WASHINGTON, D.C. – With analog TV transmission signals a thing of the past and digital signals the only way Americans can watch the programming of their choice, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) urges consumers to apply for converter box coupons. The coupons, worth $40 toward the purchase of a digital TV converter box, will no longer be available after July 31.
“Although many households subscribe to the various paid services that allow consumers to watch TV without a converter box, millions more have lost their TV signals to the digital switch,” said Menendez. “These coupons can greatly assist consumers that might not have the means to pay for these services or to buy a new TV set, making it impossible to get news and emergency information or simply enjoy their favorite programming. I urge these consumers to take advantage of the coupon program before it expires on July 31 so that these Americans can watch free over-the-air TV.”
Full-power television stations in the United States shut down their analog broadcast systems by June 12, and now have completely digital broadcasts. The Department of Commerce’s TV Converter Box Coupon Program provides up to two $40 coupons per eligible household toward the purchase of converter boxes to help consumers who rely on free over-the-air broadcasting with the digital transition. The transition to digital television frees up airwaves for better communications among emergency first responders and offers a clearer picture and more programming choices for many consumers. Consumers should call ahead to confirm availability of coupon-eligible converter boxes on the day they plan to shop.
For more information about the switch to digital broadcasting, visit www.dtv2009.gov. To request converter box coupons, call 1-888-DTV-2009. Consumers who continue to experience reception problems can call the Federal Communications Commission hotline at 1-888-CALL-FCC.
New Jersey constituents can also call Menendez’s state offices for additional assistance: (973) 645-3030, or (856) 757- 5353.
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