While many in the United States know that the transition
to digital TV
broadcasts will begin in early 2009, there are still some that are totally oblivious to the switch over and why its being done.
If you don't have a digital convertor box
, you will not be capable of receiving digital broadcasts that are not connected to satellite or cable services will no longer be able to receive programming.
To help the less fortunate consumers, the U.S. government is offering coupons to help reduce the cost of the converters for affected households. Consumers will be eligible for up to two $40 coupons which can be used towards the purchase price of a converter box.
now has one of the cheapest converters out at a price of $49.87. That leaves consumers paying about $10 out of their own pocket to continue to watch over the air programming with old analog only TVs.