Before you get too excited about doing all of this VT stuff, though, Sharon did make a rule to try to make people happy (didn't work for me). You have to get 50% of your points towards titles from real trials. So technically you can't earn all of your titles at home.
I do run him in occasional live trials, so that might actually work. Lack of slatless contacts is a bigger problem, though. There are two places we could go, but they wouldn't be all that convenient. VALOR might just be much simpler since we could use the equipment at the place where I train.
What is the point of earning titles at home? Who cares what your dog can do in training? I have oodles of video showing my home training sessions and it clearly shows that my dogs are amazing. Who cares, unless they can replicate that in a trial environment?
For one thing, I'm not trying to show anyone that Dean is amazing (I know that already - Agility trials or not. ) I am complementing our training by working toward goals. Those goals are the criteria that we need to meet to title. Whether that criteria includes a live audience or not actually doesn't matter in the least to me.
Personally, I find filming for video events to be quite different from training sessions, practice, or rehearsal. In a lot of ways I prefer live events, but I am grateful for the opportunity to participate by video with the dogs that I have for whom that is more appropriate.
ETA: Since you object to the decision, I think you've made a good call by supporting a different venue.