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you cannot buy your own cable box to use with any provider it has to be rented. Anything you see for sale on line is stolen and will not be activated by comcast.
Its not comcasts fault as you say, no providers let you buy your own box. Google tv, is a box that lets you add interactive services to you tv, its not a cable box. The only one can buy and have activated is a Tivo. that requires a large up front payment and monthly payments to tivo unless you pay it all up front. if you were to go that route you would still need to get cable cards from comcast and rent those.
if you just looking for an add on product like a google tv, or a roku player or apple tv, those let you access things like netflix and hulu plus all you need to those is an internet connection, those also require monthly fees.
This is the exact reason why Moxi and TiVo and home theater PC's exist and are so popular. I know in Canada you can buy your own Cisco and/or Motorola set top boxes but we aren't in Canada last I checked which sucks.
You can't buy a "cable box" but you can buy a cablecard tuner and use your PC as a DVR with windows media center. Comcast provides a free cablecard and if you return all your equipment a small discount. I have the Silicondust HomerunHD Prime. It has three "tuners" so i can record and watch multiple shows. You should check it out. If you have multiple PCs or xbox's you basically have a whole room DVR already... and you don't have to pay $$ each month.
I was just told by a service representative that I could buy and use my own cable tv box. I'm having trouble trying to find out what compatible. It seems Motorola DCT700 are no longer available. Any suggestions?
All, some good answers at the link below, thanks!