I remember several people in my family being really upset about having to buy digital television receivers when the switch was made back in 2009. They felt they were being forced to spend money on something they had no control over, and many of them could barely afford to scrape by on their small incomes, anyway.
So, they took advantage of the NTIA’s coupon program. This agency allowed every household to get as many as two coupons for digital converters, and these were worth $40 a piece. Considering that the boxes cost $50 to $60 each, these coupons nearly paid for them.