If I Have Cable Do I Need A Converter Box?
TVs connected to cable, satellite, or other pay services do not require a TV converter box from this program to receive programs after February 17, 2009. Check with your cable or satellite provider to determine how they will support your analog set after February 17, 2009. Time Warner, Comcast and Direct TV Cable are already broadcasting digital programming.
The cable companies have agreed to continue to furnish analog versions of the locally available over the air digital TV until 2012, or to furnish converter boxes. What they choose to do regarding any other analog TV they presently have, is up to them.
If you have an analog set you will need a converter box. If you have a digital television set or HDTV you wonâ€™t since the TV's themselves already receive digital signals.