Question: $40.00 Coupon for receiving converter boxes

I would like to know how do I apply and receive the $40.00 coupons that are offered
for the converter boex for your televisions. I am in a senior citizen complex and need
the box to watch television. Can you help me with this? If so, please do. If not, let me know who can.

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:welcome: bettyangel1983,

WELCOME to the forum and the world of free TV!

Sorry, 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 they were issued. 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. Do make sure to CHECK them out and make sure they work first! Sometimes they will be missing their remote control unit, but you can buy a replacement for about $10.

Best Buy still sells them and there is one available at Wal-Mart ($38, online only) or you can try Ebay using our Auction-bot link at the bottom of the main topic Forum page. 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 priced from about $150 to $300.

If you are near the Canadian or Mexican border and currently receive analog signals from foreign stations, or if you have been receiving a Low Power 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.