TV Digital Switch Looms: Time to Ditch Those Rabbit Ears

June 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)— President Obama is warning all Americans to make sure they are prepared for the June 12 switch to digital television. Current households that still use TV antennas to receive reception without cable, will be faced with the prospect of a dark television set, unless they act now to either purchase a converter box or update to a cable-ready television.

“I want to be clear: there will not be another delay. I urge everyone who is not yet prepared to act today, so you don’t lose important news and emergency information on June 12,” said Obama in a statement on Thursday.

The previous deadline for the transition was postponed several months to afford millions of poor, rural and elderly households additional time to prepare for the change.

A converter box is available to provide a broadcast signal to TVs now using antennas and cost between $40 and $80.

Americans can apply for a $40.00 coupon for the converter box on the Commerce Department’s website at, but they may not receive it before the June 12 deadline.



4 Responses to “TV Digital Switch Looms: Time to Ditch Those Rabbit Ears”

  1. Eric on June 6th, 2009 1:04 pm

    How will the converter box work without rabbit ears? Can you clarify this please? Also, you said “cable-ready television”. Don’t you mean digital television? Did you research this?

  2. William on June 6th, 2009 3:52 pm

    Don’t ditch the rabbit ears if you’re going to get an off-air digital converter box. You’ll still need them to pull in the signal. Best of all, you’ll probably get a lot more channels with better reception and it will all still be free. The only expense is the one time purchase of the converter box. Don’t get suckered into getting cable if you don’t want it or can’t afford it. If you are getting cable or already have cable, you don’t need one of these off-air digital converter boxes, but the cable company may require a cable box.

  3. Jackreceptionguru on June 6th, 2009 6:38 pm

    Stories like these (no matter how obvious it may seem) go a long ways because there are still 3 million people out there according to nielsen who haven’t converted to digital television.

    Don’t forget for ordering $40 dtv coupons for the digital transition. is the National Broadcaster’s Associations web page for the digital transition which has some great information.

    I also donate my time over at helping dtv transitioners with reception problems.

    Here’s to hoping the transition to digital signals is a smooth one for everyone.

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