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How long with Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by D¢1994, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Feb 8, 2013 #61 of 232
    billsharpe

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    First time around was 1994 when DirecTV was a Hughes subsidiary. I had worked for Hughes and got a retiree discount on the receiver, but it still cost over $700.

    Eventually left for Adelphia Cable primarily to get internet service, came back later for DirecTV bundled with Verizon DSL internet and phone, and left again 16 months ago for a Verizon FiOS TV bundle.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2013 #62 of 232
    fluffybear

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    No change here:

    Account #1 (vacation property) - July 31, 1994 - #011xx
    Account #2 (primary house) - October, 1997 - #404xxxx
     
  3. Feb 8, 2013 #63 of 232
    CATCRAW

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    We have been customers since 1996, when you had to purchase your dish and all equipment. Sears was the only place in town that carried "Hughs" I believe it was called before Directv. They sent a husband / wife team out to install it. We were the very first install they had attempted. Seems the crack install team usually installed garage door openers so our Sat System was new to them. Took them 2 weeks to get it working. Been with DTV ever since, but thank goodness they now have real installers in our area.
     
  4. Feb 8, 2013 #64 of 232
    Christopher Gould

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    I have been a customer since 09/98. At one point i received 3 bills. My Shelby Electric(NRTC) Directv bill. My USSB bill. And I received a Directv bill for TiVo for a few months until Shebly took over that. Shelby electric no longer does directv.
     
  5. Feb 8, 2013 #65 of 232
    prospect60

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    Bought my first system in mid August 1994 -- one of the first deluxe RCA boxes on the market if I remember the story since supposedly the Circuit City clerk let me buy it a week or so before it officially released. I would have been up a few weeks earlier except I really wanted that dual LNB, 2 tuner option that wasn't available with the original basic unit. Account number in low 30K

    My first DirecTV bill was $25.90 and it had everything that was carried at the time, full USSB service was free for the first month or two. My first paid USSB bill was 10/1/1994 for $36.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2013 #66 of 232
    R8ders2K

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    I jumped in when my I bought my first house in 2001 with a Mitsubishi receiver and dish. As there was NO cable service available for the new housing development and OTA was terrible if you didn't have an outside antenna.

    And when HD become available, I jumped in with a first Sony HD receiver.
     
  7. Feb 8, 2013 #67 of 232
    TMan

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    What was the reason for the separate bills?
     
  8. Feb 8, 2013 #68 of 232
    Christopher Gould

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    Separate companies. Directv and USSB were independent companies and the NRTC was a directive partner with exclusive right to resale directv in there areas of the county. Directv have them this right for 100 million.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2013 #69 of 232
    JJEZ96

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    March of 1996, I had USSB only at first. I subscribed to DirecTV in May of 1996. I bought RCA dual lnb dish at Best Buy. I installed the dish myself. I was very excited since I lived in a rural area and only had OTA. I bought a second dish and cinder block for portability. I would take it to friends houses and have it hooked up in 15 minutes. I must have got 8-10 people to sign up after they saw show the PQ. The PQ was great in 1996. I still remember their ads "The highest quality picture and sound".
     
  10. Feb 9, 2013 #70 of 232
    spartanstew

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    February 2000.

    Easy to remember, because it's the same month (and year) that I got married and moved to Texas.

    Celebrating three anniversaries this month.
     
  11. Feb 9, 2013 #71 of 232
    TMan

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    But one had to subscribe to both to get a larger selection of channels?
     
  12. Feb 9, 2013 #72 of 232
    juniormaj

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    If I recall correctly, USSB carried the Viacom channels (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nick., etc.) and most of the premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.). These channels were in the 900's.

    DirecTV carried the "basic" channels, and maybe a movie channel or 2. (Starz, IFC?) These were in the 200's and 300's.

    DirecTV had 27 transponders at the 101 satellite position, and USSB had 5.
     
  13. Feb 9, 2013 #73 of 232
    BosFan

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    Seems like I am a newbie compared to most others here, 4/09, no plans to leave anytime soon it's been all good. :)
     
  14. Feb 9, 2013 #74 of 232
    SPACEMAKER

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    October 2007.
     
  15. Feb 9, 2013 #75 of 232
    unixguru

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    January 1995. Sony A1. Self-installed on basement egress window block in Minnesota. Was extremely cold.
     
  16. Feb 9, 2013 #76 of 232
    wilbur_the_goose

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    1997. My first D* receiver (an RCA) cost about $600. Had to get "lifeline" cable to pick up the locals.
     
  17. Feb 9, 2013 #77 of 232
    Mark40930

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    First got it in October '04 for free when working for call center contractor.
    After I left the company in middle of '05, let it lapse for awhile, then got it reconnected spring of '06 and it's been on ever since:D
     
  18. Feb 9, 2013 #78 of 232
    Dude111

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    Welcome :)

    I have had DTV for about 14 years now...... They are an excellent provider!
     
  19. Feb 9, 2013 #79 of 232
    glrush

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    Setember 1994. Spent 1000 bucks for the install, 1 reciever and fiberglass dish. As long as they have Sunday Ticket, I will be a sub.

    Glenn
     
  20. Feb 9, 2013 #80 of 232
    dshank522

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    OMFG.....Sorry....this is PRICELESS. I cannot stop laughing !!!! My sides are hurting !!!!! !rolling!rolling!rolling!rolling
     

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