I am very sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, but this is a tough one to nail down. My cable company is telling me that I MUST rent their digital cable box. I have a box (same as the cable companies) that a friend of mine is no longer using and would I like to use that. The cable company will NOT let me. They say that they can't turn on my service until a person comes out here and sets up their box and charges me for it. I thought that as long as I only watched the programming that I paid for I could use any box I cared to. Isn't it to prevent a monopoly? BTW my box is NOT a descrambler, that's stealing. Thanks in advance.