We're about 13 months from the switch digital TV and if you're still using your old TV on rabbit ears, the government is giving away $40 coupons (up to 2 per household) to help offset the cost of the digital box converters. Beginning February 18, 2009 (note this is next year yet), anyone who does not own a digital set and still gets their TV programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer see a TV picture.
If you're on cable, fiber optic (e.g. FIOS) or satellite, you won't need the digital box converters.
Government offers TV Coupons
To request a coupon, you can apply online at www.dtv2009.gov. There's also a 24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).