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It was 15 years ago today...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. VLaslow

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I had subscribed to two different OTA subscription companies that both went out of business. I really didn't like cable. So, in Oct. 1996, I marched myself down to Circuit City (you remember them, right), bought one of those "fancy" RCA receivers, installed the dish myself, and signed up for service.

    BUT, I couldn't get a real picture with the dish, just a 100% signal. After a long discussion with a CSR, we determined that I was pointing at someone else's satellite in the general vicinity of Direct's sat.

    After that it was all good!
  2. johnchart

    johnchart Legend

    Sep 17, 2006
    I had DirecTV installed in January 1995. I had been looking at Primestar but wound up with DirecTV. Glad I did! I paid about $700 for my first box. Only thing I'm disappointed with DirecTV is they rewarded me with 3 months of Showtime! What a joke!

    John H.
  3. knew001

    knew001 AllStar

    Sep 13, 2007
    Bought an RCA deluxe dish and box for 800.00 in 1995 and was part of Pegasus then USSB before they were bought out by DTV in 1999. Still no calbe where I live(not that I would switch):D
  4. GBFAN

    GBFAN Godfather

    Nov 13, 2006
    The DirecTV website says loyal customer since 1996. I wasn't sure if it was 95 or 96. It was the Saturday before the NFL season started and my wife said "you can go buy one of those satellite dish things because I don't want to go to the bar on Sunday anymore". I was out the door and on my way to Best Buy within seconds. I did the self install and activated the system by 4:00 that afternoon and have never looked back.
  5. Lyle Thorogood

    Lyle Thorogood AllStar

    Jun 27, 2004
    1994! Costco sold me my first receiver and single LNB dish in Chula Vista. With them ever since.

    I do miss USSB and their cell-phone like bills. I think I paid like $14.99 for the whole movie package.


  6. smokechaser

    smokechaser Cool Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    It was sometime in 1996. I received a free system from a email campaign. Installed it my self. Dumped Cox cable after numerous cable name changes and the inability to receive a good picture on HBO. Been with Directv ever since. :)
  7. thefoyboy

    thefoyboy Mentor

    Apr 1, 2007
    The Frozen...
    Became a customer in December 1995 when the wife and I bought our first home. We have never known cable and never will. Installed the pizza pan myself but cannot recall my first receiver. Have had the East and West coast network feeds. They come in real handy when LA has a chase going on. Still grandfathered on those and will never give them up.
  8. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    As a former USSB op, i just want to say a few words. IMHOm we did things well. We were each in charge of 5 channels for a shift. if we noticed bad audio, tape glitch, even low video levels; we had a speed dial to a[ll master controls. we usually caught errors before HBO or SHO knew about it.

    HBO execs came for a tour and wondered how we did it. just eyes on the signal/
  9. mobouser

    mobouser AllStar

    May 23, 2007
    Got mine in the fall of 98 from Sam's Club. Small dish self install kit and the best part was able to pay for everything with my GM Credit Card Points (before the company was sold). I think that lasted for about six months. Things may change now with the advent of streaming feeds over the internet I think that may be the next big leap maybe even directly to your TV.
  10. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Sorry to post my experiences so late in the thread here;

    But wanted to see if I could dig up the old receipts on my first system. And found them! :) ... tucked away in an old metal strongbox where they had been sitting for over a decade.

    Anyway, been a DirecTV sub. since Sept. 19, 1995 (date on the installers receipt) after leaving our crappy analog cable service then called "Continental Cablevision" at the time and never looked back. First system was an RCA DS2430RW 1st generation DSS system comprised of a Phase I dish with a DRD-203RW deluxe receiver, plus purchased four additional DRD-102RW receivers. Add in two electromechanical 2X4 multiswitches, outside OTA antenna, cable, splitters labor, etc. total cost came to approx. $4000.00 at the time. :eek2:

    Initial packages were "Total Choice" from DirecTV and "Entertainment Plus" via USSB.

    This plus the monthly bill to the equipment financier certainly didn't make for the most cost effective system, but once I saw those crystal clear images on TVs all over the house coming down from space to a pizza sized dish I've never regretted any of it.

    Hey its been quite a fun ride. HAPPY 15th DIRECTV! :D
  11. Losana

    Losana Mentor

    Sep 13, 2006
    I remember a Radio Shack employee telling me of a new form of tv through a small dish. I was just out of college and had extra cash, I gave him my number and told him to call me when it was avalible. The day they shipped it to radio shack I bought it. I installed it in my in-laws house (I lived in an apartment in Wrigleyville) and I never looked back that was late 1994. I wanted to watch all the football games.
  12. wmj5

    wmj5 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2007
    I've been with D* since sept. 13th 1995, the first one I got was the rca receiver w/ 16 bit proseror, it was so slow it was like watching grass grow, I kept it 3 months and sold it for $300.00 and bought a sony 32 bit and I think from then on everthing is a 32 bit, I didn't have but very little trouble with them until the came out with hd, then all hell broke loose, I don't know how many receivers I have had since then but I haven't had a single one that worked right, the last on I got and have now is a new one the H23-700 and it don't work right, I've already got me an outside antenna, and if they don't get their S..T togeather I'am going to try that free stuff, I don't watch sports, I can get 24 channel without a rotator, I don't know how many I can get with one, I will let you know.
  13. JB292

    JB292 AllStar

    Apr 24, 2009
    Does anyone remember the pricing? I seem to remember paying USSB $35 per month for all the movie channels. I think everything else was in the $40-$45 range through DirecTV.

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