Originally Posted by Socal.rissa
I have a TiVo premier and hooked up our cable to the ant in. We won't be getting a CableCard so I was wondering if a converter box would work with the Premier.
When you say cable, do you mean co-axial wire carrying the cable company's signal, or co-axial wire carrying signal from your own antenna?
On a Premiere, as on the Series 3 TiVos, you connect your own antenna (if you have one) to the antenna input and the cable company (if you have a cable subscription) to the cable input.
If by converter box you mean the things designed to pick up digital Over The Air broadcasts and turn them into something the older analog TVs can tune and display, the Premiere doesn't need one of those, it can tune in the digital OTA channels all by itself for free if you have a good enough antenna setup, and as far as I know if you have a cable company that still offers analog channels the Premiere can tune them (if you connect the cable company cable to the cable input), and since they aren't digital no cable card is needed.
If you have a cable from the cable company coming into the house, but are only paying them for internet service and not for television, then technically hooking the cable to the TiVo to get television channels from the cable company would constitute theft of service, which we don't generally talk about around here except to advise against it.
If someone in that particular situation were to hook their cable company cable to the cable input of the Premiere, whether they would get any channels at all would depend on what the cable company puts on the cable.
Most cable companies offering digital cable channels have them encrypted in a way that requires the Premiere to use a cable card specifically to prevent people getting the service without paying for it.