I don't think anyone has broached this subject. Most of the country uses cable vs OTA. The biggest cable company, AT&T, has no interest in HDTV. Where HD is supported on cable I think you need a cable company 'box'.
In the future will that box connect to my tv with a firewire connection, leaving me high and dry with my present tv?
I am presuming that cable boxes that support cable via QAM have component outputs so I can at least watch the show, but component outputs mean I can somehow make copies.
Please enlighten me.