How much does a converter box for a TV cost?

Digital-to-analog converter boxes are available at electronics retailers and cost $40 to $70. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, administers a program that offers $40 coupons toward the purchase of a converter box.

How much does a converter box for a TV cost?

Digital-to-analog converter boxes are available at electronics retailers and cost $40 to $70. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, administers a program that offers $40 coupons toward the purchase of a converter box.

Do smart tvs need a converter box?

No converter needed. If you have a smart TV, it already has a digital tuner. As suggested all you will likely need is and antenna, your local store being familiar with your area would be the best place to start.

How can I watch TV without Internet?

If you don’t have a home internet connection but still want to stream content to your smart TV, you can use your mobile phone. It does require that both devices are compatible, along with an HDMI cable (more on HDMI in our guide).

Why do I need a converter box for my digital TV?

Converter boxes were created for the purpose of converting the digital broadcast signal to an analog signal for analog televisions. However, if you already have a television that can receive digital signals, then you do not need a converter box.

Can you get a free digital converter box without a TV?

Since TV owners wouldn’t be able to pick up broadcast signals without getting a new TV or a converter box, a federal government program offered a coupon for a free digital converter box. People who requested the coupons would get two $40 coupons, usable within 90 days toward the purchase of such a box.

How do I get a coupon for an HDTV converter?

If the current CAPTCHA is unreadable, then you can always click on the megaphone icon to hear it spoken or click on the icon that looks like revolving arrows to get a new CAPTCHA . Click the “Submit” button and your HDTV converter coupon will be on its way. To apply by phone simply call the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).

Do I need a converter box for an HDTV?

If you’re not sure if you need a converter box, check your TV, its packaging or its manual to see if it’s an HDTV. If you’re using your TV with a cable or satellite subscription, you may not need a box if your cable or satellite converter box is capable of outputting an analog signal itself.

Where can I buy a converter box for my coupons?

Coupons will be sent with a list of eligible converter boxes as well as a list of participating local retailers. This information is also available from the coupon Web site. Many major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart, Sears, RadioShack, Target and Wal-Mart are selling the boxes.