You may recall how, despite the imminent shift to digital TV, many stores aren't carrying low-cost digital TV converters . Well, if you're among those


Low-Cost Digital TV Converters Available Friday

You may recall how, despite the imminent shift to digital TV, many stores aren't carrying low-cost digital TV converters. Well, if you're among those in possession of a government coupon for a converter, Friday's your chance to get hooked up. Local group Reclaim the Media is teaming up with several other local groups and the Dish Network to distribute converters and provide assistance with the transition to digital TV.

Press Release with details on where to get the converters after the jump:

Digital Converter "Box Swap"

Seattle area residents to exchange DTV coupons for a no-cost box

Seattle--One week from the day the nation will turn off analog TV for the last time, Seattle residents will get a chance to swap their government-issued coupons for a shiny new DTV converter box - and get hands-on instruction in setting it up and tuning in digital channels.

On Friday, June 5, from 1pm to 7pm, Seattle DTV Assistance Centers Reclaim the Media, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the Leadership Academy and several local organizations are hosting a "DTV Box Swap" at Seattle Housing Authority's New Holly Community Center in Rainier Valley. Representatives of Dish Network will be on hand to exchange DTV converter boxes for coupons; the boxes are free with a valid $40 coupon distributed by the federal government. In addition to the box swap, volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate converter box and antenna setup, and to answer questions about the DTV transition.

"The road to the digital TV transition has been bumpiest for low-income folks, seniors, immigrants and people with disabilities," said Reclaim the Media director Jonathan Lawson. "The cost of boxes has been one challenge for many people. Free TV ought to be just that - free. That's why we're glad to partner with Dish Network to offer this opportunity for a cashless box swap."

What: DTV Converter Box Swap

Who: The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR-EF), Reclaim the Media, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center/Youth Media Institute, The Leadership Academy, Dish Network, The ARC of King County, Thee Way Out

When: Friday, June 5, 2009 - from 1 to 7 p.m.

Where: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7050 32nd Ave S. (at Myrtle), Seattle 98118

Seattle DTV Assistance Centers will remain open past the June 12 transition date:

For local telephone assistance, call 206.508.1277 (English), 206.988.3760 (Español), 800.582.4259 (Korean), 800 582.4218 (Chinese) or 800. 582.4336 (Vietnamese).

Local drop-in centers:

  • Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry St. (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW. (M-F 9am-9pm)
  • Leadership Academy, 425 SW 144th St, Burien. (en español; Mon/Weds 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-9pm, workshops Thurs 10am-2pm, Sat. 6pm-8pm)
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