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Confirmed: Sirius/XM Is Leaving DIRECTV


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#41 OFFLINE   tvjay

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 06:54 PM

DirecTV was paid by XM to carry their music channels. Given their financial issues, I'm not surprised they decided to discontinue their D* carriage.

Don't know who's paying who for Sonic Tap on DirecTV though.


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#42 OFFLINE   ThomasM

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 06:56 PM

This is great news!!

One of the reasons I told Time-Warner Cable to take a hike in 2000 was when they discontinued the DMX music service that the prior operator had (TCI). DMX offered 30 channels of digital music for $5 a month using a separate set-top (or "stereo top") box with a huge remote containing an LCD display that gave the song title and artist!

The programming was excellent with NO obnoxious DJ's or any irksome interruptions at all unlike Sirius-XM. Of course, this "sonic tap" version of DMX might be quite different.

In any event, I resubscribed to Sirius-XM on my home & car radios before the price hike so I'll have BOTH services until into 2011.

Maybe I'll have to dig out one of my old DirecTV receivers and add it back to my account and hook it up to my stereo if sonic tap is really cool...

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:13 PM

will also miss deep tracks ,i sure hope sonlc tap has a progressive rock channel.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:27 PM

DirecTV was paid by XM to carry their music channels. Given their financial issues, I'm not surprised they decided to discontinue their D* carriage.

Don't know who's paying who for Sonic Tap on DirecTV though.


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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:38 PM

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.

Let me tell you what this means:

MORE MUSIC choices for everyone. The new lineup will mean up to 84 music channels. I believe the most any base package currently had was 65, so it's a big jump.

The number of music channels will be dependent on the base package, but every main base package is getting an increase in music channels, including Family. Some will see a larger increase (Premier & Lo Maximo customers will see the largest increase in music channels).

More Variety. You will see a bit more variety now then you did before as well. More genres, including some additional ethnic\national themed channels.

The transition also means no more interruptions (i.e. No DJ interruptions, no more interstitials, no more on-air read commercials).

Net, net, should be a great music choice for customers. More channels, no more interruptions. From an equivalency perspective, for almost every channel that Sirius \ XM had, SonicTap has an equivalent. Whether it's Cinemagic or DeepTracks or everything in between, SonicTap has the same genre of music offerings, the same titles, same artists, etc.

More music channels, more variety, no interruptions. SonicTap has already been with DIRECTV since 2008 offering 10 music channels since then.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:46 PM

This is great news!!

One of the reasons I told Time-Warner Cable to take a hike in 2000 was when they discontinued the DMX music service that the prior operator had (TCI). DMX offered 30 channels of digital music for $5 a month using a separate set-top (or "stereo top") box with a huge remote containing an LCD display that gave the song title and artist!

The programming was excellent with NO obnoxious DJ's or any irksome interruptions at all unlike Sirius-XM. Of course, this "sonic tap" version of DMX might be quite different.

In any event, I resubscribed to Sirius-XM on my home & car radios before the price hike so I'll have BOTH services until into 2011.

Maybe I'll have to dig out one of my old DirecTV receivers and add it back to my account and hook it up to my stereo if sonic tap is really cool...


I already had my R22 QuickTune set to Highway and Prime Country. I had a digital link running from my R22 to my Stereo receiver. I'm pissed. I have 2 XM radios. But enjoy being able to listen to XM in other rooms where my XM isn't.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:51 PM

If anyone is curious exactly WHAT these "replacement" music channels play, go to http://www.dmxmusic.com and choose the DBS channel lineup. You will see the channel names exactly like they appear on the DirecTV web site announcement page. On the DMX web site, you can see what each channel has played in the past hour. Just click on "What's Playing".

I checked this out with the "Latin Jazz" channel which DirecTV already carries and is in my package. Sure enough, the listing on the DMX web site is EXACTLY the songs that were played on the DirecTV "Sonic Tap" Latin Jazz channel!!

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:04 PM

Deep Tracks is a favorite of mine as well...

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:08 PM

I hope there's an equivalent to Bluesville (preferably closer to XM's version of "Bluesville" than SiriusXM's "B.B. King's Bluesville."

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:33 PM

After reading a few links and seeing that there won't really be much of a change, I am indifferent. If it helps my bill stay the same (not go up) I don't mind then.
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:03 PM

That sucks, hope they have holiday music next year like Sirius XM has been providing us. Oh well :(



Here is the DMX Hoildays channels they offer

http://www.dmx.com/samples/ click the hoildays link

i located a 2008 DMX Music Hoilday music Lineup

http://www.dmxmusic..../dbsHoliday.pdf

the DMX Hoilday Favorite seam be simmer to the XM Holly Channel.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:09 PM

This can't be good for Sirius/XM balance sheet.
Odd that John Malone (Liberty Media) just rescued Sirius/XM last year.
Maybe that was just to spite Dish.

Oddly enough, I've really never listened to the music channels on D* much at all. I figure I can listen to my iTunes library (or gasp! LPs!) at home.

I got hooked into XM when I had a free subscription with my new car.
Now have a 2nd receiver in other vehicle and listen to it all the time.

Feel sorry for those who depended on this for their XM fix...

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:36 PM

I hope their 60's and 70's is as good as we now have.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 11:10 PM

ummmm This is what our cable company uses.... Does anyone know why they are getting rid of XM?

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 11:29 PM

1A 1B .They are all the same to me.I haven't listened to more than 20 minutes of XM since they replaced the other music channels.And I never listened to then neither.
I never heard of these guys.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 11:45 PM

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.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:01 AM

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Let me tell you what this means:
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The transition also means no more interruptions (i.e. No DJ interruptions, no more interstitials, no more on-air read commercials).

Net, net, should be a great music choice for customers. More channels, no more interruptions. From an equivalency perspective, for almost every channel that Sirius \ XM had, SonicTap has an equivalent. Whether it's Cinemagic or DeepTracks or everything in between, SonicTap has the same genre of music offerings, the same titles, same artists, etc.


Sorry, not buying the Press Release. Having Bob Dylan and Tom Petty introduce their favorite records and tell stories in between is not an "interruption."

DJ's cost money, and they add value to the programming. When there is a blizzard (like last week) they play a set of songs about storms. When it's a heatwave, the play Summer in the City, etc. No computer generated play list does that.

I seriously doubt the new provider has anything remotely close to what Earle Bailey has created with Deep Tracks. I.E, a trip back to the glory days of free form progressive FM rock radio. If your a serious classic rock fan, interested in the history of popular music, or just miss the days when the late night DJ's could play whatever they wanted, Deep Tracks is the best.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:23 AM

XM has declined for me. More and more and more DJ yak yak yak. I want to listen to music. I liked when I started on XM a few years ago, there was very little yak yak. More than I'd like, yet it was enjoyable. That was what I was leaving FM for--less talk.

Now, too many XM stations are FM without commercials--but wait! They "promote" their other channels. Sounds awfully like commercials to me. Bah.

So I'm looking forward to Sonic Tap. I hope to find programming choices that are exciting without having to yak it down.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:26 AM

Sorry, not buying the Press Release. Having Bob Dylan and Tom Petty introduce their favorite records and tell stories in between is not an "interruption."

DJ's cost money, and they add value to the programming. When there is a blizzard (like last week) they play a set of songs about storms. When it's a heatwave, the play Summer in the City, etc. No computer generated play list does that.

I seriously doubt the new provider has anything remotely close to what Earle Bailey has created with Deep Tracks. I.E, a trip back to the glory days of free form progressive FM rock radio. If your a serious classic rock fan, interested in the history of popular music, or just miss the days when the late night DJ's could play whatever they wanted, Deep Tracks is the best.


Understood....I DJ'd in college at our radio station in Wisconisn. Totally get it. The station told us we had to play from a certain stack each hour, but we also had about 3 songs that were totally up to us. It was great.

However, keep in mind that many subscribers like businesses (private offices), restaurants, doctors offices, etc) do not want ANY interruptions at all. This is also a frequent commentary from some residential customers.

I believe you will be happy with the new music channel equivalents and the additional music offerings that are coming.

Happy Holidays

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:28 AM

Sorry, not buying the Press Release. Having Bob Dylan and Tom Petty introduce their favorite records and tell stories in between is not an "interruption."

DJ's cost money, and they add value to the programming. When there is a blizzard (like last week) they play a set of songs about storms. When it's a heatwave, the play Summer in the City, etc. No computer generated play list does that.

I seriously doubt the new provider has anything remotely close to what Earle Bailey has created with Deep Tracks. I.E, a trip back to the glory days of free form progressive FM rock radio. If your a serious classic rock fan, interested in the history of popular music, or just miss the days when the late night DJ's could play whatever they wanted, Deep Tracks is the best.


I guess I wouldn't mind a few channels that have interesting shows with various personalities as you point out. But every channel? I don't want DJs just for basic music, I just want basic music. :)

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