EchoStar plans new HDTV converter boxes – Free after Coupon!

January 8, 2008 by  
Filed under HDTV Tuners, The Big Switch

According to their press release, EchoStar plans new HD digital TV converter boxes that would sell for $39.99. Using the free $40 off coupons offered through the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, these set-top-box tuners would be free (except any sale tax). This should help the poor and the elderly with The Big Switch.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan 7, 2008 — EchoStar Holding Corporation today announced its plans to offer two new digital-to-analog converter boxes. The boxes will be distributed in anticipation of the Federal Communications Commission’s requirement that all full-power broadcasters cease the transmission of their analog signal by Feb. 17, 2009.

EchoStar’s TR-40 over-the-air, digital-to-analog converter allows analog TVs to receive digital over-the-air broadcasts and comes with an onscreen setup wizard for easy installation. Other features include up to a seven-day electronic programming guide (EPG), program search, parental locks and VCR auto-tune timers. The box will be sold under both the EchoStar and Sling Media, Inc. brand names for $39.99 at retail, and can be purchased via the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program. The program provides U.S. households with up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes, which includes the TR-40. Visit for more details. …

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