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Whats with the Sonic channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Bud33, May 19, 2010.

  1. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

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    Why not? Some cable providers already do so. The music channels are certainly not a bandwidth problem nor much of a financial drain to DirecTV.

    Incidentally my DirecTV package is somewhere between that $30 and $130 per month.

    What I'd really like to do is pick eight or so of the music channels -- my choice -- and forget all the others. Pretty sure that won't happen, which is why I'm suggesting all.
     
  2. SPACEMAKER

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

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    The more you pay, the more you get. Simple concept. :)
     
  3. billsharpe

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    My concept is even more simple. Give all subscribers all the music channels. I certainly don't want to pay $50 more each month just to get the Holiday music channel.

    Let's see if Sonic Tap comes up with three Christmas music channels this December...
     
  4. scoop8

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    THat's what I'm hoping for as well. If those holiday channels aren't offered by Sonic, that's when I'd miss XM on DTV. I liked the choices that XM offered with the Christmas music, pop, traditional, and classical.
     
  5. jstutman

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    These channels do not even show up in my guide. So we pay for these channels but D* saved a few $$$ by installing SL3 instead of SL5?

    This would all be D* fault, as the installer does what it on his workorder, which from what I understand the "equipment" is picked from a program that D* uses based on what you ordered.....well does my package include these channels or not?
     
  6. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    DirecTV doesn't even have to offer "grandfathered" packages. They could just announce their new packages/pricing and convert existing packages to the similar equivalent. But they don't. However, they CAN do things to "nudge" people to upgrade like not letting you change your premiums online or not including new channels. Or they might even discontinue channels every now and then.

    They also like to nudge people into upgrading their equipment to a leased box (and getting a new 2 year commitment). I still have an old legacy Hughes receiver on my account which uses the old program guide. Guess what? Know all those new Sonic Tap channels that were added (Familiar Favorites, Rat Pack, Classic Rock Workout, etc.)? Well, they don't appear on my Hughes receiver even though it gets the 101, 110, and 119 satellite. I called to inquire and was told I could upgrade for $50 and a two year commitment extension. No thank you but I don't complain about it.
     
  7. rkish

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    I recently had a Slimline 5 replaced with a Slimline 3, as I (as well as others in my area) were having reception issues with the Slimline 5.

    I noticed the missing Sonic Tap channels...the only one that I might pine for at some point, might be 850 (Jazz). Otherwise, I'd rather sacrifice (at least for now) a few music channels that I don't really listen to, so that my HD channels come through without issue.
     
  8. Bud33

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  9. SPACEMAKER

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

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    When you ran your system test (I am assuming {hoping} you ran a system test before coming here to complain) what were the results? Are your signal strengths OK? When you checked D*'s website, do the Sonic channels listed for your package match what you are getting?
     

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