Here is what it ultimately boils down to:
1) The User Agreement from DirecTV states that you will have a phone line connected all the time to the unit.
2) A phone line is "required" if you are using the "mirroring" services on a Nth box, and it has to be the SAME phone line/number as the core unit
3) A phone line is "required" if you have any of the extended sports packages
Unless you have the RV package, or have made some other arrangements with DirecTV directly... then they "could" terminate your service at any time.
So installing in a garage, remote bedroom or what ever, don't be "stunded" and "ticked-off" if DirecTv disables those units...
The $4.99 mirorring/lease fee is fantastic and what enables most people to have more then one receiver in the house.
But until there is another brakethrough in technology for SATs.... From a cost point of view, the SAT communication is a one way thing. So DirecTV has to have a method to ensure that you haven't "added" a box at your neighboors house (for $5 more a month)... so hence the phone lines.
They are VoIP compatible for the DirecTV call....
I understand that some people have gone "landless" with their phones. But you are by far in the minority, when compared to the rest of the subscriber base.
Will there be a time they go "broadband"... probably...
But for now.... that is the way it is.
And I hope you all understand how this discussion "could" go down the wrong path. And here at DBSTalk, that is one of the things we try to avoid... ANY
type of discussion that teeters of theft of service...
So....... as I step of the soap box, and turning off the mic....
"end of line"