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Pretty much Tivo or renting from Verizon are the only current solutions.
For a TV that doesn't need any thing but the Locals, you may be able to get away without any boxes. It does need to support DIGITAL Cable signals. And a few TV's (and internet boxes including some blu-ray players) support a verizon app that can get about 70 channels (assuming you are subcribed to those channels). I have one Samsung Tv hooked up that supports the app and Digital cable signals and so can get many of the programs without a STB.
The only incentive to buy TIVO boxes is if you prefer them and want to not pay Verizon the full rental price(still must rent the cablecard). There were some other companies making boxes, but they are gone. Some PC cards also exist
If you have an iPad, you can use it as a cable box by attaching it to your TV. You can purchase the HDMI transition cables on amazon for $10. Just download the FIOS app from the Apple Store. The only problem is if you use your iPad a lot you will have to keep disconnecting it from your TV.