My brother-in-law moved right across the street from me, and had no cable or internet( he had the basic 6 channels or whatever). He needed an update for his computer, so i took my cable modem over to his house and plugged it in and downloaded his update. I came back over to my house, and he calls me and tells me he has cable TV channels now!!! Its still working after 2 months. he has the same channel package i have. I guess my cable modem must have somehow unlocked the signal to be sent down his line because i am a customer with the cable company.. Strange shit. and btw, i still have my cable as well.