If you’re like me, then you don’t pay for your television viewing. We have a $20 set of “rabbit ears” atop our TV, and it lets us get reasonable reception for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and a home shopping network. Yay.
But, we’ve found that it’s enough to keep us happy, between that, online television viewing, and our Netflix subscription.
In our area, the cheapest TV plan is $50 per month, which to me is way too expensive to be worth it.
In 2009 (which is next year! Whoa!), we won’t be able to use our rabbit ears to watch TV anymore.
Television is going digital.
This means that a standard analog TV set without a subscription to cable will need a converter box to continue to view those over-the-airwaves channels.
For those who request it, the government is issuing two $40 coupons (good for one converter box each) to households.
I don’t know how much these converter boxes will cost, but I hope they’re around $40.
Visit this web site to learn more about the coupon program, and apply for the coupons.
A word of caution: Just be aware of this program, and if it applies to you, be sure to plan your budget accordingly. These coupons supposedly expire within 90 days of being issued.
Also, I don’t know if retailers are stocking these items yet. It might be better to wait a few months to see how prices go.
Do you plan to buy a converter box? Or, do you have a digital television set? Or, do you have cable? What do you think of all this?