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This maybe isn’t  the best place to ask about this but I think here is someone that could help.
My brother in-law has a TV decoder that a friend gave to him, he wants to know if it works fine or not, I mean if he could use it to receive Cable TV or not. In the back of the decoder there are two antenna inputs one is labeled as “off air antenna” and the other like “MMDS Antenna”, I suppose MMDS is different from typical UHF antenna.
Is there a way to receive cable signal with this hardware?
Where can we get an MMDS antenna? Is it possible to build one?

Thanks on advance
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The regular over the air antenna input should work, as long as the signal is not scrambled.  I successfully used a Hauppauge PVR250 card with my cable.  If the signal requires a decoder box, no PC tuner is going to be able to unscramble it without special hardware.
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I've tried with an internal antenna, I'll try again using an external one.
Are Cable provider able to lock the signal for an encoder in particular?
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Yes, they can lock it for their system and make you get one of their boxes.
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