An (Almost) Free Tuner for New Digital TV Broadcasts

Dish renames its popular DTVPal and sells it for $40, the value of government coupons.

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Finally, a converter box for digital TV broadcasts that's actually free (if you have a $40 government coupon). And it's one of the best tuners out there, a relabeled DTVPal from Dish Networks.

The DTVPal includes the most cablelike programming guide among five converters I tried, and has other features including an events timer for helping with VCR recording. The satellite TV company had promised a $40 tuner, but originally released the DTVPal for $60. Now, for a limited time, the company has relabeled it as the "TR-40 CRA" and is selling it for $40, plus $9 shipping from the company's site.


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