The Cancer Fairy Godmother knows that times are hard. Buying a new television by June 12th, 2009 might not be an option for man of you. But there is hope and you do have options available believe it or not.
DTV Transition and the Coupon Program
What is the digital television transition?
By June12, 2009, all television stations in the United States will stop analog broadcasts. Digital broadcasting promises to provide a clearer picture and more programming options and will free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.
What is the TV Converter Box Coupon Program?
Congress created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for households wishing to keep using their analog TV sets after broadcasters stop analog broadcasting. The Program allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes.
A TV connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service does not require a TV converter box from this Program.
Consumers have a variety of options to explore include:
- Keep your existing analog TV and purchase a TV converter box, with our without a government coupon. A converter box plugs into your TV and will keep it working after the analog shut-off, or
- Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service, or
- Purchase a television with a digital tuner.
How do I request a coupon?You can request a coupon while supplies last in one of four ways:
- Apply online
- Call the Coupon Program toll-free 24-hour automated system 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
- Mail a coupon application to: PO BOX 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000. Download a Coupon Application here.
- Fax a coupon application to 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632)
- Deaf or hard of hearing callers may dial 1-877-530-2634 (English/TTY) or 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish/TTY). TTY Service is available from 9 AM – 9 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
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