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Are you DTV ready: What you need

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- While some people won't need to do anything to be ready for the switch to digital, others need to plan ahead for Feb. 17.

Viewers watching over a cable or satellite provider, or anyone with a digital ready television are set.

But for those using rabbit ears or another type of antenna, they must purchase a converter box to turn the new digital signal into a form the older television can understand.

To help pay for it, the government is offering each U.S. household two $40 coupons.

After the coupon arrives in the mail, you take it to an electronics store and use it to help pay for the box.

"Basically they come in with their coupons, pick up the merchandise they want take it up to the register, the $40 is deducted from the price, they pay the difference and they're on there way," Target manager Dave Fisher said.  

The converter boxes are not new, the price reduction is.

"They've been around for years but never at this price point where you can get them between $40-60 and with the government offering assistance with two coupons per household as a voucher toward these things, you can get these things practically for free," KWWL Chief Engineer Jarrett Liddicoat said.

It takes roughly four to six weeks to receive the coupons in the mail. And even though the switch happens on Feb. 17, you can apply for the coupons through March 31.  

Watch KWWL News this week for more information on the switch to digital, including how to install the converter boxes.

To apply for a converter box coupon, click here.

Online Reporter: Chris Carter


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