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How long with Directv

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#126 OFFLINE   Canis Lupus

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

1997 for me

Same for me - 7 digits

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

I saw the displays at Best Buy in '97-'98 and really wanted to get it, but I lived in a heavily wooded apartment. Once I moved in '99, I made sure I had the proper viewing angle so that I could finally get it.

I bought my initial system from Circuit City in '99. It included 2 RCA receivers. I believe installation was included, but not 100% positive. Of course in those days, you would have services from DirecTV and USSB.

I was with D* until 2011 when Comcast dangled a carrot in front of me. That experience lasted about a year when I came back last summer. I have been pleased thus far.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

I "won" a dish and receiver in 1997, and I've been a continuous subscriber since then across two moves and a stint with Pegasus (:().

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

Fall 2002 continuously.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:36 AM

1998. Been with Pegasus and bundled with Century Link. No longer customer of Century Link but still receive DTV bill from them.

#131 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:09 AM

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.

DIRECTV started selling service on June 17, 1994 And, which has already been pointed out, the first system was sold in Jackson, MS on that date.

I went through some old notes of mine and I found a list of the first test markets. My note said that I found it in the DBS-TV FAQ from the sci.engr.advanced-tv discussion group. I’ll see if I can’t verify that somehow.

At any rate, here’s the list of the first test markets for DIRECTV starting in June of 1994...I think. :grin:

Jackson, MS
Albuqueque, NM
Shreveport, LA
Little Rock, AK
Tulsa, OK


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

got directv in 1996-7 with pegasus / ussb. switched to dish in 2006 due to price. i liked dish's channel lineup / package offerings, but their receivers kept crapping out on me all the time. went back to directv in 2010 & no plans on switching.

i have to say that customer service with directv has been leaps and bounds better than dish network.

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#133 OFFLINE   shendley


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

I started with Directv in the Fall of 2000. A few months prior to that I had bought a dish and receiver from Circuit City (remember them?) and tried to find a signal anywhere on my very tree laden property. Couldn't find anything. But I REALLY wanted NFL Sunday Ticket, so I came up with the idea of mounting a dish on a piece of wood and securing it to the luggage rack of our van and parking it in front of our next door neighbor's house. I got their permission to take their parking space on Sundays. And when they would go away for a weekend, we'd just leave it up and enjoy our all channel access which was the perk you got for subscribing to NFLST at the time (at that time it was still available as a stand alone package). We got spoiled on the picture quality and, also needing some more room for our kids at the time, decided to move the Summer of 2001. When we finally found a house we liked, I remember coming over to the yard of the new house with a tv tray, my dish, and receiver before we finalized things just to make absolutely sure I could get a signal! Been loving it ever since.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:09 PM

Can't forget- 1/22/96- daughter's birthday. She came in from her night on the (small) town and helped with aiming. Earlier that day I drove 80 miles to Sony dealer and asked what I needed to be running by that night. He sold me a dual LNB dish, receiver and just enough cable to reach through a patio door we never use. He wrote my ZIP code down wrong so we avoided Pegasus. I added telephone connection days later and intended to move cable out of doorway but it stayed until installer brought HR34 last year.
Tried a Tivo a few years later, didn't work, swapped it for an Ultimate TV with its lame internet setup. That convinced me to buy a real computer.
My house has a 3-foot overhang so back in 1996 I mounted the rooftop mount upside down under the overhang- so low I would bump my head doing yard work. When the HR34 came I asked the installer to do a similar mount, he said "no" right away. His supervisor came by to help and they started mumbling and staring at my old dish. The supervisor took some pictures, did some work inside, came back out and took more pictures. If the DirecTV newsletter has an "idiot" page, I'm on it but only because the Ultimate TV blew a tuner.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

Early 90's for me. Had to install the system myself.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

Me 2011 family members have had D* since 96

I love these How Long have you been with D* threads. Brings back childhood memories of the DSS/USSB days

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

Early 90's for me. Had to install the system myself.

For me it was the Summer of '95 and a self install kit (single lnb, dish, receiver and 50' cable) for $800+$4 for simple compass. Yep, I too remember the DSS/USSB days. Been tempted by Cable, Fios offers but still here (in spite of occasional rain-fade) with latest dish and hd goodies.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

At any rate, here’s the list of the first test markets for DIRECTV starting in June of 1994...I think. :grin:

Jackson, MS
Albuqueque, NM
Shreveport, LA
Little Rock, AK
Tulsa, OK


I thought Rochester, NY was in the first round as well..

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:53 PM

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:20 PM

I believe I began on 6/23/96 17 years ago DSS/USSB
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:35 AM

Early 90's for me. Had to install the system myself.

I think if you know what your doing ITS BETTER DOING IT YOURSELF :)

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

Sept. 1994
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Customer # 65xxx

I remember signing up for premium channels from USSB and regular programming through DirecTV, something about avoiding a monopoly situation.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

Was able to just sign back up w/ DirecTV due to me changing cities.....had UVerse for the last few months

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

About eleven years. A pup.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:05 PM

Self install in late July 1995. Bought at Best Buy for, I think, about $1500.

First bill was Aug 1995 (Acct # 70xxxx) for $31.95. Total Choice package & 1 additional receiver.

Bill jumped $6 in 1997 and hasn't quit climbing since.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

April or May of '97 . . . 383xxxx. Self installed Sony Round Dual LNB. Coax to LR and Bedroom still in use (from the basement only). Just took one of the receivers to Goodwill last week. Larger than an HR20.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:44 PM

Fall of 1995 for me. Account number 1xxxxxx. I remember at the time, DirecTV was having a contest for the 1 millionth customer. I missed it by a few digits.

I purchased the dish and receivers at Sears and did all the install myself. I even had to cut down three large pine trees to get a good southwest clearing. It was a lot of fun!

I was so happy to say goodbye to Comcast, and have been loyal to DTV ever since.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

1994 for me, 6 digits 111xxx. I'm on the West Coast so I had to wait until late 1994.

The first install I paid for ($200!), along with the equipment ($799). It was intsalled on a chimney 2 stories up. Had to have basic cable, too, to get local TV. Later I installed my own dish other places. Eventually with HD and multi-LNBs it got too tricky and I got older and less inclined to crawl through tight spaces.

These newbies have it all for free and still complain. I find a $20 tip to the installer works wonders.

I wonder if they are going to give us anything for the 20th? Besides a price increase?

Edited by gully_foyle, 21 March 2013 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:40 PM

Summer of 1994 for me. I got one of the first units available in the Detroit area. cost me $800 at the local Best Buy. I installed it myself.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

I'm a young'un compared to most of you guys, 1999. gratifying memories of telling the local cable company to go to h*** and one chilly saturday going to a radio shack for an rca dish/rec'r. (ppl that have mostly known hi-speed internet and endless media sources prolly can't relate to what it was like to be under the thumb of a cable company.)

I can still remember the rec'r beeeep...beeeep as I moved the dish back and forth through the signal until I got it locked in. exciting stuff first time around :)

went in to play with my new toy and get ready for the race the next morning that had prompted my switch to satellite in the first place. good times.

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