Just for the record...I called the DTV # today (1-888-DTV-2009)
and it only took about 2 minutes to sign up. They inform me it should be
in mid February I will receive my converter coupon as soon as the stores
have them in stock.
So that was a easy transaction. Easy because you don't have to give
hardly any info...they already knew who I was, my name, my
address,...everything...I just had to confirm by pushing 1.
So if you want to go digital on your tv just call the number.
Here is a quote from the official web site: https://www.dtv2009.gov /
.... but supplies are limited. There are 22.25 million coupons available
to all U.S. households. Once those coupons have been used, there are an
additional 11.25 million coupons available only to households that
solely receive their TV broadcasts over-the-air using an antenna.
Households with TVs connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV
service are not eligible for this second batch of coupons. Consumers can
apply for coupons until March 31, 2009, or until the funds are exhausted.
Apparently no one is concerned that the analog VCR's are going to be
obsolete also. As I understand it, they will no longer be able to be
programmed for multiple OTA channels, but limited to the single
channel that the converter box is set to. Correct??
Red is correct here. However, converter boxes may be available with
timers that change the channel at a predetermined time, as some cable
and satellite set-top boxes do. You can get a new VCR (or VCR/DVD
combo) with a built-in ATSC tuner, but those won't be eligible for the
$40 coupon discount.
Correct, channel 3-4, but hopefully the converter box also has the jacks
for the 3-wire RCA component cables. Fancy converter boxes may have a
timer with channel chooser. If your TV setup is OTA only, taping stuff
on vacation will likely be limited to one channel, if you have a
entry-level converter box.
Using a VCR on a satt box is already a pain. They really, really want
VCRs and other stand-alone time shifting devices to Go Away, and for
everyone to just get used to paying a monthly fee to be able to do what
they used to be able to do on their own.
aem (who owns at least 3 vcrs, but hasn't looked in the junk room
I'm not the least bit concerned. I never change the channel on my VCR. My
cable box is capable of programming the sequence of channels I want to
record and the timing for them. I only need to coordinate the same times
on the VCR.
My cable box is already digital. My VCR is a combo VCR/DVD
There's DVD recorders, although they're newer can you can get one with
Yes and no. The converter box could contain a timer. That's what
happened with my first cable box. You program the VCR (no channel
setting here) AND program the converter with the channel to receive.
There's also the possibility of having one device than can control the
The real question is whether the coupon will work for a decoder with
QAM in addition to the ATSC. I bet you anything the cabl;e companies
will drop analog like a hot rock as soon as they can. Comcast has
already started in some big cities and they tell me it will be all
digital in SW Fla by this summer. Of course they are very happy to
rent you a box.
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