Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Want To Keep Your Analog TV Working?

In January, 2008, I wrote that we would be buying an HD TV in 2009. After February 17, 2009, all TV broadcasts will be converted to digital signals, making current analog televisions which are not connected to cable or satellite non-functional. However, a reader commented that there was an alternate, less expensive option. One can buy a digital converter box, which would allow current analog TVs to receive digital (but not HD) over air signals. The information is at the TV Converter Box Coupon Program Website.

Here are some of the details:

  1. Digital converter boxes will allow current analog TVs to receive digital signals over the air. TVs connected to cable or satellite can already receive digital signals and will not need a converter.

  2. The government will provide requesting households up to two $40 coupons towards the purchase of two converter boxes. I checked with local retailers and the boxes are selling for $59.95. So the net cost would be $20 plus tax.

  3. Circuit City, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Walmart are a few of the retailers in my area participating in the program.
For us, the converter option would be less expensive than a new digital TV or cable/satellite service. I've order one coupon and will purchase one converter box once we receive it.

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