[blindreplay] Digital TV Converter Boxes Coupon Information

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From the Atlanta Journal and for those who do not have cable,
satellite, or tvs without digital tuners:

Apply for DTV converter-box coupons starting Jan. 1
By Steve Pounds | Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 02:48 PM 

Anytime you can get the government to help pay for a tech
gadget, you should go for it.

So starting Jan. 1, get your application in for a digital-TV
converter box coupon. That?s if you use rabbit ears or an
antenna to watch network television.

Under the program, each U.S. household can apply for two $40
coupons for the purchase of digital-TV converter boxes. You can
apply by phone at 1-888-DTV-2009 or by mail at P.O. Box 2000,
Portland, Ore., 97208. Or you can go to www.dtv2009.gov.

The coupon covers a large chunk of the cost. Meredith Baker, the
acting administrator for the government agency that hands them
out, said she?s seen boxes priced from $59.95 to $69.95.

The feds will begin mailing out the coupons on Feb. 17, a full
year before the drop-dead deadline for broadcast networks to
switch from analog-TV transmission to digital. Once the coupons
are issued, you?ll have 90 days to use them.

And you have a choice of Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart,
RadioShack, Sears, Target, Walmart and Sam?s Club where you can
redeem the coupon to buy a box. There?s a local independent
store also approved, Cerebral Cortex in Lake Worth. There are at
least five boxes approved by the government.

Seniors who are looking for more information can watch for a
story in the AARP newsletter next month about the conversion.

One last thing. Post reader Steve Shapiro of Lake Worth reminded
me today in an email that those old rabbit ears are even more
valuable after the digital conversion than they are now. You can
pick up high-definition digital programming all the way down to
Miami, something you probably couldn?t do with analog

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