I can't seem to find a clear answer anywhere, and calling tivo twice gave me two answers, and neither person sounded sure. Using a Premier on comcast cable, do I "NEED" a cablecard if the only channels I care about are in the clear (i.e. if I hook the cable straight to my tv, without any boxes, tuners, converters, cards, etc. I can see all the channels I want). The only answer I've heard, and even that seemed unsure, is that the cable card was needed for the channels to map correctly, but even that person seemed unsure, and they admitted they didn't know for 100%. As a side question, I know comcast will give the first cable-card for free, but is that still true on the low end must carry package ($19/month)? I'm currently running a S2 but comcast is removing the last of the analog channels in June, so going forward it looks like the only option is to upgrade to a premier, so I don't yet have a premier to test with.