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How long with Directv
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:42 AM
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*.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:50 AM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:56 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:03 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
In 2001 I got a single receiver RCA system for use on my boat. The dish was mounted to the dock at the marina.
Direct TV subscriber since 1999
Choice Ultimate Customer
Equipment:: HR21-700 HR20-700 H20-100 (owned) SlimLine 5 Antenna
Winegard HD 8800 8-Bay for OTA
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:45 AM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:43 AM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:19 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:03 PM
See post My Setup for configuration info.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:39 PM
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:58 PM
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.
My top 5 wishlist: 1) Free MRV HR to HR 2) Fix Channels I Receive so that it is accurate 3) > 50 SeriesLink 4) Usage of both internal and external drives concurrently 5) Support for other video providers as DoD (i.e. Hulu, CBS)
DirecTV HR21-200, 2008 (DirecTV anniversary gift)
DirecTV HR20-100 (2TB eSATA), 2007
DirecTV since 1995
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:59 PM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:58 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:03 PM
my comments and opinions are my own and do not suggest endorsement by my employer
Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:22 PM
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:49 PM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:05 PM