NOTE: The free federal digital TV convertor coupon program ended on July 31, 2009. Information about digital TV conversion and how to improve over air digital TV antenna reception can be found at Assistance in locating over air TV stations broadcasting in your area and finetuning your antenna can be found at

Danny Lipford with digital TV.At midnight on February 17, 2009, analog television signals stopped broadcasting over the airwaves in the U.S. and digital signals took their place.

While this didn’t affect TV sets with digital tuners, or those on cable or satellite, a converter box is now necessary for older sets that use an antenna.

To help homeowners with the change, the federal government gave away $40 coupons for the purchase of a digital converter box.

Editorial Contributors
Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

Learn More

Comments are closed.