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EchoStar offering "free" digital TV converters

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 9th 2008 10:00AM
Dish NetworkEchostar, the company behind the Dish Network and the Slingbox, is offering digital TV converters for $39.99. With the $40 coupon the government is offering for those with older sets that still use rabbit ears, the converters would end up being free.

Originally, the converter boxes were going to be offered between $50 and $70. Echostar is offering the converters at a discount in the interest of obtaining new customers and spreading their brand name.

Obviously, it's a good idea. I can't think of a single person who would pay $50 for something they could get for $40. It is a free-market situation that would warm the heart of most libertarians.

Of course, it's not like Echostar is offering this out of the kindness of their heart. If they slap a "Dish Network" sticker on each unit, that's a lot of publicity.

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March 28 2008 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just hope that this model makes it to market before my coupon expires

March 18 2008 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This a great idea. I need two of these convertors for my household. I have other TVs.

January 30 2008 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thats great, I'll believe it when my coupon arrives in the mail.


January 09 2008 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Waits

Smart that D* lowered their price...

But, the government handing out vouchers for $40 is about the furthest thing imaginable from libertarianism or a free market!

January 09 2008 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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