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Old 01-02-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of $40 government coupons became available Tuesday to help low-tech television owners buy special converter boxes for older TVs that might not work after the switch to digital broadcasting.

Government offers TV coupons - CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/01/01/digital.tv.ap/index.html - broken link)
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks!! Here's the link from the article: www.dtv2009.gov

Here's what it said after I applied:

IMPORTANT:
TV converter boxes are not expected to be available in retail stores until late February or early March. You will receive your Coupon(s) then. The Coupon will expire within 90 days from the date it is issued.
Please print this page for your records; your application is reprinted below.
If you have any questions, you may call the Toll-Free Consumer Support Hotline
at 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009), 1-877-530-2634 (TTY), or write to us at:
TV Converter Box Coupon Program
PO Box 2000
Portland, OR 97208-2000
I wanted to Rep you but I already gave you too many today!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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I am sorry; why do my tax dollars have to fund someone's digital to analog converter? Especially being most TV's in service today either run cable/dish and/or are already fitted with the device internally.

If a person cannot save up $100 in a year; that is not my problem-------I do not care how poor they are.
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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I am sorry; why do my tax dollars have to fund someone's digital to analog converter? Especially being most TV's in service today either run cable/dish and/or are already fitted with the device internally.

If a person cannot save up $100 in a year; that is not my problem-------I do not care how poor they are.
No worse than some of the other stuff our tax dollars pay for.
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:34 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I for 1 dont have cable or dish nor do I want too. The Gov decided to make the change so why shouldnt they help finance it.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I am sorry; why do my tax dollars have to fund someone's digital to analog converter? Especially being most TV's in service today either run cable/dish and/or are already fitted with the device internally.

If a person cannot save up $100 in a year; that is not my problem-------I do not care how poor they are.
I agree! What a waste of gov't money. No surprise.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:24 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Originally Posted by ArizonaBear View Post
I am sorry; why do my tax dollars have to fund someone's digital to analog converter? Especially being most TV's in service today either run cable/dish and/or are already fitted with the device internally.

If a person cannot save up $100 in a year; that is not my problem-------I do not care how poor they are.
The coupons are cheaper than fighting a class-action lawsuit. Seriously.

And it won't be your tax dollars that fund this. The government stands to make hundreds of billions of dollars in auctioning licenses for the frequency spectrum that will be vacated by analog TV stations to new wireless services. It will be Verizon's and AT&T's and maybe even Google's dollars that fund this program.

The big question here is where are people going to use these coupons? Even Radio Shack doesn't sell the converter boxes that these coupons are intended for.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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Yeah, I'm sure tax dollars have been spent on worse things in the past. Is this whole analog TV cutoff happening in Canada too?
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:21 AM
 
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So does any tv that is not digital need these converters? I noticed people saying something about cable etc. We have Direct TV.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:15 AM
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Location: Ohio
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So does any tv that is not digital need these converters? I noticed people saying something about cable etc. We have Direct TV.
Only to receive signals over the air with an antenna. If you have a dish or cable, you'll be fine until the dish or cable company says you're not.
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