Originally Posted by Polekat
would I be able to purchase a cable box and use it with Charter? Just curious if that can be done.
That option is just now becoming a reality -
Your options will depending largely on what you want.
If you want full functionality you'll need to dig and search for someone selling a Motorola DCH (providing your in a market they are in use) For now (and probably for the next year) OCAP applications aren't common so you are limited in choices for full (vod, ipv etc) functionality.
the next best thing would be a cableCARD device - right now the most common is TIVO's Series III or HD. The HD has less space, but should only need one multi-stream card in order to make it work. - For now it won't support VOD or SDV (in markets that have it) but SDV support should be in the works soon.
If you're using OTA signals or Clear QAM (channels that are not encrypted on the cable lines) then Walmart and other retailers are now selling boxes (and DVRs) that can decode digital signals - this won't work if you're wanting to do any sort of subscription package from a cable provider, but if your not, this may meet your needs on a budget
What you want to stay away from are the old DCT boxes (or Moxi boxes) any of the old cableboxes are now boat anchors - we are not allowed to add them into inventory due to the same FCC mandate the forced the move to the DCH boxes.
If it's a "cable box" and it's not able to use a cable card, it's pretty much useless if you want to use it with your cable line and get more than the local HDs.