Update: Digital TV coupon program starts tomorrow

Posted by Mark Raby

Washington (DC) - Owners of analog TV sets can send off their application for a free converter box beginning tomorrow, to prepare for the digital switch over that will happen in February 2009.

Two coupons will be sent to each person who applies.  Each one is worth $40 off a digital converter box.  The devices, which are expected to cost around $60 each, will transform an antenna signal to a digital one that will work with the new standards.  Manufacturers are already busy creating new boxes specifically aimed at consumers for the coupon program.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will open up for the program tomorrow.  Consumers can apply via 1-888-DTV-2009, or online at DTV2009.gov.

Stores are expected to begin selling the boxes in February.  Accordingly, the government will start to mail out coupons on February 17, 2008.

All major big box retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Target and Wal-Mart will sell the converter boxes.