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#51 OFFLINE   mdpeterman

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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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#52 OFFLINE   Msguy

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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.

#55 OFFLINE   Spoonman27

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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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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

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.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:25 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. ;-)


No change here:

Account #1 (vacation property) - July 31, 1994 - #011xx
Account #2 (primary house) - October, 1997 - #404xxxx

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

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.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

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.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

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.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:51 PM

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.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

What was the reason for the separate bills?
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

What was the reason for the separate bills?


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.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

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".

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

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.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

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.


But one had to subscribe to both to get a larger selection of channels?
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:23 AM

But one had to subscribe to both to get a larger selection of channels?


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.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Seems like I am a newbie compared to most others here, 4/09, no plans to leave anytime soon it's been all good. :)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

October 2007.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

January 1995. Sony A1. Self-installed on basement egress window block in Minnesota. Was extremely cold.




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