Do you need a converter box with a digital antenna?
If it has an ATSC digital tuner, an external converter box will not be needed. If the TV shows an NTSC analog tuner only, then a converter box will be needed.
Can I use a digital converter box as an antenna?
Yes. You are going to need a broadcast TV antenna to use a converter box. There are many indoor antennas that you can choose from, but first, you need to make sure you can get a signal where you live.
How many channels can you get with a converter box?
An adapter from the cable provider was needed even for digital TVs if the company scrambled its digital signals to prevent piracy. A digital transport adapter will allow viewing of basic channels, often as many as 99, but not premium channels. It will also not allow video on demand or pay-per-view.
Can you get cable channels with a converter box?
The new TV converter boxes are an ideal way to get a lot of channels for not a lot of money. You will not have as many channels as with cable, but the TV converter boxes allow broadcasting networks in your area to include sub-channels that may run the news, weather or additional programing.