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The government is accepting requests for coupons to subsidize the cost of converter boxes for those who need them.
Each household is eligible for two coupons worth $40 apiece, regardless of whether they have pay-television service or not.
To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at... DTV 2009
Or call the 24-hour hotline, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
Information about the upcoming DTV transition in the US, slated for Feb 17, 2009.
And the rebate program which will subsidize your Set Top Box purchase.
Also information about Digital TV as it relates to US consumers.
Beginning on January 1, 2008, U.S. households can request up to two coupons valued at $40 each.
Each coupon can go toward the purchase of a single set-top converter box that will allow you to continue watching FREE over-the-air television on an analog set.
Click here for more information about the digital-to-analog converter box.
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What is the digital TV (DTV) transition?
The switch from analog to digital broadcast television is referred to as the digital TV (DTV) transition.
NTIA Government Website
This agency, for example, will help consumers make an affordable digital transition by providing coupons to households to defray the cost of DTV converters ...
Free-to-view (FTV) is, generally, available without subscription but is digitally encoded and may be restricted geographically. Neither of these are pay-TV, which is an encrypted subscription (or pay-per-view) service.
FTA is sometimes delivered by satellite television, but in various parts of the world free-to-air television channels are broadcast unencrypted on UHF or VHF bands.
Although these channels are described as free, in some cases the viewer does in fact pay for them.
Some are paid directly by payment of a licence fee (as in the case of the BBC) or voluntary donation (in the case of educational broadcasters like PBS), others indirectly by paying for consumer products and services where part of the cost goes toward television advertising and sponsorship (in the case of Japanese television broadcasters like TV Asahi and TV Tokyo which relies on sponsorship heavily).
One further variation is in Canada, whose CBC Television/Télévision de Radio-Canada network is funded by taxpayer dollars, and competes with other free over-the-air commercial networks.
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