When did you first get cable TV in your home?

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  1. SchwoogieBuzzer

    SchwoogieBuzzer Well-Known Member

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    I first got cable TV in 1984. My parents wouldn't pay for it, so I forked over the money from my paper route (I was 13). The cable box was set up in my bedroom. I watched the installer set up the channels and was able to figure out how to get Playboy, HBO, Cinemax for free. Back then the only basic channels were MTV, ESPN, CNN, Disney, A&E, AMC, Lifetime and a few others. I'm flipping through my friend's cable channels the other night and there are so many channels that I would never watch. No wonder people are cutting the cord.
     
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    I wanna say '84 as well.

    My little brother and I would stay up and watch MTV as well as music video shows on USA Network & WTBS for hours on Friday & Saturday nights.

    USA was one of my favorite channels, they had Up All Night and their boxing shows were GREAT (this was in the late 80s through mid 90s).

    Cable was such a novelty then that I used to watch Atlanta Braves games on WTBS, and I've never even remotely liked that team! I could still probably name 3/4 of the starting 9 from the '84 team though (Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Chris Chambliss, Claudell Washington...)
     
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    1984 also. When the cable guy left I watched this movie

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    My cable remote:
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    1975-76. I remember being so excited when the linemen were putting up the cable. We had the "deluxe" 3 tier channel box "corded remote" that you dragged around the room. They said if you pressed 3 buttons at once you would get HBO for free. Never worked for me.
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    Now add a VCR to that mix and the 80s were boner heaven! :yay:
     
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    I think 82
     
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    This.............
     
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    Around 1974 . The cable box in the lawn had filters that blocked premium chanels. I used to remove the filters at night so I could watch tv and replace them the next morning incase the cable company came around to check. They had some anti-tamper threads to prevent removal; I ground a custom wrench to speed up removal.
     
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    My parents had it as long as I remember.

    The funny thing is, I don't have cable now. All my TV is used for is Netflix, Xbox and Youtube.
     
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    1976. You could watch the Ranger and Knick games. Today I live in the middle of nowhere. It would have cost me 10 grand to run the cable to my house. So I have DirecTV and satellite internet.
     
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    sometime in the late 70's also with one of those goofy boxes you had to push the button for the channel

    we were also the first people I knew to have a vcr
    had a remote attached by a cable
    it only reached halfway to the couch

    so you had to still get up and walk to the remote to use it--it was like a half-remote

    we've really made great advancements in the field of mindless entertainment
     
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    1981. I moved into an apartment that had cable and I was in heaven.
    MTV, CNN, HBO, and something called Cinema 100. They showed really cheesy soft core porn flicks
    that were more hysterical than sexy.
    I think my brothers and sisters finally convinced my parents to get cable because they were
    always coming over to my apartment to watch tv.
     
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    This was in the lounge in the dorm in 1984-ish... didn't have my own until 1988 I guess.

    People always tripping on the wire and the thing was probably covered in bacteria.
     
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    1983 - I can totally remember the exact moment MTV came to my house. All I ever watched was MTV.
     
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    That's the box I remember. I think it was maybe 1986 when my parents got cable. It was awesome. Iwatched MTV 24 7.
     
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    I remember my dad hooking up a giant antenna so he could watch Tyson v. Holmes (somehow stealing it from HBO). That was my introduction to cable.
     
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    1977, I paid for it from my job painting apartments after school.

    Qube, Warners first foray into cable service in the US
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    If you were stupid, you took the magnetic pay per view key out of the top of the box, and set a magnet over the hole, and wound up getting billed.
    If you were smart, you, you pried the sides of the box apart, put a paper clip into a hole on the circuit board, and got movies for free.
     
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