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Just for fun... post pictures of your first DIRECTV receivers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Jun 6, 2010 #101 of 147

    Wisegoat Icon

    Aug 16, 2006
    Got mine in early 2000. Sony SAT-B55 slaved to a standalone TiVo 1st generation unit from Sony. I also had a Sony SAT-A55 in the living room for PIP and recording one thing while watching another. The early days!
  2. Jun 6, 2010 #102 of 147

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007

    Not to be confused with the receiver manufacturers names, DSS was the brand name for the receiver technology, so the early receivers had both brand names. The first ones sold by RCA had both the RCA and DSS logos on the front of the receiver.

    DIRECTV thought that they owned the DSS name, but as it turned out someone else had a trademark for "DSS" and they eventually forced DIRECTV to stop using it... I suppose that they probably tried to get DIRECTV to license the trademark from them and DIRECTV said "no thanks".
  3. Jun 6, 2010 #103 of 147

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Since none of them ever stopped working, I guess by definition that would make my original 1994 RCA DSS (model DRD203RW) the most reliable since it still works 16 years later... although I supposed that being unplugged and sitting in the closet for the last 8 of those 16 years might have contributed to it's "oldest working receiver" status.
  4. Jun 6, 2010 #104 of 147

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Did they even use cards back then?
  5. Jun 6, 2010 #105 of 147

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Access cards? yea. Changed them about every year as the pirates cracked them :)
  6. Jun 6, 2010 #106 of 147

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    Loaded question: were you waiting for the pirates to crack them? ;)
  7. Jun 6, 2010 #107 of 147

    DBSooner Legend

    Sep 23, 2008
    First receiver



    Upgraded to Samsung Directivo two years later

  8. Jun 6, 2010 #108 of 147

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    No, not really. I had a 10' C band dish for free stuff anyway. I always paid for DirecTv since day 1. There were several "sat dealers" in town that sold the cards tho, and when they got shut off, you carried your card back and they reprogrammed it. They sold cable boxes with full access too. There was even one dealer that sold a computer that plugged into the access card slot on the receiver, and when they changed the key, the computer calculated the new key and kept the receiver on. I never signed on to that crap, because I was really wanting DirecTv to survive. I HATED cable tv.
  9. Jun 6, 2010 #109 of 147

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Yep, here is what the first generation access cards looked like...

  10. Jun 6, 2010 #110 of 147

    lee78221 Godfather

    Sep 25, 2007
    Mine was the RCA DWD490RE UltimateTV. I still love that little guy.

    It breaks my heart every time I see one, makes me want to go see if I can find one to buy.
  11. Jun 6, 2010 #111 of 147
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I needed a fan and had two of them on a shelf, needless to say I pulled the HDD and fans out of them and out to the recycler they went. They had the best program info for their time. The guides were much faster than the regular receivers, but I also went through about 5 of them. They seemed to be somewhat unreliable and you could use them to heat your bedroom.
  12. Jun 6, 2010 #112 of 147

    ARKDTVfan Icon

    May 19, 2003
    My first was a Sony probably in the Sat A series ,installed on Dec 31 1999 when I was switched over from Primestar, was also my first night in this house.
    the installer replaced it with a pile of junk from RCA when my locals were added since the Sony wouldn't work with the additional satellite
  13. Jun 6, 2010 #113 of 147
    Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Here's the worst receiver I ever used, a Panasonic TU-HDS20. It was an early HD piece that was slow, awkward to operate and needed to be rebooted all the time. I sold it to a customer in 2001 when the Sony was unavailable. I paid for that sale. I was over at his house all the time trying to get this POS to work.

    I replaced it with a HR10-250. You have never seen a happier salesman.

  14. Jun 6, 2010 #114 of 147

    Nighthawk68 Godfather

    Oct 14, 2004
    Here are a couple pictures that I have (from 2005) of my SONY SAT-A1. I can take pictures of the Sony SAT-T60 Tivo unit and a Sony SAT-B65A receivers if anyone wants to see them in more detail.

    Attached Files:

  15. Jun 6, 2010 #115 of 147

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    I don't know if I would actually post this.
  16. Jun 6, 2010 #116 of 147

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    hughes receiver.jpg

    Three of these babies were my first receivers when I signed up in 2004. They didn't get retired until late 2007 early 2008 with H and HR receivers when I upgraded to HD.
  17. Jun 7, 2010 #117 of 147

    menkelis AllStar

    Jun 26, 2007
    No Pictures... but

    RCA DRD440
    Mitsubishi SR-SDI
    Samsung SIR-TSI60

    The RCA and Mitsubishi were just disconnected 4 weeks ago when I had MRV installed.
  18. Jun 7, 2010 #118 of 147
    Steve Robertson

    Steve Robertson Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2005
    I don't have a picture to share but is funny seeing these old boxes again. I think I paid 800.00 for a setup back in 97
  19. Jun 7, 2010 #119 of 147

    treecastle AllStar

    Dec 5, 2005
    East Tennessee
    I started in 1994 when it was called RCA DSS. My first receiver was a DS 502 MLB. No picture of the equipment, but documentation I still have, Check it out..


    Can't get the pictures to load - oh well.
  20. Jun 7, 2010 #120 of 147

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    No need to re-post a picture of a Hughes HIRD-E11 (Silver Series) since multiples have already appeared in this thread.

    It is worth noting however that this box is still in service today, hooked up to a 13" TV on a hospital type wall-mount in my office. 13 years in and still running strong. It's twin brother however (I started out with two of these boxes) finally bit the dust in 2009.

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