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"Can you still get signals from an antenna? (if so how many channels?) "
Both analog TV and HDTV are *broadcast* television and can be received with an antenna. I call "cable" cable, because it isn't broadcast television.
Anyone buying a TV now should be aware that in Feb. 2009, analog TV as we know it will end. It all goes off the air and only HDTV will be broadcast.
IIRC New sets manufactured since last(?) month must all be able to receive HDTV now, there has been a phase-in requirement based on size, and some older analog-only stuff will be in the pipeline still, so be careful about what you buy and what it can do.
In theory there will be lots of converter boxes, priced around $50, to convert the new HDTV broadcasts down so our many old analog TV's don't have to be thrown out. But if you are buying something NOW...might as well look for something with both HD and analog tuners built into it, so there's one less box to screw around with. (And most of the guys in most of the stores, are clueless about these differences.)
"HD capable" "HD ready"...There are lots of buzzwords, most of them mean "you'll need to buy an HD tuner", caveat emptor.