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Buy my own DVR box to use with cable? Is this allowed?

16 years ago

We've had a new DVR (from the cable company, $11.00 per month) in our home for 2 weeks now and we just love it. It is on the main TV in our living room. We are quickly realizing that we would like boxes on our other 2 TVs.

Is it illegal for us to buy our own boxes and use them on the other TVs? I see them out on Ebay. Would they require any special setup or would they work fine since we have the service coming into the house already? I guess I'm a bit confused. Am I paying the monthly fee for the rental of the box or for the service itself?