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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  


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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

since 2/96

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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.

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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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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:08 AM

over 20 years! was working at Sears in the electronics department when they came out. Got mine in the 2nd shipment that arrived. First shipment was sold in before they arrived

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 12:11 PM

Since 1996.

DirecTV customer since 1996 - Current :Slimline 3 SWM, HR24-100 Component cables to 46" Samsung LCD & Optical Cable to Yamaha AVR, H21-200 HDMI to Yamaha AVR & HDMI to 52" Mitsubishi LCD

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 06:08 AM

September of '98, but AT&T's way of doing business has me seriously thinking about bailing on pay TV altogether.  The horrible gauntlet one must endure when calling in to customer service, the whittling down of online capabilities, and increasingly slower and slower operating systems with endless glitches has got me at the end of my rope.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 08:34 AM

Spring of 2004.  

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 02:39 PM

May 1995 ... right after I graduated from Purdue. I had the choice of spending $1000 for a cable install or $1500 for the full kit including a 27" mitsubshi tube ... Satellte went in ... and when I moved I even negotiated apartment contracts to all mounting the dish to the apartment (which was a cool thing IMO) at the time.

Up until ATT I would have stated Directv was my longest successful relationship ...

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 08:18 PM

1997 but stopped in 2001 to resume again in 2003. Same account number

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 12:08 PM

I am a long time visitor to this forum but this is my first post. I have searched and found a couple of old threads on this subject but it appears it has been quite a long time since this subject has been addressed.

First let me say I appreciate the shared information on this forum. I have benefited from the shared information about equipment and various other tips. Just today I used what I learned to same some money and get a great deal on a Genie, whole home install and some discounts on my monthly package. Being a D* customer for many years I have had numerous contacts with D* CSRs, I must say that today my experience with a gentleman in retentions may very well have been the most pleasant experience yet. He made it obvious D* appreciates good business from good and loyal customers.

Anyway on to address the topic of my thread. I have been a D* customer continuously since the fall of 1994, I believe it was September. My first was an RCA DSS receiver and 18" dish all self installed. Over the next few months I installed several more for friends and family.

I am looking for more old D* customers, as old or older than me.

My first system, 09/94 customer number 5 digits 29***

Let's here about yours


I joined in December 1999 and self installed my dish, coax, and receivers. Everyone remember the joy of taking out a small TV and the receiver so you could hear the audio tone while tweaking the dish?



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Posted 12 September 2016 - 12:19 PM

My grandparents got directv in 96 at the latest

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 01:28 PM

7 years total


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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:11 PM

Self installed system on 9/10/1994. That was the first day possible to start service with D* in my area. I have a 5 digit account number 61***. So I'm basically a charter member. I wonder how many charter members are left in the US.

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 05:20 PM

I am a 630*** account number from 1976.  Yeah.  Old. 



and dumb

make that 1996, not 1976


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