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Ethernet & Phone Line on DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Santi360HD, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    Im starting this thread because some of the other forums i saw on this topic are old or outdated, was wondering if anyone could help me with the following questions for current day inquiry...with a telephone line and the ethernet connection.

    Is a phone line still needed to pull down guide data? Can the ethernet pull down guide data? Now that the ethernet has side apps. Some of the older posts show their age in which the right direction button didnt used to pull side applications as it didnt exist :)

    2nd question

    for PPV's can your ethernet connection sub for a phone line, since it was always imperative that a phone line be plugged in for PPV orderings. Can the ethernet port relay info so you can order PPV's or is the phone line the only way to go here ?

    thank you:)
  2. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    :) marking this forum so it comes up on my recent
  3. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    The guide data doesn't come from a phone line, it comes from the SAT feed. It's always been that way. So, you don't need a phone line (or ethernet) to get guide data.

    The box will report PPV purchases over the internet, so the only reason to have both ethernet (with internet) and a phone line is to get Caller ID on your TV.
  4. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    This is great news!! I had my phone line split and ran a long cord for the phone line to the box..but my PC is closer to D*'s reciever so an ethernet cable is easier for me to do.. This weekend i will re-coil that moster phone line I had hooked up to it and retire it!! thanks!!
  5. tkrandall

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    DirecTV still needs to update their TOS language to reflect that a phone line is not required for PPV.

    "Blackout restrictions apply to sports programming. To receive sports programming and to order pay per view by remote, a DIRECTV subscription is required (except stand-alone NFL SUNDAY TICKET renewals) and all DIRECTV Receivers must be continuously connected to the same land-based phone line."

    I see they have finally updated the equipment lease addendum to no longer require land based phone line. http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/legal/equipment_lease_addendum

    Other references to mirroring fees and same phone line are finally no longer to be found.
  6. azarby

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    If you have Century Link as your phone provider and do the combined billing thing, Century Link will send your CID info over the internet and the DTV /CL app will allow it to appear on screen:)
  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    It's a Litmus Test for me when I'm dealing with a problem and I get a CSR asking me if I have a phone line connected to the receiver. It's strange, but it is always at that point that I accidentally get disconnected.
  8. gomezma1

    gomezma1 Godfather

    Mar 28, 2006
    So I would not need a phone line connected to a Dishnetwork reciever like they insist? I'm thinking of jumping ship in Feb. I don't want the phone line running all over the place since I don't have one any where near the D box I have now. Is there any other options to get a line hooked up to it?
  9. cabletech

    cabletech Legend

    Jan 20, 2011
    WAIT WAIT WAIT It sounds like you are now asking about connecting a DISHNET system. Is this correct?

    DTV does not need a phone line EXCEPT for caller ID. Depending on how you set the system up, you can do every thing EXCEPT caller ID thru the internet.

    AS far as DISHNET, I belive that they due require a phone line and NO internet ablity.
  10. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    yeah my title and grouping within the boards is clearly for D* not E*
  11. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I think he was mistaking gomezma1 with you.
  12. JackDW001

    JackDW001 Cool Member

    Oct 2, 2009
    Just for clarification, can a person get D* without either a land line or ethernet?

    This is for a second house I work out of. It has no land line (I just use a cell phone) and my internet is through a 4G/3G network. No ethernet or cable lines.

    I do not care about PPV. In the past, I think this gave the company heartburn and they wanted to give a person a hard time. Has that now been resolved?

  13. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    The only reason you need a Phone Line is to report PPV Charges which are downloaded via the Phone Line for Billing Purposes or for CallerID Viewing on your TV.

    However, they now have another Option which is Internet Connection via Ethernet Cable to your Router.

    Whether they would let you connect without either of these is probably based upon the CSR you speak to but I would just say you have a Phone Line Connected and be done with it.

    It is not like the CSR is going to check to see if your phone line is connected.

    However, if you do watch PPV without a Phone Line or Ethernet Connection when you reach a Certain $ Limit you will be Suspended until the PPV Account Balance is Paid In Full!!! :)

    And Don't Ask How I Know!!! :lol:
  14. cabletech

    cabletech Legend

    Jan 20, 2011
    The phone line is also for the caller ID option ans yes you can use a reciever WITHOUT either one connected. You just will not be able to do on screen PPV for PPV you will need to go on line into your account and order that way.

    I do this in the summer in my rv with out a problem.
  15. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yes, I forgot to include CallerID in my Post.

    Also, I am buying a 2007 Country Coach Affinity in about 3 weeks and I am looking forward to seeing the U. S. of A. It has an In Motion Directv Dish for SD and a Motosat for Directv HD when you get to your Location.

    Cool Beans!!! Can't wait to buy it and start out on a trip!!! :D
  16. BobStokesbary

    BobStokesbary Legend

    Oct 24, 2010
    Just before you go and jam an Ethernet cable in the back of your receiver, please let us know your setup. Since you have HD in your name, I guessing you have HD receivers. Do you have MRV? If so, we need to discuss the Ethernet solution further.

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