By now you may have heard that Congress is mandating that all televesion stations to broadcast in digital format only, as of February 17, 2009. This means if you have an older TV that recevies broadcasts in analog format you no longer will be able to watch your favoirte shows. TV stations are doing the switch because it will offer more programming choices for viewers with an improved picture and sound quality.
People who have a TV who receives Analog broadcast only, have two choices: Upgrade to a new TV or buy a digital-to-analog converter boxes. These converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each for which the goverment is offering coupons to lessen the cost for TV owners.
For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program, visit https://www.dtv2009.gov, or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).
If your choice is to upgrade to a new TV what do you do with the old one? Unfortunately most people's choice is to leave them for the garbage to live the rest of it's life in a landfill. There are always better alternatives.
My favorite place to figure out what to do with stuff I no longer want/need is earth911.org. You simply type in what you have such as TV and where you live and it gives you options of where to recyle anything. Sometimes you may have to drive a tiny distance to recycle unwanted items but its worth it so it doesn't end up on landfill!
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