I refuse use version 9 . So I can't help.
When it no longer works I guess fentao will have got rid of an old customer
with a lifetime subscription.
Fortunately for me I have the main competitons lifetime software.
So far it doen't need to phone home .
It does need internet for bluray but I'm not doing bluray.
Not exactly what I(everyone ) purchased originally.
You can't use the program on a not connected computer so fengtao can check every time if your a thief. The check is not to make the program work better.
Even the bluray being done on the internet by both is for the companies convenience not the customers.
IMO both of these companies & any other software company doing this need to shape back up & have the customer connect only when they want to.