If you’re looking to avoid tech support duty as we approach the broadcast digital TV transition day (now June 12th), there’s some good news out of the FCC. The agency has agreements in place with several contractors to provide free converter box installations. Oddly, I discovered this from the Consuming Interests blog out of Baltimore, but the free service looks to be available in a number of areas nationwide. Plug in your zip code at the DTV.gov site and you’ll get a list of contractors in your area. Some only offer phone support or walk-in clinics, but some actually promise free in-home installation.
Although DTV transition tests have gone well so far, I’m in favor of installation help that goes beyond relying on local volunteer firemen. Hopefully by now folks have also sorted out their converter box coupon issues. The final countdown (really this time) is upon us.