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October 27, 2008

The Big Switch

If you use rabbit ears or an antenna to get television reception in your household, you will need to upgrade via a converter box or a pay tv service, like cable or satellite, by January 15th, 2009.  You might have seen or heard about the "Big Switch", and now is the time to be active on this issue.  It might be the kitchen tv, it might be the one in the bedroom, but any tv that is not digital or not hooked up to satellite or cable will simply not work beginning mid-day on January 15th.

The federal government is offering up to two $40 coupons per household to be used toward the purchase of a converter box. all you need to do is go on-line to  and place your order.  It takes about three-minutes on-line to request the coupons.  But it will take at least a month for the coupons to get to your house, and this "Big Switch" is less than three-months away.

Retailers throughout Hawaii have the necessary converter boxes if you choose to go this route, but don't wait until the last minute and find out that it's too late to get discount coupons.  When the switch to digital occurs, if you are not prepared, you will see nothing on your tv screen.  If you are already a cable or satellite subscriber, you are already good to go.  For the rest of you, now is the time to act, because you don't want to be turned off on January 15th.  Think about it...

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