DTV Boxes – What are they?

What exactly is a dtv converter box (also known as digital-to-analog converter box)?

If you watch TV over-the-air, using an antenna or “rabbit ears,” you will need to either convert your old analog television by connecting a converter box to it or purchase a new television with a digital tuner by February 17, 2009.

A digital television converter box is used to convert an analog television to accept digital television broadcast signals. The device itself (like the one pictured to the left), looks similar to a set top cable box, but it’s important to note that over-the-air dtv converter boxes cannot be used in conjunction with basic cable service.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is issuing each household up to two DTV coupons to help consumers with purchasing converter boxes.


  1. [...] the government has been so very kind in offering the nation a $40 coupon for these boxes. However, these coupons are only good for 90 days from when they are mailed out to you. As many of [...]

  2. Dominic says:



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  4. [...] In addition to battling blazing fires in burning buildings, firefighters in Texas are volunteering to help citizens battle confusion over the transition to digital television. Five of the local fire departments in the Rio Grande Valley area, and the Hidalgo County Emergency Services Division have teamed up to help the 2-1-1 service and local television stations in providing assistance to citizens in hooking up their digital-to-analog converter boxes. [...]

  5. [...] are opting to purchase a new television set instead of upgrading their old analog TV with a  digital converter box.  Competitively priced DTV television sets are now selling for less than $250, and according to a [...]

  6. thepittsboroguy says:

    Are they not making or selling black boxes, ( descramblers) that get you all the tv channels cable tv for free ? Any one. I have been looking for one , since HD TV has come out and is mandatory. The black boxes is not even a box it is a cylinder you hook up your Tv to.

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