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Directv & USSB Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by pez2002, Jan 3, 2003.

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  1. pez2002

    pez2002 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 13, 2002
    When Directv Had 2 Services Like USSB Did a Subcriber have to pay 2 bills one from Dtv & One From USSB ????
  2. platinum

    platinum Godfather/Supporter

    Oct 28, 2002
    yes, i paid seperate bills
  3. apc1

    apc1 Mentor

    Dec 4, 2002
    Me too. They billed seperately. Though I think I remember both bills coming in the same envelope? I could be wrong.
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I got two seperate bills in two seperate envelopes.
  5. lba02

    lba02 Guest

    There were to separate company that offered program for the then called DSS (Digital Satellite System) system. I think the two companies partnered to develop the system. DirecTV transmitted and sold all the standard cable channels (except for MTV, Nickelodeon, VH!, All News Channel, Comedy Central and Lifetime, USSB had those) and Pay Per View and USSB transmitted and sold the premium move channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Move Channel and Flix). The companies also had their own transmitting facility. The companies billed separately in separate envelopes. DirecTV eventually bought USSB and USSB then merged with DirecTV. The DSS system was re-branded to just DirecTV and DirecTV then transmitted and sold all available programming.
  6. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Chico, CA
    We signed on in November 1996, and I recall the billing coming in one envelope on the same sheet. I also recall being told at the time of activation that we had to have both services and that the DirecTV CSR would take care of USSB activation for us; no need to make a separate call. How convenient!
  7. lba02

    lba02 Guest

    I bought one of the DSS Systems they year they first came out (Sept. 94 or 95, was on a waiting list for one) We had to call USSB separately and subscribe with them. From what I recall, if you did not want the premium movie channels then you did not have to subscribe to USSB. I still have some of my old USSB bills and the envelops they came in. At the time my DirecTV bill was sent to Los Angeles, CA and my USSB bill was sent to San Antonio, TX. None of my USSB bills were included with my DirecTV bill. They may have changed the way you sign up by 96 to make it easier for the customer.
  8. timf

    timf Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 21, 2002
    I first subscribed to DIRECTV and USSB in 1997, and from then until the two companies merged, the two bills always came in separate envelopes and phone calls to two different numbers were required for the two services.
  9. pez2002

    pez2002 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 13, 2002
    The Phone # to USSB was 1800-204-ussb

    Dont ask me How I Remember that but i do :p
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