Sorry I have searched the forums and I have not found a specific answer to my question. I already have 2 cable boxes and I don't really want any more. I bought a 720p projector for my basement for movies. I would also like to occasionally watch a tv show on it. My question is if I buy a tivo (3rd party off of Amazon or Craigslist) can I use it as a high def TV tuner WITHOUT a subscription or a cable card? I DO NOT care about recording anything, seeing the guide or getting on demand channels etc. I just want to watch live sporting events (ESPN & the Duce, Fox, ABC) maybe 6-10 times a year and it is not worth $18 a month for the privilege. I obviously can not hook a coaxial straight to my projector, and I just want/need a HD tuner for it. Thank you. FWIW, I would LOVE to get TIVO subscription instead of the 2 DVR's I have now, but my cable company charges the same for a cable card as a HD DVR box. Trust me, I looked into it.