TV I’m a Cadillac-Driving Welfare Queen
posted by March 26 at 11:05 AMon
You probably already knew about this:
At midnight on February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100% digital broadcasting.
This of course means that the old-fashioned television sets aren’t going to work anymore for picking up non-cable broadcast TV. But did you know that, as of January, the government has been doling out up to 80 dollars for anyone who asks, so that they can buy TV Converter Boxes for their analog TV sets? It’s true!
Congress created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for households wishing to keep using their analog TV sets after February 17, 2009. The Program allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes.
I don’t have any television reception anyway, but I figured that if the government was handing out coupons for free, I was going to get in on that action. I applied for my coupons here, and I just got them in them mail on Saturday. I guess I’m going to go get one of the damned converter boxes, now that I have the coupons, but I’m not excited about that. I was incredibly excited about getting coupons from the government in the mail; I recommend it highly.