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How long with Directv

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#176 OFFLINE   jrwinter



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:00 AM

14 Years

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#177 OFFLINE   NLRay


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:07 AM

i believe we started in September 1996, with a self install and two receivers.


Just had a failed Genie upgrade install.  Waiting ofr wireless clients to be available...the whole install situation, while I understand them wanting to control quality, makes me think about switching to Dish.

#178 OFFLINE   SteveHas


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:01 AM

Fall 1999

8 digit account # starting in 11

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:18 AM

1996 for me. My acct# 434xxxx  


DirecTV since 1996

1 x HR54

2 x C61

4 x RVU

#180 OFFLINE   bobbin


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:44 AM

August 1994,  I was 52.  Before digital OTA we would get two channels, but only with a 30 foot mast and a rotator. The account is five digit beginning with 22.  Now OTA is gone, but with a Genie and three HD DVRs we do get TV, rain or snow.   Really got to learn more about this SWiM thingy. 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:49 PM

April 1999.  Acct #819xxxx.  Actually started with Heartland, which was a DirecTV installer/provider for rural areas.


I am NOT a hoarder! :-)  But, for some reason I can't explain, I have a copy of every DTV bill I've ever received plus a copy of the original installation order.  I think early on I discovered it was easier to dispute charges when you could refer to previous bills so I just kept saving them.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 01:33 PM

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:57 AM

December of 94 

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 07:09 AM

Summer of 95. Did a self install of 2 Sony Sat A1’s. 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

January 1994, RCA receivers. Paid a bunch but have been a customer ever since. Think I might upgrade to a SWm Genie system, sounds great!

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:33 AM

Less than two months after they first started broadcasting to public, we were waiting on them.  It was actually hard to find a system at the time.  Don't remember exact date but at the end of August 94 if I remember right.  First account had to be cancelled and reopened after about a year cause they had the account so screwed up.  Paid $1500 for first system, dual lnb RCA reciever, got dish stoen a couple of years later and had to pay $275 for a replacement dish and lnb. Have had them ever since.  Best thing since sliced bread.

There are two sides to every issue, my side and the wrong side.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:35 AM

January 1994, RCA receivers. Paid a bunch but have been a customer ever since. Think I might upgrade to a SWm Genie system, sounds great!

Could be wrong but don't think they started broadcasting until the summer of 94

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

Had D* since the summer of 1999 when they bought out Primestar just to shut it down.  Capitalism at its finest! 


Primestar was the first service to offer dual feeds in sports packages, something D* has only started doing in the last couple of years.  I wish they had stuck around as they had taken great steps in upgrading their service only to be shut down for posing a threat.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

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

I would have to disagree with DIYS installs .  Did my install and started with DTV around ~2000.    I remember a lot of screaming from the ladder to my kids in the house "Got a picture now!!!...How about now!!! **%$#^".  Finally did get it set-up.  Then my brothers noticed the clear digital picture was much better than analog cable at the time and I had to go through the same nightmare helping them get set up.   


When I switched to HD, the installers did a rock solid install of the new HD dish (might have been a small service charge).  But it was a much more pleasant experience.


I don't see leaving Directv anytime soon.  Two things I like about them.  When a frequent storm knocks out our power and cable lines for a day or three I can fire up my generator at night and watch TV while the cable TV folks bond and tell scary stories. 


The other thing I like is Sunday ticket.

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