My parents got it in 1989. One of those Amstrad 16 channel boxes. They got one without a remote control because they thought it would be one more to clutter the place up(after the TV, VHS and Hifi!). Ask them how many they have nowadays!
It was quite exciting at the time. The films were probably what got a lot of people interested. I can remember watching 'Labyrinth' and 'Three Men and a Baby' on that channel in one night. With the old BBFC rating system. They used to show the UK Top 10 box office as well.
MTV was interesting as well. Yes, there was Ray Cokes and the other VJs. You mainly had to watch to listen out for a song and video you liked. The Album show on there was good as well.
Sky One was interesting in its own way. There was WWF - that was amusing. Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and so on. They did show US Mini Series on Sunday nights(Roots, North and South, etc.). My parents liked that. They also showed 'Wiseguy' which was about an undercover FBI agent(it featured a young Kevin Spacey as a bad guy!). They also repeated one ITV shows like 'Robin of Sherwood'(Robin - dededdededede - the hooded man!) and 'Return to Treasure Island'(with Brian Blessed). I can also remember 'The Man From Atlantis'(with Patrick Duffy from 'Dallas'), 'The Invisible Man'(the one with David McCallum in it) and 'Wonder Woman'(which also showed the season which wasn't broadcast by the BBC). I also remember a couple of other TV dramas 'Equal Justice' and 'Picket Fences'.
It was great that they repeated the original 'Star Trek' - at the time anyway. Then they moved on to TNG and overtook the BBC with it. Great that they showed them uncut as well - and showed the 'banned episode' - 'On High Ground'.
I also remember 'The X-Files' as well on there. Plus, 'Millennium'.
They also showed 'Highlander : the series' on there. That was quite good. Highlander going around lopping people's head off!
I have vague memories of early Eurosport and also the WHS Smith channel - 'Lifestyle'. I think they showed some early CGI sci-fi series. Can't remember what it was called.
Early UK Gold was good as well. Showing 'Doctor Who', 'Callan' and 'Blake's 7'.
In the analogue days, it was always recommend that your satellite box have Panda Stereo Noise Reduction. It was sort of like Dolby for satellite sound. The Amstrad didn't have it.
The radio stations were also quite a novelty on there at the time.