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#101 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

Circuit City


Nope...smaller & regional, not national.

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#102 OFFLINE   Davenlr

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Montgomery Wards

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#103 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Montgomery Wards


Not MW....this regional electronics/appliance chain is in the SE.

#104 OFFLINE   txtommy

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

Summer of '94 right after moving to Louisiana. They've come a long way since those early systems.
“People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” -- Rogers Hornsby

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:04 PM

Not MW....this regional electronics/appliance chain is in the SE.


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#106 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Conn's



Nope....this retailer is specific to Mississippi

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:58 PM

Sears is where I bought my first 18 inch round with one RCA receiver for $899 in 1995

I still have the receiver.

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#108 OFFLINE   west99999

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

Nope....this retailer is specific to Mississippi


Well, who is it then?

#109 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

Well, who is it then?


The 1st DIRECTV system was sold at Cowboy Maloney's in Jackson, MS on June 17, 1994.

Here's an interesting article about the 10th anniversary celebration in 2004...attended by then Sirius (and current Dish) CEO Joe Clayton.

http://www.twice.com...party-directv-0

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:51 AM

Trivia: What retailer is known as the "birthplace" of DIRECTV?


Circuit City


I think they can lay claim to DIVX-DVDs, though. :eek2:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:38 AM

I saw a DIRECTV booth at the The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in 1996. I almost got it then but they didn’t carry my locals and I can’t get them via OTA. The Rep said they would carry locals in “within six months”. Well DIRECTV got the locals in six YEARS so I became a DIRECTV sub in 2002.

Had Dish gotten locals first I’d have gone with them. :grin:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

Jan 1995.

Bought from Crutchfield, Sony system,self install.

#113 OFFLINE   Bill Broderick

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I got a Hughes system (3 receivers) in Fall 1996 from a small store that only sold satellite systems (they're long out of business). I think that I paid about $1400 fully installed.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Spring 2008. Was going to buy a ReplayTV DVR (already had one) and went to their website (ReplayTV.com) and saw it was Bought up by DirecTV and decided to call about service. Having Telco and Cable for years. They offered me a 18" round free install and 3 Receivers. 2 R15-100s and a D10. Well in 2009 decided to go HD and upgraded to a HR21-700. 5 Years on and just renewed a new 2 year contract last June when I got my latest receiver my HR24. :)

Edited by xmguy, 13 February 2013 - 05:35 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:59 PM

Bought my first package February, 1994.
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I'm thinking maybe 1995? FEB 1994 would have been 4 months before kickoff.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:21 PM

jan 96 spiegel catalog $999 self install lots of pixelation and pic freeze so i sent it back got dish network on april 1 of 96 for $600 and self install went back to directv probably 5 or 6 years later then back to dish a couple of years ago for two years now back with directv again. first system was rca.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

My parents got their first system in Aug. 1995, I've had mine since Aug. 1999.
Wish the prices were the same as back then. sigh,

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

April 1996, and have had it ever since. I remember waiting for Sony to release their system, if I remember correct, RCA had a contract for so many units before anyone else could come to market with their systems. (maybe someone else can confirm this?)
Seems like I waited anxiously most of 1995 for the Sony system to be announced, which it did in late 1995. My buddy got a system in late January 96 or early Feb with his tax return and we installed it in the freezing cold. I bought my system in late March, but had to wait till late April for the cold and snow to disappear as I needed to put in a pole for mine. We had some exceptional cold that winter (-35 to -40 Feb 1996) and an exceptional amount of snow that winter with just shy of 200 inches.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

I'm thinking maybe 1995? FEB 1994 would have been 4 months before kickoff.


Dunno if we were test area or not - but, purchased through DirecTV storefront - financed through Wells Fargo, Feb, 1994.

Let me see if I can find that old credit report.

EDIT: Yup - approved 02/1994 - installation 03/1994 - 1st payment rec'd 04/1994.

EDIT: Sorry, this is all wrong. Got discussing this today with my wife and we rechecked the amount on the credit report and it was too high to have been the D* purchase, etc. Now, I'm just stuck with my old fart memory - unless I can find other paperwork from that period. I know the late winter/early spring part is right; but, nothing on digital media or paper to jog that recollection into accurate.

Edited by Ed Campbell, 21 February 2013 - 08:55 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

Dunno if we were test area or not - but, purchased through DirecTV storefront - financed through Wells Fargo, Feb, 1994.

Let me see if I can find that old credit report.

EDIT: Yup - approved 02/1994 - installation 03/1994 - 1st payment rec'd 04/1994.


You got me on that one then. Even the earliest 4-5 release markets were all mid-late June with a second rollout in only a handful of cities in July. I don't beleive the full national release was until the fall.

??Prepurchase. It would seem if you were in the prerelease test phase you wouldn;t have had to pay for stuff. Is your account number under 100 or 1000 assuming you stayed active the whole time?

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

I do not remember exactly when but early 95 6 digit account number 61XXXX.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

1997 for me

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#123 OFFLINE   Ed Campbell

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

You got me on that one then. Even the earliest 4-5 release markets were all mid-late June with a second rollout in only a handful of cities in July. I don't beleive the full national release was until the fall.

??Prepurchase. It would seem if you were in the prerelease test phase you wouldn;t have had to pay for stuff. Is your account number under 100 or 1000 assuming you stayed active the whole time?


Don't have record of first couple of act #s. after first year or so, D* rented us out to Pegasus rural coop. When they took us back, we were issued new cust #s. The bank I used back then has gone the way of being gobbled up by national beastie; so, I moved to another local bank - and don't have old payment records, old cust #s.

EDIT: See previous post for corrections.

Edited by Ed Campbell, 21 February 2013 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Almost got dude fired who sold me contract BTW.

D* advertised in local newspaper spl offer including Sunday Ticket for $99. By the time I wandered into their storefront, they'd raised it to $109 or $119. I put on my stubborn hat and the sales rep wanted the sale so bad, he promised me the $99.

His boss like to blew a gasket when he saw the contract. I just sat there smiling while he hollered - but, admitted he had to honor the contract as written.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

17 years for me




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