DTV assistance


I wrote last month about an initiative to provide assistance to low-income people for converting their analog TVs to ones capable of receiving digital transmission signals. At the time, the people putting the effort together, could not say where in the Twin Cities (One of seven cities in the country targeted) such people could get help.

Now they have:

Lao Assistance Center

503 Irving Avenue North, Suite 100A

Minneapolis, MN 55405

(612) 374-4967

Main Street Project

2104 Stevens Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55405

(612) 879-7578

The official opening is tomorrow afternoon. It’s a bit of a pity a center couldn’t have been opened in St. Paul.

Coincidentally, I got my “coupons” for discounts on converter boxes yesterday. They’re not really coupons at all, actually. They’re ATM style cards. Initially, I ordered the cards because I’ve been thinking about getting rid of Dish Network and going back to the old days of sticking an antenna on the roof, and pocketing the cash I’d save.

Instead, however, I’m going to donate them to people who need help and for whom TV is important.

  • Paul

    Don’t give up on the roof antenna, that’s what I’ve got and it works well. We got screwed on VCR front though. The networks and other finally got managed to find a way to shut down VCRs. No worries, I’m converting an old PC into a DVR.

  • warondrama


    I think that is very thoughtful of you to donate your coupons. As we all know, prices on everything have gone up. Families have to stick to cheap entertainment. I realize that once upon a time before all the electronics, we were quite capable of entertaining ourselves with a deck of cards and other like games.

    Maybe its time to turn off the tv? Say it isn’t so!