The nation switches over to digital on February 17. That means more than 70 million televisions that currently use an antenna to get over-the-air signals from television stations will stop working unless they have a converter box that changes the digital signal into analog. Anyone who gets their TV signal from cable or satellite won't have to buy the converter boxes.
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Thousands have applied for the converter box coupon which expire in 90 days and never used them. Lawmakers say they're working on a plan to allow the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration to re-issue those expired coupons - potentially freeing up millions of dollars.
In the meantime, anyone who wants a converter box will have to pay for it out of their own pocket.