If you've been slacking off on getting that Digital Converter box for your old analog TV and antannae, then you will be waiting a while if you want to get your $40.00 out of Unlce Sam.
The NTIA announced that, as of Sunday, Jan 4. those who want their $40.00 coupon will have to be placed on a waiting list. Customers will get issued a coupon on a first come first served basis but will have to wait as older coupons expire to free up funds. Apparently, the program has reached its $1.34 BILLION legal obligation limit already. Wow. That's over 33.5 Million coupons. Guess there are a lot of folks still using analog TVs and antannae.
If you've been living in seclusion, or just don't watch much TV, there's a big change happening next month. As of 2/1/09, all current analog TV broadcast signals will stop. If you have an older TV and watch free, over the air TV, all you'll be seeing is snow. That is, unless, you get one of these converter boxes that the government has been subsidising for the last year or so.
If you have Satellite or Cable television, you will not be affected.