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With about two months to go before full-power TV broadcasters make the transition to digital on February 17, roughly 76 percent of households that rely on over-the-air video signals have requested government-issued coupons that are good toward the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes.
So far, 22 million households (obviously a figure that includes many homes that have secondary sets not connected to a cable, satellite, or telco TV services) have requested more than 41 million coupons. Nearly 17 million coupons, each worth $40 toward converter box purchases, have been redeemed, the NTIA said.
Under fire from US broadcasters, Locast is appealing for funds to help it mount a legal defense, a move that was attempted eight years ago by Ivi Inc., an OTT-TV company that was sued out of existence.