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Release: Commerce’s NTIA Announces Consumer
Alert About Microprose Converters
Contact: Todd Sedmak, (202) 482-7002
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, today issued the following consumer alert about the Microprose MPI-500 and MPI-500PT digital-to-analog converter boxes. Statements about the models were made in a May 20 press release by the Community Broadcasters Association and Microprose Systems LLC. NTIA is discussing the announcement with these organizations.
The TV Converter Box Coupon Program has certified only one product under the brand name “Microprose.” The certified MPI-500 model does not have the analog pass-through feature. The MPI-500PT model has not been certified by the Program as coupon-eligible.
Participating retailers and certified converters are listed on www.dtv2009.gov. Converters listed with an asterisk means the manufacturer has indicated that these models are capable of passing analog and digital signals through to the TV set.
Because many translators and low-power stations will convert to digital after February 17, 2009, consumers may want to consider applying for TV converter box coupons now. To watch analog translators and low-power television after February 17, 2009, consumers should review the following options and determine which is best for their household:
For more information about low-power television and the analog pass-through feature, go online to www.dtv2009.gov/lowpower.
The transition will offer consumers a clearer picture, more programming choices and free up the airwaves for better communications among emergency first responders and new telecommunications services.
By February 17, 2009, consumers need to look at each analog television set in their home that is not connected to cable, satellite, or other pay television service and make a decision:
Some viewers watch programs over translators or other
low-power stations which may continue broadcasting analog
signals after February 17, 2009. Those viewers
may wish to select a converter box that will pass through
NTIA will provide consumers a list of eligible converters
and participating retailers when coupons are mailed.
Coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed, and only
one coupon can be used to purchase each coupon-eligible