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My "D" Start date

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MrDad0330, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    WOW... I could have sworn that the dual LNB didn't come out until several years later. We didn't get one until 2000, but I was thinking '97 or '98.

    Albany, GA has a tendency to be behind the times though, so perhaps it just took a long time to get here...

  2. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    And you are Supposed to keep your Signature to a Limit of 5 Lines or less!!! :D
  3. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Same issue here. They show me as being a customer since 2002. But I have 29XXXX account number. But when I called to activate my HR34 and had to go to the special department she could see my original customer date of October 1994.

    I think the 2002 hit their system as that was when I reinstated service after a suspension. I took the family out of town for a work assignment as my daughter was only 1 and I didn't want to leave her and my wife at home. So we all went. I had cable for that 4 month period and it sucked. But 2002 is when I reactivated service, so that may be where they got it for me.
  4. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I got the dual LNB when I got service in 1994. IIRC it cost $100 more.
  5. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Either my memory is faulty, or that just wasn't an option locally.

    Maybe the price made it a moot point, but I don't remember that even being an option until two to three years after we got service.

    It's very possible it just wasn't available locally, as we are indeed slow to get things here.

  6. tinmanohio

    tinmanohio Cool Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    This is the only place I find people who know about those early days. Wasn't there two birds with Hughes owning one and a half and USSB owning just half a bird or just one owned 50/50? I purchased a first generation RCA in early 95, Jan or Feb I think. Acc# 45xxxx. I remember it being a big deal when they hit the 1/2 million mark. Paid $699 for that single tuner RCA at an independent retailer and self installed. Thought that was the greatest thing ever. Later purchased a returned RCA receiver from Sears, same model, for much less and have had 2 18" dishes on my antenna tower until just this month when I upgraded to HD. Kind of hated taking down that 1995 18" RCA dish. Never once had to realign it. I did put dual LNB's on both to have DVR a few years back when my VCR died.

    To the OP's point, although not important it is nice to get credit for being one of the first. I like seeing "Loyal Customer Since 1995" when I log in.
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Hughes owned it all, I think, but due to some old FCC rule, one company could not broadcast exclusively from a single orbital location, or some such thing, so they leased out several transponders to USSB, who carried the premiums and the channels owned by MTV networks, while DirecTv used the rest. Then DirecTv leased three from Dish at 110, and Dish leased some from DirecTv at 119 a few years later. I am pretty sure that rule, whatever it was, has been rescinded.

    I still have my old original RCA receiver, and it still works. So does my second gen Sony, and my first HD unit, a Hughes E86.
  8. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    The reports of customer numbers makes me wonder if they started reusing cancelled accounts? I signed up in Jan. '97 and my cust # is 13xxxxx

    Also have no mention of my startdate on the account page
  9. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    No that would be about right. I don't know if they started at 1, but I think I remember some people having 5 digit account numbers (of course they now have a bunch of "0" in front). You have a low 7 digit, and DirecTV probably had 1.3M customers by then.
  10. Rockaway1836

    Rockaway1836 Godfather

    Sep 25, 2007
    Myrtle Beach
    What longrider is pointing out is that his number is at one million and change, while mine is at two million. While I have been with them for quite some time longer, at Dec of 95 for me and Jan 97 for him.
  11. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Didn't catch that. This is strange.
  12. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    I subscribed in May of 1997 and my account is in the 3.8 Million range. Sony Dual LNB self install.
  13. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    I started with D* 12 years ago but they only credit me for 10 years because i signed up with Radio shack and i was paying D* directly from the start.It kinder bothers me a little when they tell me i been a loyal customer for 10 years but i have to say they usually treat me right.
  14. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    We signed up early of 97, canceled for like a year in 2005, resigned up in 2006 and have a 3 millionish number.
  15. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the account numbers. I started in '99 and my acct. # is almost 15 million! :eek2:
  16. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Newb. :lol:;)
  17. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    They have me listed correctly somewhere in the notes - but, not in straight-up recognition. Like at least one other I still see in forums here, I went from D* signup to being transferred to Pegasux and back. Three customer numbers since February 1994.

    I'll have to see if I can find activation number.
  18. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    I signed up in time for the start of the 1998 MLB season, but later I moved out on my own so my current start date is November, 2000.

    The first four installs I did myself, going from a dual lnb round dish, to a 2 dish setup with 22kHz switch (for HBO HD), to an 18x24 dish (anyone remember the Sat C kit?). The past two moves I took advantage of the Movers Connection.

    I remember getting one bill from USSB, then I think DIRECTV took over.
  19. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    I never had a disruption in service so never a deactivaton. Maybe just some sloppy recornd keeping with "D". In any case, I was one of the pioneers, so to speak and it still gripes me a bit that "D' doesnt acknowledge that. It is nice to hear from all you that started in the very early days. The only thing that ever topped the thrill I got when I "found" the sat signal is probably my first "D" Tivo DVR. I showed the family how i could pause live TV and rewind it . My silly daughter asked me if I could forward live TV but i just coulnt find the button for that. If I had...I would be a billionaire. LOL
  20. mashandhogan

    mashandhogan Legend

    Dec 21, 2010
    Before my time,
    What was Pegasus?

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