DIGITAL TV CONVERSION /
TV CONVERTER BOX COUPON PROGRAM
The following is summarized from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program website: https://www.dtv2009.gov/
DIGITAL TV CONVERSION
Out of the 12 full power TV stations in Connecticut, eight have opted to delay the conversion to June 12, 2009. Of the 4 remaining, none are major network affiliates. Of these four, one changed last summer WSAH Bridgeport; the others, WEDW Bridgeport (Public TV), WUVN Hartford (Univision-Spanish) and WHPX New London (Independent) will transition on Feb 17.
Consumers with older televisions that use an antenna will not be able to receive programming once a station has converted to digital.
Congress created the converter box program for households that still want to keep their analog televisions in 2009. The program provides up to two coupons worth $40 apiece to apply toward the cost of a digital converter box.
NOTE: The coupon program ran out of funds in January 2009. More funds may become available.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A COUPON
People who own televisions that require an antenna to receive TV program broadcasts are eligible to receive up to two coupons for a converter box.
WHO DOES NOT NEED A COUPON
People who own televisions that are equipped to receive digital broadcasts do not need to purchase a converter box. Also, televisions that are connected to a cable, satellite or other pay services are not required to have a box.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A COUPON
Coupon requests can be placed between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. Application forms are available online at https://www.dtv2009.gov/docs/Coupon_Program_App_en.pdf or by calling a 24-hour phone line: (888) DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009). Applications are mailed to P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by program name: TV Converter Box Coupon Program
SOURCE: TV Converter Box Coupon Program website
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2009