There are two questions we’ve been asked a good bit lately when it comes to the Big Switch to digital television:
The first is, “Why do you keep talking about it? Don’t you think everyone already knows about it?”
The answer is simple: as much as we’d like to think that everyone does know, we know for a fact, based on research, that there are still millions of homes in the U.S. which aren’t ready for the end of analog broadcasts, even though stations like LIVE 5 WCSC have been educating viewers about the switch for more than a full year. We want to make sure that everyone is fully aware of what is changing, so that’s why we talk about it.
The second question we’ve been getting lately is whether it’s too late to order those digital converter box coupons.
The answer here isn’t quite so simple. You may still apply for a $40 converter box coupon through July 31st, but there are two catches: the first is that at this point, you won’t receive your coupon before the switch, so if you have no cable or satellite service and your television isn’t equipped with a digital tuner, you may be without TV reception until you get the converter box.
And we certainly don’t want that!
The other catch is that the coupons will only be issued while supplies last. So if the coupons run out, the July 31st deadline will no longer apply.
If you haven’t ordered your coupon and you’d still like to, call the Coupon Hotline at 1-888-DTV-2009.
We hope you’re ready for the Big Switch and that you’ll enjoy the new era of all-digital broadcasting!