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#141 OFFLINE   Dude111


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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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#142 OFFLINE   Podkayne



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

Sept. 1994
Self Install using hardware acquired from Circuit City.
Customer # 65xxx

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

#143 OFFLINE   DawgLink


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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

#144 OFFLINE   Laxguy


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

About eleven years. A pup.
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#145 OFFLINE   Carl Newman

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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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#147 OFFLINE   rayjr66


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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.

DirecTV since 1994 // 2014Q2 Setup here

#149 OFFLINE   yankeevert


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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.

#150 OFFLINE   downrange


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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.

#151 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

I am a relatively new member to DirecTV. Only being on board for 4 years or so.


Good TV (Cable). Better TV (Dish Network). DirecTV.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:29 PM

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 :)

Ha! Just got a little shiver run up my spine remembering that sound -- set my dish up using a baby monitor and listening outside at the dish with the receiver indoors.

#153 OFFLINE   Laxguy


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:35 AM

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


I'd amend that to: If you know you know what you're doing, it's better doing it yourself.


(not to correct grammatical errors, but to change the "think" to "know".....)

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:10 AM

Nine years. We moved from a Qwest Choice TV area. Choice was not available so we went with DIRECTV.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Since 1997, installed Sony single lnb myself, and a few dishes after that until the AU9, that I thought I'd leave to the professionals, turns out though that there were none. :slowgrin: Took a few weeks before they got that right! Still have a Sony SAT-B2 rcvr laying arround!

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#156 OFFLINE   MacTexas


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:59 PM

Bought my dish and receiver from Incredible Universe in 1996 and installed it myself. Have a 7 digit account # starting with 2.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:25 AM

Acct #22xxxx As soon as available in 1994. Continuous service all self install. Started with single dish with single lnb(?) migrated to 32" combo dish including Hughes networking, Now whole home with 2 HDDvr's+ 3 H22's DECA, network connection etc Unsupported. ATT Uverse with  WiFI and 3 repeaters,9 IP cameras all self installed. Yep I'm an old codger (78) Have thoroughly enjoyed DirecTV 


D*TV since "94
HR20-700 -->Sony 50"
HR44-200-->Hitachi 50" LCD, HDMI
H21-100-->Panasonic 32 inch LCD, HDMI
HR23-700-->Panasonic CRT

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:42 PM

Been with DirectTV since '99.  Started out with the Sony white colored dish and their Receiver.  I had that setup until Aug '08, when I upgraded to HD with the HR22 & 23.  It's the old-style 2-downlead install with an SL5 dish.


Stayed with them primarily for the overall (for me) sports availability.  So far, there's no other provider that would provide me with the choice of programming that I prefer.

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Prog Svc: DTV Premier Pkg, NFL ST, MLB EI, CI
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Receivers: HD-DVR HR22-100, HD H23-600
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:54 PM

Long time visitor on this site.Learned alot on this site.Started with Directv in 1996.Self installed most of my systems .Started with Sony dual lnb system.Had 2 sony recievers till 2006 and upgraded to 4 R15s.Now have 1 HR34,1 HR24,1 hr20 and 1 HR22.Just reupped for another 2 years for the HR34 upgrade.

Directv member since 1996 2-hr20-700 1-hr22-100 1-r15-500

#160 OFFLINE   johnchart



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:49 PM

I started with DTV when they first started broadcasting in my area on 1/1/94.  Somewhere along the way, my account name & # changed & it now shows me customer since 2002.  

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