Be very careful. This is a cable box VCR that also has OTA capabilities. The box tends to lock up from time to time, which also affects any other mini you have connected to it. You have to reboot both boxes to get things corrected. That is the least of your worries. It does not matter it you use the box connected to a cable company, or simply take the content "Over The Air". You will pay the $149.00 yearly price. that is of course unless you want to buy their OTA box only for $200, then you only pay $69.00 a year. Doesn't matter if you downgrade your viewing from cable down to OTA, and are getting less content, you pay $149, and they won't pro-rate or refund the yearly amount either if you stop using it. Overall, so so box, and "Terrible" company. Or think about just getting the OTA only box.