Is There Any Way to Get Around DirecTV’s Stupid Phone Line Requirement for Their HDTV TiVo Units?
A thomashawk.com reader writes:
“I just moved into a new high rise building, WiLine installed a WIMAX phone system in the building that doesn’t allow my TIVO to dial out. That is, I can not successfully complete a connection to activate my unit. Have you encountered problems like this before? I am not confident that WiLine knows much about DirecTV and TIVO and I have two DirecTV HD TIVO units that I can’t activate because I can’t get them to connect via my phone line. I am starting to think I should have just gone with Comcast and SBC. (Just kidding)”
This is really frustrating to me. There is no reason at all that DirecTV needs to have this phone line requirement other than the fact that they want to sell you crap. In a world where many are choosing to forgo land lines in favor of cell phones, VOIP and Wi-Fi, why should someone be required to pay the phone company every month for no other reason than so that there TiVo can dial in to check in with the mother home ship DirecTV?
Requiring phone activation is stupid especially when it would be quite easy to enable ethernet access on these units and handle things that way.
Unfortunately I do not have a good answer to this question other than to wait for the Series 3 TiVo units to come out which should be able to use ethernet activation. Does anyone else have any suggestions or color on this issue? If you live around San Francisco there might be a beer in it for you.