My parents originally signed up in July 1999 (can anybody beat that??). I had a Navigo 4xx (no front panel buttons). I still remember them bringing home the dish and receiver in the back of the station wagon. The box literally filled the entire hatchback and back seat. It came from Canadian Tire and retailed for $399. Silver Choice programming (with 2 of the 4 theme packs) was $29.99 per month. I'd love to see an old programming brochure.
They used that receiver for 6 years and it, though it was slow, there were never any issues.