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Just for fun... post pictures of your first DIRECTV receivers


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#81 OFFLINE   dwcolvin

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:47 AM

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Ok, who else has been around long enough to remember the changeover from 'MPEG 1.5' to MPEG 2? :D

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#82 OFFLINE   mikeny

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:54 AM

Hughes GAEB0A (circa 1999).

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I loved the Hughes GABEOA! They were fast! I still have 4 in my basement collecting dust. I also still have a Hughes HTL-HD stored down there. I sold my HR10-250 on EBay.
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#83 OFFLINE   HDinLEXplease

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:04 AM

I had a DSS box and DSS access card. No DIRECTV logo on anything. Also had a sticker for my remote control with the USSB channel numbers on the back. The box and dish were not even branded. I got it through our local electric utility company.

#84 OFFLINE   Davenlr

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:09 AM

My first was an RCA, the one they sold the first week DirecTv was available. We were in a test market, so got ours a few months before the nationwide rollout. I dont have a picture of it, but several others have posted one.

These are the replacements/additional receivers I had:
Sony Sat-B3 (Best guide of them all) with (unpictured) Sony SVR2000 Tivo box.
Not Pictured: Sony DirecTivo
Panasonic TU-HDS20B (worked ok for an hour or two before it would crash)
Hughes E86 (Best HD guide so far)

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#85 OFFLINE   jcrandall

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 10:46 AM

This was my original setup:

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Had no cable or highspeed where I was in 1999. Had dialup internet for sending, satellite for receiving about 400kbps (15x my 28k modem). The Dish had an add-on for DirecTV. The receiver was a basic Hughes silver model.

That thing was a real pain to setup/install, but everything I ever did after that was a piece of cake.

I left DirecTV in 2000 when I moved to an apartment and had cable. Came back in 2006 after using Dish from 2003-2006.

#86 OFFLINE   gfrang

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

Don't have a picture,(took one but didn't know how to post it)my first two receivers are model DRD42RE.

Owned not leased if anybody is interested in buying them.:lol:D* has me being a loyal customer for 9 years but in reality it is two years more because i started out with Rat Shack and the D* clock didn't start turning until it got transfered.

Would i do it again Heck yea those were the good old days and the bill was only 40 bucks.

Edited by gfrang, 05 June 2010 - 12:28 PM.
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#87 OFFLINE   Grentz

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:28 PM

Here's my Sony SAT-A1 from 1996.
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That's my old beauty. Paid $500 or so for it and had to do the install myself. Was heavily on clearance too (originally was like $1000!). Had it from 1996 to 2005 and it was an excellent receiver.

Only thing we had to replace was the remote...many times. Kept breaking it over the years :lol:

Glad I never had to deal with the RCA units, never liked any of them that I used.
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#88 OFFLINE   David Ortiz

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

Sony all the way here. SAT-HD100 and SAT-T60 until they were combined into the HR10-250.

#89 OFFLINE   jamieh1

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:41 PM

Those were the good ole days back in the 90s when Directv first came out. When Directv would add new SD channels it was a big deal. They would have the channel up days before with either a preview of the new channel or a slide saying coming soon.
Now channels mostly pop up unannounced.
If you would of told me back in the mid 90s that we would have our local channels I would of said you were crazy, and now we even have HD local channels. Directv has come a long ways.
I had the very 1st RCA system and all the models after that, then switched to a Hughes DVR then and Hughes HDDVR, and then finally to the current HR series.

#90 OFFLINE   Visman

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:58 PM

From all your old Receivers what was the most reliable?

#91 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 04:05 PM

From all your old Receivers what was the most reliable?


Well, the Sony SAT-B65 lasted 11 years until it was replaced by HD... and would still be working if not for the upgrade!
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#92 OFFLINE   DodgerKing

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:10 PM

Instead of posting pics from the net, I will post my own pics I took of my old equipment sitting in my garage. Including a current slimline

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:15 PM

DogerKing, do you put the gopher pellets in the center of the dish then lay in the yard? You should try it.:grin:
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#94 OFFLINE   DodgerKing

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:22 PM

DogerKing, do you put the gopher pellets in the center of the dish then lay in the yard? You should try it.:grin:


:lol:

It would probably work better than anything else. These gophers are crazy this year.

#95 OFFLINE   jimmyv2000

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:27 PM

i had a first generation rca system bought in December 94 in 97 i added the 2lnb and a muti switch and had2 hughes boxes.Both hughes died within 1 week of each other.
Upgraded to HD in 07.
Retired the RCA in 09 any one want to buy it? it still works!!!!
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#96 OFFLINE   dwcolvin

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:47 PM

From all your old Receivers what was the most reliable?


All of them outlived their usefulness. Well, all but the HR20-100s... went thru a bunch of them. :lol:

#97 OFFLINE   prospect60

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:54 PM

Won't link the pictures, but add me to the DRD203RW as posted earlier. I bet I had one of the 1st 100 of the deluxe RCA's when they were released in 8/1994 ($950 with tax) -- I would probably have been a July subscriber, but I absolutely wanted the Deluxe Unit with the Dual LNB and extra AV out that the basic unit didn't have.

Worked my way up to the Hughes E86 Platinum
Added the Philips DSR6000 DVR when the audio went out of the original IRD and bought the Lifetime DVR for $199 (??)
Added a 2nd DVR Philips 704

Later finally went to the H20-600 (burned it out) and replaced it with another.
Graduated to the HR 20-700 and a few months later added a HR20-100 and finally retired both SD-DVR and eventually the H20-600 large room heater before it started a fire.

#98 OFFLINE   matt

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:45 PM

Anyone have an account number 4 digits or less?

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:46 PM

Anyone have an account number 4 digits or less?


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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:41 PM

I started with a couple RCA 420 RE's then I got a couple hughes SD HBH's. After that it was each Tivo model except a Sony and then the H and HR series.




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