Hello all, I posted this previously on another site, but wanted to clarify it a bit more. My father in law lives in Beirut and when he was in the States visiting he really liked our TiVo. Well, I have an old Series 2 in the basement and I was thinking about giving him that to use when I visit Lebanon. Problem is, he does not have an Internet connection and I don't know how the monthly service would check-in. If I purchase a lifetime before I send it there, does it still need to "check-in"? Anyway, I think he really only wants to be able to pause and rewind live TV. There really isn't a guide so scheduling recordings wouldn't be necessary (which I understand you can't do that without a subscription anyway). Does "scheduled recordings" also include pushing Record on the show he's currently watching? In this situation, would he be able to enjoy the Series 2? Can anyone recommend another simple DVR device I can give him? Thank you.