Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??
Indeed, no TV on the American market today, AFAIK, can handle any of the channels as they stand now. First, all the channels are digital (analog channels are being turned off), so the analog tuner is useless. Second, ALL the channels are encrypted (including the local stations due to the fact the satellite companies have to do it because of their transmission limitations). And since DCAS was left dead on the vine years ago, the TV and cable company can't talk to each other. Thus, you have to either get a box (not necessarily a cable box, an Android box will work if there's an app for it), attach a computer to the TV to use the web app, or in some cases use a smart TV app.
This is why what I want to see from the FCC is a push to standardize digital television no matter the source (cable, fiber, satellite, whatever) AND include two-way communication in the standard (needed for video on demand).