I still watch TV using regular old rabbit ears. We have two TVs in the house, one in the living room, and one in the basement. They work fine, and are each over 15 years old. So a couple months ago when the U.S. Department of Commerce allowed people to apply for up to two $40 coupons for a digital to analog converter for older TV sets, I applied. The coupons are only good for three months, and there is a limited supply of them. I received the coupons today, but they expire on June 6, 2008. It took the government nearly two weeks to get them shipped out. Bizarre. Or government efficiency, you decide.
The “coupons” look like gift cards (or credit cards). They are bright red and are labeled “TV Converter Box Coupon Program.” There is a hologram on the front that says “Security” in a circle, with an eagle’s head in the center, and the letter “s” repeated in the background. The back of the coupon says “It is illegal to sell, duplicate or tamper with this coupon. This coupon will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Retailer Support Center: www.ntiadtv.gov.
If you’d like to apply for your coupons, or learn more about this program, go to www.DTV2009.gov.