December 29, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
With the digital switch date looming, we are seeing more about the need for converter boxes. Of course, not everyone will need one. However, if you’ve been blowing off signing up for one of those government-issued converter box coupons, you could end up paying full price.
It seems that a lot of people have waited until the last minute, which means that the government might not be able to accommodate the requests. According to Reuters, Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey has asked the government to free up some funds to pay for more coupons.
If you are one of those left hanging, you may end up paying full price—or at least having to wait to see if someone doesn’t redeem their coupons. Another little known fact: Those coupons are only valid for 90 days.
The converter box program, which allows consumers to sign up for up to two $40 coupons per household, is expected to hit its $1.34 billion budget by early January. The digital switch is scheduled for February 17, 2009.
For more information on the DTV transition, check out:
FCC: Digital TV Transition Will Be Messy
Gearing Up for Digital TV
Holes in the DTV Transition
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.