The DTVPal Plus
Converter Box is Available
The new Dish
Network DTVPal Plus is now available for purchase online with
coupon. It is the same box as the DTVPal
but has an "Enhanced Digital Tuner." The new tuner is
"optimized to improve signal strength in weak signal conditions."
Wilmington, N.C. Goes All
On September 8, 2008, Wilmington,
N.C. became the first in the country to cut off their analog
signals and broadcast only in digital. It
was first major test of the government-mandated conversion coming to
the rest of the country in February.
Households Eligible to Receive Converter
On September 16, 2009, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M.
Gutierrez announced that residents of licensed nursing homes,
intermediate care facilities,
assisted living facilities and
households that use a
post office box for mail delivery will be eligible to
request coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. The rule
change takes effect 30
days after publication in the Federal Register.
Available for Purchase Online
These boxes with analog
pass-through are now available online with a
Alpha Digital AT2016
Check our Retailers
Page for a complete list
Battery Pack for Converter Boxes
Winegard offers a Battery Pack
that allows you to run their Winegard converter boxes off of 6 D cell
batteries. You can purchase the Winegard
9-Volt Battery Pack and the Winegard
RC-DT09A converter box from SolidSignal.
In an emergency TV can be your only source of information, dont be left
in the dark if your power goes out. Great
for RVers too!
No need to replace your existing battery powered analog TV when you buy
this battery pack and a Winegard Converter Box.
-Stay tuned to weather and news when you lose power
-Required 6 - "D" Cell batteries (not included)
-Battery pack hooks into DC IN 9V jack
-Lasts up to 18 hours
-ONLY Compatible with Winegard Converter Boxes
New NTIA approved Converter Boxes
The NTIA has recently added these boxes to their CECB list,
all with analog
Solid Signal SSCB20P
Digital Rising SBTX02
Specifications not yet available.
New Converter Boxes Specifications
Dish Network DTVPal Plus
DIGITAL STREAM DSP7700P
AccessHD DTA 1080D
Transition takes place on February 17, 2009.
Last day consumers can apply for coupon is March 31, 2009.
Last day retailers can accept coupons is July 9, 2009.
Statistics as of 10/8/08:
Coupons Requested - 30,052,854
Coupons Mailed - 28,309,998
Coupons Expired - 9,198,553
Coupons Redeemed - 11,716,449
Feel free to reply with comments or questions.
Ken and Linda from EZ Digital TV