The city reminds residents that after Feb. 17 commercial television stations will stop analog broadcasts and switch to digital. People who watch TV on older sets, using antennas instead of cable, pay tv or satellite transmission, will no longer receive a signal unless they have a converter box.
Residents can apply for coupons from the federal Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). These coupons cover $40 of the cost of a certified converter. All households can request up to two coupons.
According to the NTIA, consumers who want a converter box coupon need to apply for their coupons no later than the end of the year, if they want to receive their coupon prior to Feb. 17. Coupons may be requested until March 31, or while supplies last. Consumers can purchase a converter box at one of the more than 34,500 participating local, phone or online retailers.
Consumers will receive a list of eligible converter boxes and participating retailers with their coupons. Coupon applications can take several weeks to process and mail so consumers opting to purchase a converter box should act now, and should call stores before shopping to ensure the desired converter box is available. Converter boxes generally cost between $40 and $80 and coupons expire 90 days from the date they are mailed.
Converter Box Coupon Application
Details from the NTIA
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