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Re: [iO] Plain box for cablecard?
You could purchase a cablecard-ready TV. The boxes I've seen that use cablecard are DVR boxes so they would have monthly fees from the carrier on top of the upfront cost. I do not know if there are non-DVR boxes, or how long you might have to pay a subscription with a box like TiVO before you could cancel (and lose the DVR functionality), if that is even required in the first place.
You will lose on-demand & interactive access, such as the 600 channel century on a cable-card device.
If anyone knows of a company making cable-ready TVs these days, please let me know. They're working on something that will allow two-way communication between customer and cable company and I think manufacturers are waiting to see what the standard will be.
CableCARD-equipped TVs are no more as far as I know. As previously stated the only CableCARD devices on the market are DVR-related, with the only ones not requiring a subscription being the PC-based ones (e.g., Windows 7/Windows Media Center products like SiliconDust's HDHomeRun Prime and Ceton's InfiniTV 4).
For PC-based solutions you'd need to collocate the PC by the TV and connect via HDMI or use a Windows Media Center extender (although there are not many WMC extenders on the market, with Ceton's "Echo" being the only new product to enter the market in quite some time - not until sometime in 4Q2012, however)