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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:42 AM

Jan 1998 It was a cold (65 degrees :lol:) in Central FL when I installed that 18 " round dish.

I still remember how amazing the NFL play off games and Super Bowl looked.

Also the PQ and number of games to watch with NHLCI had me hooked on D*.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Since Sep. '95 here;

Acc.# in the 1xxxxxx range.

Left crappy analog cable at the time (then "Continental Cable") and never looked back. Started with an installed system from a 3rd party re-seller of 5 first generation RCA receivers fed from a 101 round dish with a dual lnb through two CM electromechanical 2x4 multiswitches in parallel costing ~$4000 after all was said and done.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

Summer 1996 for me and it was a great joy to get rid of crappy cable.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:03 AM

Fall 1995 for me.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

I'm not sure when I first started. D* used to say it was 1999. I remember it was in the spring. I bought a Sony 2 receiver system from an on-line auction site called OnSale for around $250. One of those receivers let the smoke out about 7 yrs ago. I'm still using the other one. The Sony dish is long gone.
In 2001 I got a single receiver RCA system for use on my boat. The dish was mounted to the dock at the marina.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

Around April of 1997. Self Install with Sony B-1 (Ithinkl). Still have that reciever stored in the garage.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

I've been a customer since around 1996 when I lived in Southeast MO. Bought my first RCA dish and receiver at Radio Shack when the apartment complex discontinued the cable service as an included utility.

Around 1998, I was persuaded by Pegasus to move my service to them in exchange for two new Hughes receivers free of charge. I upgraded to a Tivo in 2002. It was either before the Tivo installation (which I did a self-install after purchasing at Best Buy) or when I activated the Tivo, my account was moved from Pegasus back to D*. I am having a hard time recalling whether Pegasus customers were taken over by D* or how that transpired.

In 2005, I moved back home with my Mother after the death of my father. When I married in 2007, my mother retained my account and a new account was created at my new residence with my wife. It disturbs me to this day when D* CSR's thank me for being a loyal customer since 2007.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Fall of 1994 so that I could my wife, a displaced Buffalo Bills fan, the shiny new NFL Sunday Ticket as an anniversary gift.

At that time we had to go through the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Pegasus. I've forgotten which order but eventually, mid 90's, we were allowed to deal directly with DirecTV.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

Mid 90's sometime, don't recall the exact date/year. Got it as soon as it was available, think I bought the receiver and dish at Sears and did a self install (the only option back then). Account number is low 6 digits (17xxxx). Did have a couple of year break in service along the way, but otherwise have been continuous customer.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I want to say 1996 or 1997 was my first go with DIRECTV, got the first Sony A1 STB and dish that the local Circuit City store got in. Left for a couple years to give Dish and Comcast a try when they had more HD channels then DIRECTV did but came back for good in 2004.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

April 6th 2004. Still remember the day. Was super excited to get DirecTV. Got a brochure in the mail for a free 3-room install. I payed $299 for an HD receiver and received the other 2 SD receivers free along with install. Funny thing was the installer put the dish fairly low and I asked will the trees be a problem. He said maybe in 10 years. Well about 4 years ago it had to be relocated because of tree growth. Guess he didn't think we would have DirecTV that long. Luckily the protection plan covered the relocation at no cost.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

I've been with DirecTv ever since August of 1997. I'll never forget it because I ordered NFL Sunday Ticket as soon as my system got installed and got it for only $99 back then. Ohh If we could only go back to those days. :sure:

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

Summer 1994 when it was USSB/Primestar. Bought into satellite TV because:

1. We live in a rural area and OTA was the only other option, and
2. We had just had our 1st daughter and my wife was starting a 17 year tour as a stay-at-home mom.

First D* provider was local telco.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

Coming up on 19 years.
Pegasus late '94 until DirecTV gobbled 'em up 10 years later.

Had H10's with Pegasus, back when there were ~10 HD channels, Ku MPeg2 off the 110° sat. A single ESPN, HBO, SHO, (TBS? can't remember the others) on channels 70's and the DNS (SD channel 80's) HD channels 90's, when they were from all around the country, memory fails me but my recollection, Seattle & DC ABC, Eugene & Raleigh CBS, LA & NY NBC, SF & Pittsburgh FOX (they've been all LA West & all NY East since DirecTV acquisition).

The last 9 years with DirecTV.
Added the H20 & HR20's and started getting the Ka HD's.
Still have the DNS's (channels 390's), including the still SD PBS and CW's.
The H10's still had Ku HD support for a couple of years, so they became the "P" in PIP, second receivers on a couple of sets.
When the HD's disappeared on the H10's, I de-activated them.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

Jan or February of 95. Still can remember the excitement of seeing all the sporting events available on my tv. Would love to see what a bill from that time period looks like.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

17 years for me, and an aunt and uncle as well. That has to be a record for one small town in Arkansas

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

This thread should be limited to those who have maintained a continuous subscription all this time, though it sounds like that is generally the case anyway. ;-)
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

September 1995 for me, continuous. Sure wish that being a "loyal customer" meant something like it used to.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

DirecTV and USSB launched service in June 1994. They had 320,000 customers in 1994.

I believe, at least for the first few years, account numbers were generated sequentially. So lower account numbers are a good indicator of approximately when you first acquired DirecTV. If true, then I would have been part of the 1994 group, which is roughly when I remember getting it.

1995 = 1,200,000 customers
1996 = 2,300,000 customers
1997 = 3,301,000 customers
1998 = 4,458,000 customers. DirecTV acquired USSB in 1998.
1999 = 6,679,000 customers. DirecTV acquired PrimeStar in 1999.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

I inherited a BUD and it died in 98. I won an HIRD-E1 and dish as a door prize at a golf tournament in 99 and installed it myself. Been happy ever since. Upgraded a few times sice then.

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