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


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#101 OFFLINE   Wisegoat

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 10:08 PM

Got mine in early 2000. Sony SAT-B55 slaved to a standalone TiVo 1st generation unit from Sony. I also had a Sony SAT-A55 in the living room for PIP and recording one thing while watching another. The early days!

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#102 OFFLINE   cartrivision

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 10:47 PM

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.



Not to be confused with the receiver manufacturers names, DSS was the brand name for the receiver technology, so the early receivers had both brand names. The first ones sold by RCA had both the RCA and DSS logos on the front of the receiver.

DIRECTV thought that they owned the DSS name, but as it turned out someone else had a trademark for "DSS" and they eventually forced DIRECTV to stop using it... I suppose that they probably tried to get DIRECTV to license the trademark from them and DIRECTV said "no thanks".

#103 OFFLINE   cartrivision

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:00 PM

From all your old Receivers what was the most reliable?


Since none of them ever stopped working, I guess by definition that would make my original 1994 RCA DSS (model DRD203RW) the most reliable since it still works 16 years later... although I supposed that being unplugged and sitting in the closet for the last 8 of those 16 years might have contributed to it's "oldest working receiver" status.

#104 OFFLINE   matt

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:03 PM

Did they even use cards back then?

#105 OFFLINE   Davenlr

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:05 PM

Did they even use cards back then?


Access cards? yea. Changed them about every year as the pirates cracked them :)

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:19 PM

Access cards? yea. Changed them about every year as the pirates cracked them :)


Loaded question: were you waiting for the pirates to crack them? ;)
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#107 OFFLINE   DBSooner

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:20 PM

First receiver

Hughes

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#108 OFFLINE   Davenlr

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:28 PM

Loaded question: were you waiting for the pirates to crack them? ;)


No, not really. I had a 10' C band dish for free stuff anyway. I always paid for DirecTv since day 1. There were several "sat dealers" in town that sold the cards tho, and when they got shut off, you carried your card back and they reprogrammed it. They sold cable boxes with full access too. There was even one dealer that sold a computer that plugged into the access card slot on the receiver, and when they changed the key, the computer calculated the new key and kept the receiver on. I never signed on to that crap, because I was really wanting DirecTv to survive. I HATED cable tv.

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#109 OFFLINE   cartrivision

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:50 AM

Did they even use cards back then?


Yep, here is what the first generation access cards looked like...

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 03:18 AM

Mine was the RCA DWD490RE UltimateTV. I still love that little guy.

It breaks my heart every time I see one, makes me want to go see if I can find one to buy.

Edited by lee78221, 06 June 2010 - 04:04 AM.


#111 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 06:28 AM

Mine was the RCA DWD490RE UltimateTV. I still love that little guy.

It breaks my heart every time I see one, makes me want to go see if I can find one to buy.


I needed a fan and had two of them on a shelf, needless to say I pulled the HDD and fans out of them and out to the recycler they went. They had the best program info for their time. The guides were much faster than the regular receivers, but I also went through about 5 of them. They seemed to be somewhat unreliable and you could use them to heat your bedroom.

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#112 OFFLINE   ARKDTVfan

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:03 AM

My first was a Sony probably in the Sat A series ,installed on Dec 31 1999 when I was switched over from Primestar, was also my first night in this house.
the installer replaced it with a pile of junk from RCA when my locals were added since the Sony wouldn't work with the additional satellite

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:35 AM

Here's the worst receiver I ever used, a Panasonic TU-HDS20. It was an early HD piece that was slow, awkward to operate and needed to be rebooted all the time. I sold it to a customer in 2001 when the Sony was unavailable. I paid for that sale. I was over at his house all the time trying to get this POS to work.

I replaced it with a HR10-250. You have never seen a happier salesman.

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#114 OFFLINE   Nighthawk68

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:55 AM

Here are a couple pictures that I have (from 2005) of my SONY SAT-A1. I can take pictures of the Sony SAT-T60 Tivo unit and a Sony SAT-B65A receivers if anyone wants to see them in more detail.

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#115 OFFLINE   DodgerKing

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:00 AM

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I don't know if I would actually post this.

#116 OFFLINE   roadrunner1782

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:35 AM

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Three of these babies were my first receivers when I signed up in 2004. They didn't get retired until late 2007 early 2008 with H and HR receivers when I upgraded to HD.

#117 OFFLINE   menkelis

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:38 AM

No Pictures... but

RCA DRD440
Mitsubishi SR-SDI
Samsung SIR-TSI60

The RCA and Mitsubishi were just disconnected 4 weeks ago when I had MRV installed.
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HR24 Master Bedroom, VIZIO LCD
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#118 OFFLINE   Steve Robertson

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:16 PM

I don't have a picture to share but is funny seeing these old boxes again. I think I paid 800.00 for a setup back in 97

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:13 PM

I started in 1994 when it was called RCA DSS. My first receiver was a DS 502 MLB. No picture of the equipment, but documentation I still have, Check it out..

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#120 OFFLINE   HarleyD

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:31 PM

No need to re-post a picture of a Hughes HIRD-E11 (Silver Series) since multiples have already appeared in this thread.

It is worth noting however that this box is still in service today, hooked up to a 13" TV on a hospital type wall-mount in my office. 13 years in and still running strong. It's twin brother however (I started out with two of these boxes) finally bit the dust in 2009.
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