Friday, February 8, 2008

HDTV Converter Box Coupons

A bunch of people have asked me about the Federal government's HDTV converter box coupon program, and TV newscasts are pushing it hard, but I assume a lot of people are hearing about it but not getting the details. For those who are interested, the deal is that the Feds will give you one or two (maximum) coupons for $40 off a digital TV converter box. But you have to use the coupon(s) within 90 days of when they're mailed to you. I figure the retail end will mark up prices when the coupons start coming in.

For info, call: 888.388.2009 Or go to and apply online.
Download a mail-in coupon at
Or write: TV Converter Box Program, P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208.
Remember: The coupon expires 90 days after it's put in the mail to you, so don't request one until you're ready to buy.

I think Powel would have come out with a converter box that would undersell all the rest, even with coupons. "Buy CROSLEY! No coupon necessary!"


Anonymous said...

I never trust anything the Gov't puts together. No digital data is one-way. What info of yours will be transmitted out? This is just another way to keep track of people.

Anonymous said...

I requested a coupon in October. Their web site says it was "sent" October 31, 2008. I haven't received the coupon yet. I have tried to write them on paper and via email. NO REPONSE...YET! Another Government program that is screwed up...not surprising.