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#61 OFFLINE   billsharpe

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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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#62 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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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:

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#63 OFFLINE   CATCRAW

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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.

#64 OFFLINE   Christopher Gould

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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".

#70 OFFLINE   spartanstew

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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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#71 OFFLINE   TMan

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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.

Edited by juniormaj, 09 February 2013 - 12:37 AM.
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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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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

1997. My first D* receiver (an RCA) cost about $600. Had to get "lifeline" cable to pick up the locals.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

First got it in October '04 for free when working for call center contractor.
After I left the company in middle of '05, let it lapse for awhile, then got it reconnected spring of '06 and it's been on ever since:D

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

Welcome :)

I have had DTV for about 14 years now...... They are an excellent provider!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Setember 1994. Spent 1000 bucks for the install, 1 reciever and fiberglass dish. As long as they have Sunday Ticket, I will be a sub.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

One digit account #3

I flung the satellite into orbit with my bare hands.

I wrote, produced, directed, shot and starred in my own 1st TV broadcast, which I watched at home by myself. Screw the neighbors. Let them launch their own satellite.

I'm still pissed off at Arthur C. Clarke for stealing the idea of geosynchronous satellites from me.

Came up with my own content package - Uranium. Only I am impervious to the radiation.

I didn't have a dish. I just stood in the backyard, looked up at the heavens, and smiled.

Primestar was named after me. It was my handle at NASA. I created it when Jesus was already taken.

When someone threatened to sign up before me, I created a black hole to stop the passage of time. Poor sucker got drawn into it. The black hole also ate up all customers #4 through 15,000. Now that was a mistake and I'm sorry for it.


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