Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung joined the ranks of manufacturers announcing plans to market digital-to-analog TV converters that will qualify for $40 coupons under rules adopted by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration this week.
“Currently, Samsung’s DTB-H260F high definition terrestrial receiver gives consumers excellent quality over-the-air TV reception in a set top box for digital displays,” said John Godfrey, Samsung Information Systems America government and public affairs VP. “We plan on following this with a digital-to-analog converter set top box in time for the start of NTIA’s coupon program in 2008, so consumers can not only continue to receive free over-the-air TV after the transition, but also enjoy improved, crystal-clear pictures.”
“These rules will provide much-needed certainty as consumers prepare for the end of the nation’s transition from analog to digital TV broadcasting on Feb. 17, 2009, when all analog broadcasts will cease,” according to a company statement.
Additional information on the NTIA coupon program is available at: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/press/2007/DTVfinalrule_031207.htm