TVs Transition to Digital

If you have rabbit ears and want to continue watching stations like WHSV a year from now, you'll have to get a digital TV converter box.

It's all part of the shift to a digital signal for all televisions everywhere that will occur February 17, 2009. Most people probably don't have to worry about this, but for anyone who uses rabbit ears to get signal, there are a few things they need to keep watching television.

They will need to:

- buy a newer TV

- connect to cable or satellite

- or get a converter box

The converter box is the cheapest option and is a one-time purchase. In fact, the government will give you a $40 coupon to cover most of the cost, which could be as much as $70. At Moore's Electronics, customers are already coming in with the coupons and questions.

"Well, we usually tell them that it will allow, actually, more channels to be broadcasted for each one of the stations that are around. For example, Channel 3, at one time was all that was broadcasted," says Moore's Electronics owner Kevin Moore.

Moore sells his converters for $54 and wants to remind customers they need the coupon before coming to his or any other store. The coupons have no cash value, so if the box gets returned, buyers will only get back what they spent over the $40 covered by the coupon.

To apply for a converter box coupon, call 1-888-DTV-2009 or visit the link below. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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