Man I love it when the good ole' days of C-Band pops up... First run when they first started used the old Sony decoder so all the voices were pitched way up and they used a funky video inversion system everybody looked like an x-ray... Select TV was still around up until around 1989 when they gave up the ghost so to speak... By the end of their service life they were showing educational videos at night... Remember Home Theatre network it was on F3-16 I believe and also went away some where around the mid to late eighties... I remember when my dad got our Drake ESR-324 RCVR... it was being installed as there was a tropical storm coming... He wanted to be able to watch CNN which back then was really cool to watch... As for Playboy all the neighbors new what was being watched when that dish was pointing skyward looking at F4... AHHHHH The memoriesIn the late 80's there was First Run PPV on F2 and the Zap channels on S2 also.
I actually was selected to be a beta tester of the first GI VCII module and VideoPal order recorder. After the test I was able to keep the equipment for free. I sure miss those days and all the great programming.