You may want to wait to request a DTV Converter Coupon

There have been several news reports of late about the Federal Government’s DTV Converter Coupon program.  The program will provide US households up to 2 coupons worth $40 each toward the purchase of a set top converter.  The converter will allow your analog TV to receive digital signals.  These converters are to be available soon in stores. I have yet to see any available in local stores.  If you do, let me know.

     I would suggest that you hold off requesting a coupon until you actually see the converters on store shelves.  The Coupons have a 90-day expiration date. So if you get one now and the devices are not stocked until April or May you may need to apply again.


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2 Responses to “You may want to wait to request a DTV Converter Coupon”

  1. pcarruthers Says:

    When I noodled around with it last week, I discovered that you won’t get the coupon until the devices are actually stocked, and THEN you have 90 days to use your coupon.

  2. jdominic Says:

    NTIA (the governemtn office handling the program) said today that the coupons would begin being sent out on February 17th. I would still wait till I see the devices in stores before I send for the coupon. The track record of this coupon program has been less than stellar. Since there will be plenty of time before you need them, i.e. Feb. 18, 2009.

    The good news is that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City and many other national retailers have been authorized to sell the converters and to accept the coupons.


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