Dealers Given Go-Ahead to Sell Converter Boxes
The federal government’s program to sell digital-TV converter boxes to customers without digital TVs is moving along, with the government giving the okay this week to retailers to begin selling the boxes.
According to the Associated Press, the first boxes will be available early in 2008 at more than 100 retailers that have been approved by the government. These include Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, Wal*Mart and numerous independent retailers.
The government has earmarked $1.5 billion towards a program that gives authorized households two coupons worth $40 each to purchase the converter boxes, which will become necessary to watch antenna-based televisions once analog signals are turned off in February of 2009. The voucher program will remain in effect through March of that year.