reply to pnh102
said by pnh102:Where I live there is no longer cable TV (except a few unencrypted QAM channels) without a box or DTA. Comcast includes one standard box (not a DVR) in the monthly subscription charge. They allow people to use their own cable modem (if it's on the approved list) for internet service but those who choose their digital phone service must rent a Comcast EMTA. The trend is toward more rented boxes or no service.
I'm no fan of the cable companies but if you really don't want to pay the box rental fee, then don't get service that requires a box.