I have had Directv for many years without having it hooked to a landline. You can order pay per view stuff over the net without a phone line. If you get the FoxSports ($12) package, you should get the Reds games. I did when I lived in Tennessee. Last summer, I moved ten miles across the Georgia line and no longer get them. We just got the regular HD reciever ($100), not the HD DVR ($200).