When i first purchased my Tivo unit, I thought what would happen should I wish to not purchase the subsciption? I read up on the information available and spoke with the salesperson. I found that the unit would still record and operate properly but would not have the guide and season pass features available. Well, a few months ago my Tivo's modem broke and I've had to manually connect to the service ever since. Being that it is difficult to do, I often do not update until the program data is no longer available. I had not updated the unit for three weeks, when i noticed that the unit would no longer allow me to change the channels and other features that were once available before were now disabled. Guess what after I updated the unit, all features were working again. I had allowed the unit to go longer in the past without connecting without problems. I did notice that since then an update to the software had occurred. Did Tivo sneak in some code to discourage people from not subscribing? Why is this allowed to happen? I paid a lot of money for the unit and if i choose not purchase a subscription, Tivo can disable my unit from working properly? What do you think?