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NTIA Home TV Converter Box Coupon Program

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has launched the TV Converter Box Coupon Program (Coupon Program), as authorized in the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005.

As of January 1, 2008, all U.S. households are eligible to request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the purchase of up to two, digital-to-analog converter boxes. For more details on the federal regulations, including the budget information, please see the TV Converter Box Coupon Program Rules.

See TV Converter Box Coupon Program Status Update with the number of applications and coupons requested to date. Also see TV Converter Box Coupon Statistics by State and ZIP Code.

Low Power, Class A and Translator TV stations are not required to transition to digital broadcasting on February 17, 2009.
Frequently-Asked Questions for Viewers of Translators and Low Power Stations
FCC Consumer Advisory on the DTV Transition and LPTV/Class A/Translator Stations

Take a short quiz at the DTV Transition Web site to see whether the converter box is the right option for your household to make the digital transition.

Ways to Prepare:

Your TV tuner is:    You get your programming from: You will need by Feb. 17, 2009:


Digital-to-Analog converter box


Cable or satellite

Contact your Provider

Digital Over-the-air Nothing


Cable or satellite

Contact your Provider

This Web site further describes what consumers need to know and how they can find additional information to prepare for the digital transition. For general consumer information about the converter coupon program and the digital television transition, see our Frequently Asked Questions. [Preguntas Frecuentes en español]

For details about the program, see Consumers, Manufacturers, and Retailers. For additional resources and information about the DTV transition, see Partners.

For details on the rulemaking process, see the program's Rules.

For the latest information, see What's New with the program.

For partner support materials, including fact sheets, toolkits, news articles, and public service annoucement scripts, see DTV Program Materials.

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