I thought you need a box if you don't have digital cable. Can anyone clear this up for me thanks.
If you have ANY cable, you don't need this box. The boxes are for digital reception of aerial signals. Analog cable will work as always after the drop-dead date.
However, on some cable systems the only thing that will still be analog will be the local channels on so-called lifeline basic, and extended basic will be digital. However the cable system should supply converter boxes, which will be different from the OTA boxes that are available now in stores. I guess that they'll charge extra for them.
So channels like TNT, USA, ESPN, Disney, Nick, CNN, etc won't be on regular analog cable?