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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by postalguy1, Mar 6, 2013.
:lol: I agree!
I have lots of streaming options. Still, we really like having the SonicTap channels available, and we use them often. They're just simple to use - dial in channel, hear unterrupted music of the selected genre.
I know LOTS of people that use the music channels on their TV service. Just because you don't want them, doesn't mean that they need to be taken away from everyone else who does. I'd rather have SonicTap than ESPN, but I bet I pay more for ESPN monthly.
As for "freeing up bandwidth", they don't take up much. They're 32khz (I've analyzed the output), so they're probably 80kbps streams. You could fit 100 music channels in the space of one HD channel. They're so small they likely fit into "dead space".
What is Sonictap music channels? Just kidding, I don't even have it in my favorites.
I couldn't even tell you how to find them lol How about if a person wants them pay for them?
I love the Sonic Tap, oops, I mean DMX, oops, I mean MOOD MEDIA channels!! :lol:
Since Mood Media bought DMX (and Muzak for that matter) last year they have been paying much more attention to the channels freshening them up with new selections all the time. I think the quality on DirecTV is just fine now after they ironed out all the bugs and terrible audio quality it had when it first appeared. I have XM in my car and the audio quality is awful not to mention the irritating blabby DJ's that never seem to say anything worth listening to.
I have listened to the "8-tracks" channel and I don't think it's that bad. It's a refreshing change from the "classic rock" stations that play the same Queen, Eagles, Pink Floyd etc. songs over and over and over.
They used to!!
RCA,SONY,HUGHES -- All good classic IRDs that they are trying to get rid of for some reason!!
and it must happen in the middle of a song,that was the best
SonicTap Piano (Ch: 865): No longer exclusively piano music!
Please see my post: <http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/212066-sonictap-piano-ch-865-no-longer-exclusively-piano-music/>
Dont know if anyone from Directv ever reads this stuff but I have a suggestion. Can we get a couple of the music channels changed to things like ocean or rain sounds for sleep ? We have a couple of cds that are sleep aids . Would be cool if could just flip over to a sonic tap station and play something to help relax and fall asleep.
I see 884 tranquility on the online guide but it says channle not available on my box. Its listed uner ultimate package which I have .Is 884 up ?
884 requires a dish that has access to the 119 slot like a slimline 5.
If you're a premier subscriber there are somewhere between 23 and 30 Sonic Tap channels you aren't getting if you have an SL3.
do you have a list to back that claim?
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It's 17 channels:
Holidays & Happenings (outside of Christmas)
Italian Bistro Blend
Outside of the Latino ones, the rest of these are former commercial subscriber only channels that became available to residential subscribers a few years ago. All you need to do is call and they'll arrange for a LNB swap if you can get LOS to 119.
I've never even listened to Sonic.
My beef with DirecTV's music channels was that they carried the stations in tiers. These are low-bandwidth channels that could be provided to all customers easily.
I've got FiOS TV now and all 49 Music Choice channels are available in all tiers. We like classical music and typically listen to KUSC, an all-classical station in LA. However when KUSC is having a pledge drive we switch to one of the two classical channels available with Music Choice.
And, yes, we do support KUSC with a donation each year.
It may not require much bandwidth, but the licensing for the music isn't free. Directv probably puts it in a tier to allow the bottom package to be cheaper, especially since these days most people prefer options where they have their own music playlist instead of listening to someone else's.
Not me. I'm sick to death of my own playlists. I have started to listen to the music channels more, not less, now. Helps broaden my horizons, musically. On the other hand, it's not so important as to generate a post like Mr. Piano man's :rotfl:
Anyhow, doesn't Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm, Apple Radio fill the bill on showing you new music if prompted? With higher bitrates, likely, too.
That is a lot different than 30 channels that some one claimed!