Can I still get a converter box?


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    My Antenna won't work cause of the fact that I don't have one of those converters If you would send me one of those government coupons so I can get one(converter)sence they went DTV. Thank You

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    The government $40 coupon program has been over for many months. The "coupons" were actually like pre-paid debit cards that expired 90 days after issue. If you should happen to have one, or if you find one of these coupons for sale on Craigslist or Ebay, they have expired and they are worthless.

    That being said, you still have a number of options:

    Try your local Thrift Store: people often give them to charity when they no longer need converter boxes. Garage sales are also a good source, as people upgrade their old TVs. Sometimes they will be missing their remote control unit, but you may be able to buy a replacement for about $10.

    Walmart, Best Buy and other Discount Stores usually carry them, or you can try Ebay using our Auction-bot link at the bottom of this Forum page. Craigslist is a good source for used Converter boxes. Another option is to replace your current TV with a new TV, which will both get you free broadcast TV and give it to you in High Definition. Smaller models, 15 to 30 inches, are quite reasonably priced now.

    If you are near the Canadian or Mexican border and currently receive analog signals from foreign stations, or if you have been receiving a LP analog translator, the Converter Box needs to have a function called "analog pass thru" for it to be able to receive those stations. Many Canadian and Mexican stations are now converting to digital or they will in the near future.

    Make sure you have a proper antenna for it, rabbit ears usually don't work very well. We can help you select the right antenna for your location. If you have any more questions, please ask.

    DTVUSA Staff

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