How to get a converter box

Converter Box Coupon Program

To help consumers with the DTV transition, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program . The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce, administers this program.


Between January 1, 2008, and July 31, 2009, all U.S. households will be eligible to request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the purchase of up to two, digital-to-analog converter boxes. The coupons may only be used for eligible converter boxes sold at participating consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at the time of purchase. (Please note that these coupons will expire 90 days after mailing). Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each. This is a one-time cost.


For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program, visit , or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-887-530-2634 (TTY).


Nursing Home Application

Residents of licensed nursing homes, intermediate care facilities and assisted living facilities are eligible to request coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. Residents must use the Nursing Home application form.


If you are a resident of a licensed nursing home, intermediate care facility or assisted living facility, you may apply for one coupon by mailing in the completed application displayed on this page. A family member or a representative from the licensed facility may apply for one coupon per nursing home resident, but the coupon will be mailed directly to the nursing home resident. 

What digital to analog converter boxes are coupon eligible?

A list of boxes and related documentation can be found on the Coupon Eligible Converter Boxes page.


Check Your Coupon Status

Check the status of your coupon application and expected mailing date on the NTIA Converter Box Coupon Web site