As of 2015, it is possible in most locations to connect to cable without a box. As cable companies make the move to digital service, consumers are finding it necessary to use a converter box, especially if they are still using analog television sets or want high-definition signals.
Television stations made the conversion from analog signals to digital ones over the air in 2009. However, most cable companies continued sending signals that analog sets can read. As these companies convert their signals to digital feed, the older sets and some cable-ready models require a converter to receive all the channels the company offers. These converter boxes are smaller than traditional cable converter boxes, and some companies offer them without charge.