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I got the DirecTV w/ UltimateTV system from Circuit City (includes a prof. installation).


I called to schedule the installation and they told me it requires a phone line. I told them I was informed that it did not require one and told them to come install it anyway.


Can anyone confirm that an UltimateTV does NOT require a phone line for SETUP? People on other forums have told me that a phone line is not required to operate the unit, but what about during the initial setup? I know you have to call an 800 number to activate DirecTV, but I can use my mobile phone for that.


Thanks for any help,

Ken
 

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It was my understanding the DirecTV requires a phone because it calls home every once in a while. You need a phone if you have more than one box because they will deactivate it if you don't allow them both to call from the same phone number.
 

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The first thing my UTV did was dial out to MSNTV to check for a software upgrade, so one may indeed be required at first. When I upgraded the HD in it, there was a lengthy phone call then as well.


But as for normal daily usage, no phone line is required. If it doesn't call DirecTV once a month or so, you will lose your regional sports network and won't be able to order PPV from the remote.
 

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I recently activated a new Sony W60 and I thought that I had the phone line plugged in and I didn't, they still activated it.
 

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Hi Guys,


Just do a search for phone line here. You will find MANY posts regarding this, but the correct answer is:


NO, a phone line is NOT REQUIRED!

(only needed to get PPV's convieniently)


-PGPfan
 

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I have 2 RCA UltimateTVs, and a standard Sony box. None of them have ever been connected to a phone line. And no problems so far.


I believe that a phone line is only necessary to report back to the Mother Ship when you ordered a PPV. That's all.
 

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Hi Guys,


Just do a search for phone line here. You will find MANY posts regarding this, but the correct answer is:


NO, a phone line is NOT REQUIRED!

(only needed to get PPV's convieniently)


-PGPfan


Just did a search for phone line and produced 1 result...this thread :p


Anyway...you all answered my questions.


Thanks,

Ken
 

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Baronken-


Strange that it only turned up this thread.


I've been on this forum for a year or so and seen this very same question asked and answered many times. Perhaps it was in a 'newbie question' thread or something. Anyhow, I'm glad to see that your questions have been answered.


-PGPfan
 

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When I got my UTV box, I didn't plug it into a phone line because the nearest phone outlook is about 25 feet away and I would have to drag a 25' phone card down the hallway. But I could still plug it in when I needed a phone line to upgrade my hard drive.


After upgrading my hard drive, I thought I'd check out ordering a PPV movie. Even though the phone line is plugged in, the Order button on UTV is grayed out and there is a message indicating some extension at DirecTV I need to call.


So if you don't have a phone plugged in all the time, it's not like you can plug in a phone when you feel like ordering a pay-per-view movie.
 

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I don't have a land-line phone, just a mobile phone. I found on the DirectTV website that they charge a $5 surcharge if you order PPV using a phone (instead of the remote). Searching further, I found that you can also order PPV using the program guide on their website with no surcharge.

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/see/PPVLanding.jsp


Since I DO have a cable modem, this presents no problem (well, maybe a minor one in that I have to run downstairs to my computer and access the web :rolleyes: ).
 

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You know, baronken, you can access the web from the UTV! Oh, da#n, you need a phone line for that! hahahha
 
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