 31st or you will end up paying full price for the converter boxes. They are running around $50 -$60 so the coupons give you a significant savings.
If you already have a coupon and still need to buy a converter box, Target is having a sale this week on one for $49.99 making it only $9.99 after coupon.
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