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How long with Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by D¢1994, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Icon

    Dec 28, 2005
    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.
  2. since 2/96

    since 2/96 Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    since 2/96
  3. Jun 1, 2013 #183 of 232

    pjb64 New Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Sacramento ca
    December of 94
  4. Jun 1, 2013 #184 of 232

    pwrmac2 New Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Summer of 95. Did a self install of 2 Sony Sat A1’s.
  5. Jun 3, 2013 #185 of 232

    RCVJMV New Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    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!
  6. Jun 5, 2013 #186 of 232

    rbean Legend

    Jan 11, 2007
    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.
  7. Jun 5, 2013 #187 of 232

    rbean Legend

    Jan 11, 2007
    Could be wrong but don't think they started broadcasting until the summer of 94
  8. Jun 5, 2013 #188 of 232

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    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.
  9. Jun 5, 2013 #189 of 232
    Special Ed

    Special Ed Legend

    Oct 26, 2007
    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.
  10. rodnig1

    rodnig1 New Member

    May 31, 2011
    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
  11. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    Since 1996.
  12. weaselfest

    weaselfest Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    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.
  13. Brian Hanasky

    Brian Hanasky Godfather

    Feb 22, 2008
    Spring of 2004.
  14. tegelad

    tegelad New Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    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 ...
  15. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    1997 but stopped in 2001 to resume again in 2003. Same account number

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  16. kxaz145

    kxaz145 New Member

    May 1, 2008
    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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  17. boukengreen

    boukengreen Legend

    Sep 22, 2009
    My grandparents got directv in 96 at the latest

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  18. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    7 years total
  19. coconut13

    coconut13 Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    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.
  20. Gary Toma

    Gary Toma UNIX

    Mar 22, 2006
    I am a 630*** account number from 1976. Yeah. Old.

    and dumb
    make that 1996, not 1976

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