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Millions of people still need help to make the transition

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With less than three months left until the big digital TV transition, millions of people still need help to make the switch on June 12th.

The government moved the deadline from February to June because they ran out of coupons.

Recently the National Telecommunications and Information Administration which administers the government-sponsored coupon program announced it had received funding to quickly draw down the coupon waiting list.

But some stores that sell the converter boxes say you don't have to wait for the $40 coupon to go ahead and make a purchase.

"If you come in and buy those converter boxes early we will refund the difference, you can come back into the store and we'll then give you the difference once the coupons come in," said Kimberly Cutley, Asst. Manager Radio Shack.

A recent Nielsen report shows 4.5 million U.S. households would be unable to receive television programming if the transition were to occur right now.

WALB-TV will continue to broadcast both analog and digital signals until the transition.

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