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01.20.2009
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
NTIA statistics reveal status of DTV converter coupon program

As the nation enters the final month before the scheduled shutoff of analog transmitters at full-power TV stations, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released statistics about the government’s DTV converter box coupon program.

The statistics, released Jan. 15, show:

  • Households approved: 26,188,664
  • Coupons requested: 48,740,641
  • Coupons mailed: 44,602,601
  • Coupons expired: 13,723,563
  • Coupons redeemed: 19,844,275
  • Coupons on wait list: 2,146,455
  • Coupons active: 11,034,763
  • Total funds committed: $1.31 billion
  • Total funds available: $0
  • Funds settled: $757,499,659
  • Average daily orders: 122,940
  • Average daily orders last 30 days: 260,403
  • Average daily orders last week: 219,050
  • Redemption rate: 53 percent
  • Retailers/locations 2326 / 34,191
  • Phone/online retailers 11 / 36
  • Converters/pass-through 187 / 110


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