Yes, a change is coming for early February. I believe customers will be notified in the next few days officially but obviously it appears some information came out a few days earlier than anticipated.
Wait, woah, woah, woah...you mean to tell me Directv lets their customers know about programming changes ahead of time?
I only say that because, back in Nov 2008, the new SiriusXM replaced alot of great XM music channels with less than stellar Sirius music channels...and they announced it about 10 hours after the switch. You had pandemonium at XM's DC headquarters with subscribers threatening to cancel because their favorite music channels were replaced with Sirius' equivalent, which they didn't like (too much DJ chatter, very FM-radio like). XM has been run into the ground ever since they decided to engage in a bidding war with Sirius over content (Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah, MLB, NFL to name a few). IMO, they always had a better library and no chatter (sorry, I don't care to hear about Beverly in Tennessee who wants to dedicate some obscure Genesis song to her husband or how Tom in Illinois just bought a radio and is checking out Lithium for the first time).
Now, XM has literally become Sirius...with the subscriber getting less for more. I must've heard something entirely different when Mel Karmazin went before regulators to discuss the merger and claimed that they want to bring better quality and more choices for their customers. Could've fooled me.
On a similar note...I know shortly after the merger, Mel had stated that he wasn't too fond of making their content available to other services. He might've been talking about Channel 879 - The Virus at that time, but it sort of sounded like he wanted to eventually move away from service on Directv and Dish.