I am not sure how to phrase this ?, but I like would to know if it is possible to use the TiVo in 2 situations besides the regular connected via phone with paid subscription to both Tivo and Directv. One situation would be if the subscriptions were to lapse, could you still access your TiVo DVR saved programs and watch them with your remote on your TV? The 2nd situation would be not lapsed, but instead we could change to vacation mode and keep the subscriptions ongoing and connected to another phone # in a different state....here is the question..... could someone use the original Home TiVo unit and access via the remote control to watch the saved TiVo programs ? I hope this makes sense. thanks.