Is There Still A Converter Box Program In 2014?
by, 12-28-2013 at 08:36 AM (2386 Views)
On February 17, 2009, all television stations ceased transmitting analog signals to the public and made the official switch to digital signals. That means people that previously relied on antennas and dishes on the roof will soon be out of luck and be without their television sets. If you are one of the people who still has an analog based signal in 2014, you might be without channel access, but converter boxes can help dramatically increase your options.
The Converter Box Program
To help people pay for the switch to digital cable signals, the government started a program centered around helping people obtain the boxes without paying out of pocket. This was a program that was available to every single US citizen. The program came in the form of a way to get two coupons that would be $40 each, entirely covering the cost of a converter box for the vast majority of people.
The problem comes from the fact that this program ended once the actual switch happened. A lot of people still, in 2014, need help and still don’t have an analog television signal and are, as a result, without a television signal. For those people, there are still options out there, and plenty of boxes available, although you don’t have the luxury of getting one for free. You could subscribe to cable or satellite television, but if those are not options that appeal to you, a converter box might be your only option.
How To Still Save Money
Using a converter box alone will help you save money. Local channels are even broadcast in HD, making it even more appealing to those who don’t need a lot of extra channels, but still want to keep up with network television and the local news.
Craigslist is one of the largest classified ad sites on the entire internet, and with good reason. Craigslist can help you find almost anything, with television converter boxes being one of them. By buying one used on Craigslist, you can save a lot of money and get a great deal, without any of the hassle of dealing with a store. One of the most important things that you need to keep in mind, though, is that you should have already did all of your research and you should be aware of scammers acting on Craigslist. It is easy to scam people here without much regulation, but if you are smart and wary of anything that sounds too good to be true, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.
eBay offers similar chances to save money, although you will also be protected to some degree. The systems that are in place on eBay make it easy to safely purchase things and not have to worry about the quality. Be careful to read all of the ads, though, and make sure that you know what they are selling so that you aren’t caught off guard or caught in a technicality.
Making The Switch
Switching to a digital signal won’t offer you too many signals, but it can help you add to your existing channels if you have a set top box, or can simply add a little bit of free television into your life. Think about saving money on one, though, if you want to have the best deal and save as much money as possible.