UPDATE, 1/24: Added the how-to video from the OC Register below…
I’ve heard from many readers complaining that their government-issued TV converter box coupon expired (C’mon people! Coupons expire). But, surprisingly, I’ve had few questions on how to install the actual converter box.
Still, I’d like to highlight the Zenith’s new Web site at www.zenith.com/dtv. The site offers all sorts of how-to videos for its digital converter boxes. A bit surprising is that Zenith didn’t offer this service before since the company has sold 2 million converter boxes this year — at a coupon-redemption rate of 50,000 per day. Zenith also offers a toll-free help line: 1-877-9ZENITH.
But Zenith isn’t alone. Other converter box makers have their own set of handy instructions and dedicated sites to help consumers:
Dish Network: Sells the DTV Pal converter box and its cheaper TR-40 CRA box for $40 (or free with coupon). Offers more info on the DTV transition and set-up videos of both devices.
GE: Special site at www.jascoproducts.com/hdtv has videos of the digital TV conversion but oddly, doesn’t show how to install its own funky converter box. Does offer a brief paragraph on how-to install, adding that it’s “easy 1-2-3.”
UPDATE, 1/24/09: Register videographer stopped by the Costa Mesa Best Buy to get a demo of how to set up a converter box. Check it out: