Recently, DirecTV has not enforced the phone line policy because of the transition in personal telecommunications (a combination of more cellular use and VOIP - neither of which works with analog modem connections). But it is still policy.
DirecTV had nothing to do with the requirement for Tivo DVRs to call Tivo.
This is not true. If you are a contractor technician (at least in the northeast), you are REQUIRED to connect 35% of all IRDs activated on new installs to a phone line. If you do not meet this requirement:
1. you will be charged back $2 for EVERY work order completed during the measurement period. Every service, upgrade, movers, and install work order.
2. you will not be routed new install work orders, as the supervisors bonuses are tied to these numbers
3. eventually you will not receive any work whatsoever.
Years ago, the requirement was 65%, and if you did not meet that metric you would be charged back $5 per box for every box you activated on new installs for the month. That really added up. No wiggle room either. 64%? Too bad, you're getting charged back $500 for the 100 boxes you installed last month.
So in summary, D* has RELAXED the phone line requirement, but has certainly not ELIMINATED it.
SBCA Level 3 Installer. 7,000 dishes installed and counting.