I was just wondering how many channels I can get with a converter box? We were thinking about getting cable this summer but decided against it because we just don't get enough time to watch TV between all of my room mates. On regular TV we get about 8 channels.
If you don't watch that much TV, and are too busy doing stuff to mind having none altogether, you might want to skip getting a converter. This is true if you're in college - best to wait until you're settled down. Stick with the radio until then.
If you're not in college, and watch TV more than 8 hours a week, then you should go for a converter box. If not, you always can get some entertainment tidbits online.
Generally, you'll get the same channels, with minor variations (on the order of about 10%), but some of the channels might provide more than one signal. Here, one of our national network affiliates also has a sub-channel that presents old television series and movies.