Archive for March, 2009

How Do I Get a Digital Converter Box Coupon?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The switchover to all digital television is happening June 12, 2009.  If you don’t want to upgrade your TV or subscribe to cable or satellite TV and you want to keep watching your television shows, you’ll need to get a digital converter.

The good news is, digital converters are fairly inexpensive.  Even better, the Federal Communications Commission is offering $40 coupons for the purchase of digital converters.  So you can be a part of the analog to digital TV transition at low or no cost!

And getting a digital converter coupon is pretty simple.

Just visit the Federal Government’s Digital TV website and fill out the request for a form.  They’ll ask you for some information, like your name and address and if you subscribe to cable or satellite TV.  Remember that you’ll also need a digital converter for each analog television in your house.  The FCC allows up to two $40 digital converter coupons per household.  Coupons are good for 90 days from the date you request them.

And if you’re a nursing home resident, there’s a separate digital converter coupon form to fill out.

Digital converter coupons are only good for certain digital converter boxes and at certain retailers, so make sure you check the FCC’s list of eligible retailers and eligible digital converters.  Also note that these coupons are not rebates – you have to use it when you purchase a digital converter, not afterwards.

Digital Television Switchover/Digital Converter Box FAQ

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Q: When will the switchover from analog to digital TV take place?

A: It is officially scheduled for June 12, 2009, although some TV stations are phasing out their analog broadcasts already.

Q: What do I need to watch digital TV?

A: We’ve got what you need to watch digital TV right here.  But the short answer is – you have a few options.  You can purchase a new digital TV (high definition TV).  You can subscribe to satellite TV.  Or you can  use your existing analog TV for free or very low cost by getting a digital tv converter box.

Q: How much does a digital TV converter box cost?

A: They vary by model, but most are fairly inexpensive.  Even better, the FCC is offering coupons for digital converter boxes, so you can get a digital converter box at no or extremely low cost.

Q: Is it hard to hook up my digital converter box?

A: Not at all.  If you can hook up a “rabbit ears” TV antenna or a DVD player, you’ll find it extremely easy.

Q: What if I found it hard to do that?

A: Check out our digital converter box installation guide.  It’s even got a video.

Q: That sounds pretty easy.

A: It really is.

Q: Which digital to analog TV converter should I buy?

A: Check back here often for our digital to analog TV converter reviews.  We’ve got you covered.

How to Hook Up a Digital TV Converter Box

Monday, March 30th, 2009

If you have an old standard definition television and would like to continue watching your shows, you’re going to need a digital converter box.  The good news is that you can get a digital converter box for free or very little cost with the Federal Government’s digital converter box coupon program.

We have loads of reviews for digital converter boxes on this site – that’s what we’re all about.

Once you’ve picked out your digital converter box and purchased it, the only thing left to do is hook it up.

So – how do you hook up a digital converter box?  It’s as easy as hooking up a DVD player!

What you’ll need:

1)   TV antenna with coaxial (screw on) cable
2)   Digital converter box
3)   Coaxial (screw on) cable or RCA (red and yellow plug) cable

How to do it:

1)   Connect the TV antenna to the “Antenna In” on the digital converter box with the coaxial (screw on) cable

2)   Connect the digital converter box “Out to TV” to your television.  You will have the option to use either coaxial (screw on) or RCA (red and yellow plug) cable.  If using coaxial, connect it to the “Coaxial In” or “TV In” coaxial (screw on) plug on your television.  If using RCA, the red and yellow plugs to the red and yellow “TV In” or “RCA In” on your television.

3)   If using RCA (red and yellow plug) cable to connect your digital converter box, you will need to set your TV to either AV, “Input,” “TV/Video,” or “Device.”  This varies by TV make and model – consult your owner’s manual.  If using coaxial cable to connect your TV to your digital converter box, you will need to set your TV to either channel 3 or 4.  This varies by TV make and model – consult your owner’s manual.

4)   You will now be using the remote for the digital converter box to change channels.  You will use your TV remote for volume and power.  If you don’t want to use two remotes, think about purchasing a universal remote.

If you’re the type of person who prefers video instruction, watch the following:


What Do I Need to Watch Digital TV?

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

The upcoming switchover from analog to digital tv is confusing.  Without buying an expensive new high definition television, how can you still watch your favorite programs?

Fortunately, the situation isn’t as complicated as it seems.  There are three ways that you can continue to enjoy your television programs on your existing analog or standard definition television.

The first is through the use of a digital converter.  A digital TV converter works by transforming the digital signal high defintion broadcasts use into an analog signal.  Then, you can watch your shows on your existing TV.  This is the cheapest and easiest option.  The Federal Government is even giving out coupons for digital converter boxes, so you can get one for free or at very low cost.

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