Desert Hawk and Kelson: Thanks for the input. I said so many things that I didn't complete the idea of the CECBs. I know they are only for OTA which works great with my ATSC Toshiba Recorders' tuners and when Cox Cable here goes all digital, I will split my antenna to those boxes for the recorders with no ATSC tuner and my antenna will also go to the Toshibas with the ATSC tuner to cut down on the number of cable STBs and/or Tivo boxes needed for what I want to record. The majority of my recordings are available on the stations my Antenna picks up...so that helps. Won't know just how well all will work out until it is time to do it.
I do recordings of the national networks (ABC, etc..) and a couple of our local stations have some good series. So I figure I can basically record easily any of those with the number of ATSC tuners I have available so that recording sessions will be almost what I have now available. My Antenna connection will be used for those stations.
But any actual cable only channels...that is where there is limited recording. I do like USA, FX, and a couple of others so there is where my STB comes in and the decision on how many I really need. I know there will always be one for watching all cable as I am sure what I get now is extended basic and those will be scrambled in the future when digital. And as long as stations like ESPN keep getting sports that used to only be on the big national networks, I will have some type of STB that can receive the digital cable signal. I remember someone on this forum mentioning they have digital cable and also their wife watched analog cable...not sure if that means both signals are sent in the future or not.
timtofly: I can understand what you are talking about. My Cox cable has been slowly moving analog cable stations to digital, like they took away the Hallmark Channel which was part of my analog package..Funny....even with channels disappearing into the digital signal area.....my monthly cable package still costs the same and still goes up every year.....imagine that!