What was your favourite memory of a feed or channel on cband before channels got scrambled ?

Sammughal

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I missed out and wasn’t around during the days of free to air cband when hbo and nbc and the other big networks were unscrambled I believe encryption started around 1986 right ? What was your favourite memory of an analog unencrypted feed or channel before the scramble happened ? Some of your long time hobbyists probably have memories to share.
 

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A friend of mine was a Patriots fan around that time. We had a lot of good football parties at his house watching games on his 12 foot c-band system. The bird he needed to hit was a little past the limit of his motor. So he had a piece of broom handle cut to "shim" the dish an extra couple of degrees to lock signal. I think his receiver was a Uniden.
 

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I got into satellite TV around 1982. I started installing 12 foot dishes for TVRO part time, family business. My biggest memories were of MTV, it was fresh and new, and revolutionary. And of course that crazy preacher Gene whatshisname, 24 X 7. Everyone was using 12 foot dishes right at first, the best LNA available was 120 degrees and they ran around $500. One of the best early receivers was from Drake, the ESR 24 if I remember right. There were no block receivers yet. We ran a piece of coax from the feed to the downconverter behind the dish in a weatherproof box. Improvements were rapid, soon DX Engineering had a block receiver on the market, LNA's got better, and later the first LNB's. Dishes were getting smaller but 9 feet was about the smallest that worked OK. We were paying about $650 for a 12' Paraclipse, don't quite remember the receiver or motor drive cost Houston Tracker was our favorite. A complete system installed was around $3000.
 

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My first receiver was a Luxor with C-Band only, an LNA and downconverter. Back then HBO was only East and West. There was another movie service called SelecTV, now long gone. Later I upgraded by myself by adding a dual feedhorn and Ku and C-Band LNB's and a Uniden receiver. I was then able to get TVO (TV Ontario) and Showcase from Canada. TVO had interesting and educational programs with a movie on Saturday nights. I remember the British series "The Darling Buds of May" with my first exposure of a young, lovely Catherine Zeta-Jones. Also a crazy British series called "My Hero" where a superhero from the planet Ultron comes to Earth. Showcase introduced me to the Australian comedy series "Fast Forward" and the British comedy team of Hale & Pace.

Still in the old analog days the PBS feed channel transmitted "The Best of Your Show of Shows" with intros by Sid Caesar. They were 30 minute programs with full length sketches. I never saw that program broadcast over the air.

Finally, once a week I would watch the 90 minute feed of NCTV (National College Television) only for the chance to VHS tape the reruns of "The Spike Jones Show". Ahhh, memories.
 
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After hour closed bar parties with the new dish owner cranking the handle over to Satcom 4 to watch Playboy.
Then there was Gene Scott. He was at least honest. "Send me your donations, I need a new Caddy. Puh-Raise Jesus". lol
 
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Used to get few raunchy feeds in the.clear other than Playboy, some short lived stations showing triple XXX at late night.:clapping

Used to watch Caribbean Super Station out of Aruba.

CBC and Canadian Weather channel and exotic station out of New Foundland, Nova Scotia local news on fisheries issues. :)

Saw Gulf War 1 live and raw various news feeds back in the early 90's.

The dish size was 10 footer with DX model Recievers and I think was made from Sweden.

The body cover of the reciever was chocolate looking flavor!:biggrin

Ahh, the good old days and never well see again...:hatsoff
 

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Used to get few raunchy feeds in the.clear other than Playboy, some short lived stations showing triple XXX at late night.:clapping

Used to watch Caribbean Super Station out of Aruba.

CBC and Canadian Weather channel and exotic station out of New Foundland, Nova Scotia local news on fisheries issues. :)

Saw Gulf War 1 live and raw various news feeds back in the early 90's.

The dish size was 10 footer with DX model Recievers and I think was made from Sweden.

The body cover of the reciever was chocolate looking flavor!:biggrin

Ahh, the good old days and never well see again...:hatsoff

I really feel bad missing out the early analog days of cband. There’s something about the 80s and analog that’s there that just isn’t the same feeling with digital and the new stuff on tv. Fascinated with the old channel surfing videos on YouTube of the analog days. Especially when HBO was unscrambled. Just wish there was a major channel on analog but due to bandwidth which is money that won’t be happening. Oh well...
 

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Way too many to list or even really remember. I started in college right when it was about 50/50. Very few sports channels were scrambled at the beginnlng in 1988.
Prime Ticket, Sportschsnnel LA _(when it was $20 month on local csble) Nostalgia, Disney (wasn't full time yet) come to mind. Backhauls, Primetime prefeeds. Sports feeds in general, Lakers backhauls for KHJ/KCAL. Basically anything.

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I installed my dish back in July 1985, just before scrambling hit 1/1/86. I did not get it for free HBO or Showtime, but for access to regular channels COX Cable did not carry at the time. Being an old TV show fan, I loved CBN. They ran back to back old 50s/60s shows including Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Bill Dana Show (which I wish we could find again), and many more. Then there was the Nostalgia channel. I missed that one too. A lot of TV casts of TVRO too. It was a very fun time. I had a Uniden 6000 receiver for a number of years, until I bought a Maspro. Great years.
 

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Does anybody have old channel surfing footage they recorded onto their VCRs ? That would be interesting to see...when I was a kid (well I’m probably a lot younger than most of you) recorded stuff onto my parents vcr when I was a kid in the early to mid 2000s but that was all off cable. I still have some of the tapes and it brings back a lot of memories for me. Does anybody have any old footage they taped off satellite in the 1980s onto their VCRs and they still have ?
 
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I've only seen footage on YouTube regarding C-band surfing. On a side note, I enjoy watching old vids of channel surfing on analog cable. I never had C-band as a kid, but I remember surfing analog cable channels in the 80s and 90s. I especially like to see footage of old analog encryption techniques, like flipping by negative and positive trapped channels. Much of my Disney watching in the 80s involved trying to make sense of what was behind the black and white rolling lines accompanied by a high-pitched beeping noise.
 

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My first receiver was a Luxor with C-Band only, an LNA and downconverter. Back then HBO was only East and West. There was another movie service called SelecTV, now long gone. Later I upgraded by myself by adding a dual feedhorn and Ku and C-Band LNB's and a Uniden receiver. I was then able to get TVO (TV Ontario) and Showcase from Canada. TVO had interesting and educational programs with a movie on Saturday nights. I remember the British series "The Darling Buds of May" with my first exposure of a young, lovely Catherine Zeta-Jones. Also a crazy British series called "My Hero" where a superhero from the planet Ultron comes to Earth. Showcase introduced me to the Australian comedy series "Fast Forward" and the British comedy team of Hale & Pace.

Still in the old analog days the PBS feed channel transmitted "The Best of Your Show of Shows" with intros by Sid Caesar. They were 30 minute programs with full length sketches. I never saw that program broadcast over the air.

Finally, once a week I would watch the 90 minute feed of NCTV (National College Television) only for the chance to VHS tape the reruns of "The Spike Jones Show". Ahhh, memories.

NBC's AFC telecasts on K1/K2 in the late 80s/early 90s. Dick Enberg, Don Criqui, Marv Albert, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley, Mel Proctor, Joel Meyers, Drew Goodman, Jim Donovan . Bob Costas was in studio then with OJ and Parcells.
 

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I miss 1985. My whole family was still living, analog TV, snow, ghosting over the air tv, sparklies on the big dish, no internet,
Cars sucked and were slow but we loved them anyway.
Myrtle Beach trips, girls, rock music and hair bands.
I certainly don't belong in this age now.

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My wife loved getting the day ahead Canadian feed of her favorite soap so she could tell her friends what she "thought" was going to happen on the US network feed the next day. She was never wrong... ;)
 
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