Now that the crossover to digital TV has been postponed, don’t think that you still have 4 months to buy a new TV or converter box. Some of the 1,796 full-power stations will still go with the option of dropping analog transmission this month. The FCC has asked those stations to notify them today and can prohibit the change if they feel that it is not in the public’s interest. So if you still aren’t ready and you live in an urban area, you might see that snow after all February 17.
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The conversion to digital TV is less than 2 months away, so if you stashed your coupons in a drawer somewhere, they have probably expired. Apparently there is a last minute rush as the Department of Commerce says there are simply not enough available. They are hoping that Congress will allow additional funding.
“Once the obligation ceiling is reached, the program will hold coupon requests until funds from unredeemed coupons become available,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, acting asst. secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. There are about 60 models out there to choose from, but without the coupon, you will pay between $40.00 and $90.00.
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If you were one of those who jumped early on the DOC Digital to Analog TV coupon giveaway, then you probably know that you only have 90 days to use it and are probably close to the end of the line. We did some shopping over the weekend and found most Wal-marts were out of the converters. We did manage to find two at Targé. Although there was one from GE for about $60.00, we opted for the cheapy Venturer for $47.99. By the way, they add tax to the original cost before taking the price of the $40.00 coupon off, but two boxes for $21.74 is still a decent deal. And if you buy a digital TV before next February, we suspect there will be plenty of others who would love to have your converters.
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