In response to numerous inquiries regarding the conversion of televisions to digital transmission mode, Rep. David Sater, R-Cassville, has issued the following information provided by the Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association (MCTA).
As of Feb. 17, 2009, all analog televisions that are not connected to cable, satellite or a converter box will be unable to receive a digital broadcast signal. In Missouri, one in five households do not have cable or satellite and rely on over-the-air television.
The government is offering two $40 coupons per household to help families purchase converter boxes for their televisions. A total of 33.5 million coupons will be made available to consumers.
The National Tele-communications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved over 30 converter box models for the TC Converter Box Coupon Program. Retailers estimate costs of the boxes range from $40 to $70. NTIA has enlisted over 250 retailers to stock these approved converter box models.
Consumers can receive their coupons on-line at www.dtv2009.gov, by phone at 1-888-DTV-2009, by mail at P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208 or by fax at 1-877-388-4632.TV conversion
info is offered