Coupon Program Update:

Applications for Replacement Coupons. The Coupon Program is now accepting applications from consumers whose coupons expired without being redeemed. The Coupon Program limits each U.S. household to a total of two redeemed coupons. Therefore, if you have redeemed one coupon toward the purchase of a TV converter box and the other has expired, you may request and be approved for one replacement coupon; if you have redeemed two coupons you will not be approved for additional coupons. Replacement coupons will only be issued to eligible households upon request.

Coupon Waiting List and Distribution.  The Coupon Program has completed processing approved coupon applications that were placed on a waiting list beginning in January 2009. Consumers who had been notified they were approved for coupons but placed on a waiting list due to a lack of program funds will be issued coupons. See chart below.

Consumers who apply for a coupon and are approved after the waiting list is eliminated will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. If the Program experiences high demand, it may be necessary for NTIA to once again place applicants on a waiting list. Should this happen NTIA may distribute coupons to over-the-air only households first to ensure as many U.S. households as possible have at least one working television after their local TV stations complete the transition to digital by June 12, 2009.

Requested Coupons Mailed via First-Class Mail. The TV Converter Box Coupon Program is mailing coupons via first-class mail. Consumers will receive coupons more quickly.

Application Deadline. Consumers should act now to prepare for the end of analog broadcasts in their local viewing area. The Program will accept coupon applications until July 31, 2009, if funds are available to fill those requests.

Your Application Approval Date Target Mail Date
January 3 - 9, 2009 2/20/2009
January 10 - 16, 2009 2/27/2009
January 24 - 30, 2009 3/6/2009
January 31 - February 6, 2009 3/13/2009
February 7 - 13, 2009 3/13/2009
February 14 - 20, 2009 3/20/2009
February 21 - 27, 2009 3/20/2009
February 28 - March 6, 2009 3/27/2009
March 7 - 13, 2009 3/27/2009
March 14 - 20, 2009 4/3/2009
March 21 - 27, 2009 4/10/2009

Still Having Reception Problems?

Please read the information on our antenna page. You’ll find a link near the bottom of this page that will take you to At this website you can enter your address and it will tell you what type of antenna to use, where to point it and what channels you can expect to receive.

Also please note that all stations may not be broadcasting in digital yet or if it is not a full power station, may not be switching to digital at all right now.

New information - Rescanning:

After hooking up a converter box to your TV set, or installing a new digital television, you will need to scan (also known as "auto-tune") for new channels to ensure you receive all of the digital stations broadcasting in your area. While some boxes do this automatically, you may need to select scan manually.

Since some digital stations are still coming on air, you may want to consider rescanning on a periodic basis to get all of the digital programming available.

Because some digital stations that are already on air are moving to different channel numbers at the end of DTV transition, you may need to rescan again after June 12, 2009 to ensure that you receive all of the digital stations broadcasting in your area.

Digital TV Coverage Maps
The FCC has issued coverage maps for all full-service TV facilities, including 1,749 stations that have both an analog and digital TV facility and 69 stations having only digital TV facilities.

New NTIA Approved Converter Eligible Converter Boxes:

The NTIA has recently added these boxes to their CECB list, all with analog pass-through:

Fortec Star FS-2150 *
Sunkey SK-802ATSC *
Artec T3AP-LL*
Artec T3APR-T (TVG)*

New Converter Box Specifications:

Craig CVD506
Artec T3AP-LS *

Coby DTV-102
Zinwell ZAT-950A
SPICA AT 2018*
Airlink101 ATVC102
AccessHD DTA 1080D*

Converter Box Retailers:

Not all approved converter boxes are for sale!
  Please note that although a converter box is approved by the NTIA and we have information pages on our website, not all approved boxes are for sale.

Don't forget about converter boxes for your RVs and Boats: Check our RVs and Digital TV page that includes instructions for connecting a 12V converter box in your RV.

You can get the Airlink101 ATVC102 DTV Converter Box  free online with your coupon from FreeDTVshop.  

Check our Converter Box Retailers Page for online and in-store retailers.

Coupon Reminder

The Digital Transition takes place on June 12, 2009.
Last day consumers can apply for a coupon is July 31, 2009.

Coupon Statistics as of 2/4/09:

Coupons Requested - 54,472,614
Coupons Mailed - 53,197,499
Coupons Expired - 17,760,876
Coupons Redeemed - 26,136,855

Don't forget to use our boxes on our website to do all your online shopping anytime!

Feel free to reply with comments or questions.


Ken and Linda from EZ Digital TV