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Friday, January 04, 2008
Applying for the $40 coupons towards the purchase of TV Converter Box
Just applied for the two $40 coupons towards the purchase of TV Converter Box. As many people may know, starting the midnight on February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations will switch to digital broadcasting. As a result, any existing analog television sets that receive free TV using an antenna will not work after February 17, 2009.

If you want to keep using existing analog TV, you have the following 3 options:

- Purchase a TV converter box
- Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service
- Purchase a television with a digital tuner

We have a LCD TV that has the digital tuner but we also have analog TVs which we plan to keep. As the Congress has approved for a maximum of two $40 coupons per household towards the purchase of TV converter, I just applied for it (site link is provided below). The coupons can be used at most retail stores, including Walmart, Sears, Best Buy etc. The converter set is expected to cost about $50-$70. From what I have read, it seems you can only use one coupon per converter, so that means you may have to pay the remaining amount after applying the $40 coupon. Also, once issued, the coupon expires within 90 days. In addition, if you lose the coupons, they won't be reissued (unless you initially requested only 1 coupon initially, in which case, you can get another coupon, for a max of 2 coupons per household)

For the application for the $40 coupons and other details, see:

TV Converter Box Coupon Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Phone: 1-888-DTV-2009


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posted by Ruby @ 12:49 AM  
6 Comments:
  • At 2:24 PM, Anonymous hair straighteners said…

    Still this coupons available??
    Please let me know.

    thanks
    hairstraightenercare.com

     
  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Ruby said…

    yes, you can still apply for the coupons at https://www.dtv2009.gov/ApplyCoupon.aspx

     
  • At 10:38 AM, Anonymous hair straightener said…

    Can i use this coupon now???

    thanks
    www.hairstraightenersiron.com

     
  • At 10:39 AM, Blogger Hair Iron said…

    Is this coupon still available?

    Thanks
    http://www.hairstraightenersiron.com

     
  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Ruby said…

    Based on what I read, the coupon program was temporarily halted b/c of huge waiting line. However, according to an article in Wall Street Journal yesterday, the program again received some funding. So people should start receiving the coupons again in the near future (however, not sure if there're enough funds to provide coupons to everyone who has requested it)

     
  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Ruby said…

    Here's the link to the WSJ article:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123491519866104077.html

    As per the article, the backlog is decreasing and people should expect to start receiving coupons in Mar'09.

     
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