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Does anyone wish DirecTV would bring back Sirius XM?


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Poll: Do you want Sirius XM back? (496 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you want Sirius XM back?

  1. Yes, bring back Sirius XM (402 votes [81.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 81.05%

  2. No, keep Sonic Tap (94 votes [18.95%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.95%

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#76 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:11 AM

The problem isn't Sonic Tap but DirecTV which is streaming the music at a very low bps rate. It sounds like 96 bps at the most.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:03 AM

Didn't vote, don't care, don't use either.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

All the rock channels on Sirius (there IS no XM any longer) sound exactly the same. It's become a waste of bandwidth.


I don't think there would be much of a gain in bandwidth by getting rid of them though, and they aren't on satellites that provide HD content as far as I know.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:50 AM

On just about every. Listen to something other then college rock for 10 minutes.

80,s 90,s so much crap that never even made it to radio.


Okay, I took the damondlt challenge and listened to '80s Hits (805). I even did more than 10 minutes -- actually, about 25-30 minutes. Here's what I heard:

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step"
George Michael, "Faith"
Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone"
Richard Marx, "Should've Known Better"
Klymaxx, "I Miss You"
Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"

Now, it's a matter of personal taste whether any of those songs count as "crap," but they're definitely all hits that were played on the radio in the 1980s. Some of them incessantly, as I recall.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

Not sure how to vote, with DirecTV now offering access to Pandora I would have no objection to them getting rid of music channels all together.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:08 PM

Perhaps another instance of a poll not having enough- or the right- options....
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:19 PM

only if SiriusXM add the talk radio like Maddog Radio or Howard Stern Radio, i know its unlikely

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:19 PM

Not sure how to vote, with DirecTV now offering access to Pandora I would have no objection to them getting rid of music channels all together.


Pandora sounds good but comes with commercials. The Sonic Tap channels are commercial free.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:32 PM

I don't participate in public polls. Next time, keep it private.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:41 PM

Okay, I took the damondlt challenge and listened to '80s Hits (805). I even did more than 10 minutes -- actually, about 25-30 minutes. Here's what I heard:

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step"
George Michael, "Faith"
Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone"
Richard Marx, "Should've Known Better"
Klymaxx, "I Miss You"
Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"

Now, it's a matter of personal taste whether any of those songs count as "crap," but they're definitely all hits that were played on the radio in the 1980s. Some of them incessantly, as I recall.

You listed about 30 minutes of songs, What about the other 23 1/2 hours?;)

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:18 PM

Okay, I took the damondlt challenge and listened to '80s Hits (805). I even did more than 10 minutes -- actually, about 25-30 minutes. Here's what I heard:

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step"
George Michael, "Faith"
Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone"
Richard Marx, "Should've Known Better"
Klymaxx, "I Miss You"
Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"

Now, it's a matter of personal taste whether any of those songs count as "crap," but they're definitely all hits that were played on the radio in the 1980s. Some of them incessantly, as I recall.


Wow, I grew up in the 80s and have heard of 3 of those artists, but none of those songs. Maybe if I heard them.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:23 PM

Three was my recollection as well...but I remember the 3 songs. I also lived watching MTV (when they used to show music). I know just about every song played on my XM 80's channel. Pandora is good for hearing music, especially current music, that you may not have heard before tho. I do like Pandora.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:31 PM

Okay, I took the damondlt challenge and listened to '80s Hits (805). I even did more than 10 minutes -- actually, about 25-30 minutes. Here's what I heard:

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step"
George Michael, "Faith"
Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone"
Richard Marx, "Should've Known Better"
Klymaxx, "I Miss You"
Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"

Now, it's a matter of personal taste whether any of those songs count as "crap," but they're definitely all hits that were played on the radio in the 1980s. Some of them incessantly, as I recall.


I was on the radio in the 80's and I played all of these -- a lot. Some of them still get played a lot. All bona fide 80's hits.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:28 AM

Wow, I grew up in the 80s and have heard of 3 of those artists, but none of those songs. Maybe if I heard them.


We'll chalk it up to you would remember if you heard them. "Faith" by George Michael was the #1 song of 1988.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

I'd love to see XM come back - doubt it will.

I listen to it all day for work. XM actually sounded better over DirecTV then it does coming from XM/ SIRIUS satellites. I think DirecTV provided more bandwidth - less compression -
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:31 AM

You listed about 30 minutes of songs, What about the other 23 1/2 hours?;)


You said "listen to something other than college rock for 10 minutes," and I believe I have fulfilled that obligation. I'm not listening to anything for 24 hours straight. :D
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

if they do, please add the talk channels also!


They can't add talk channels. I don't know why.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:04 PM

They can't add talk channels. I don't know why.


oh, well, then XM/ SIRIUS is waste to me. why would add XM/ SIRIUS anyways they got Pandora

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:22 PM

80,s 90,s so much crap that never even made it to radio.

Okay, I took the damondlt challenge and listened to '80s Hits (805). I even did more than 10 minutes -- actually, about 25-30 minutes. Here's what I heard:

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step"
George Michael, "Faith"
Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone"
Richard Marx, "Should've Known Better"
Klymaxx, "I Miss You"
Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"


Off the top of my head their peak billboard top 40 chart positions were....

"Every Little Step" #3
"Faith" #1
"Twilight Zone" #10
"Should've Known Better" #1
"I Miss You" #5
"Hands to Heaven" #2
"You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" #12
"Man in the Mirror" #1

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:26 PM

what is maximum range of satellite for good picture view?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:42 PM

They can't add talk channels. I don't know why.


The talk shows are syndicated shows where Sirius XM has a license to rebroadcast on their service. The music channels are Sirius XM produced. They would need additional permission from each talk show producer to be able to rebroadcast via other service providers.
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

what is maximum range of satellite for good picture view?


well they are (as I understand it) in geosynchronous orbit but I am sure someone will correct me, so they are about 22,500 miles high and any satellite that is not directly above you is further away.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:09 AM

I would prefer they just drop all the music channels. I know they don't take up much space, but you know DirecTV is paying something to carry them. Save that money and spend it on something else. While they're at it they can drop Pandora, YouTube, Media Share and all that other stuff too. If I want that stuff I'll use the services built into my iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Blu-Ray player or TV. That also means it frees up those programmers to concentrate on getting the core functionality of the unit back up to snuff and work on better features that actuall matter to me as a DirecTV cutomer like TV anywhere, Nomad updates/apps for other devices, bigger On-Demand selection, etc.

Now days if people want to listen to music they can use Pandora, Slacker, or any of the other streaming sites, satellite radio, HD radio, or good old FM. I would rather my TV provider worry about giving me access to TV stations not music. I find it hard to believe that they would lose many customers over dropping them either.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

The problem isn't Sonic Tap but DirecTV which is streaming the music at a very low bps rate. It sounds like 96 bps at the most.


You'd better check your setup.

Sonic Tap (DMX) streams music at MP3-320 rate and DirecTV does little to downgrade that since it takes so little bandwidth compared to a video channel. I think the present Sonic Tap quality is excellent and runs rings around Sirius/XM's ultra-compressed audio.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

I was on the radio in the 80's and I played all of these -- a lot. Some of them still get played a lot. All bona fide 80's hits.


After reading the absurd comments about unknown records being played on the Sonic Tap (DMX) 80's channel, I listened for awhile with my trusty "Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles" book nearby.

I looked up each song as it was played and most of them were in the top 30 but EVERY SONG WAS LISTED meaning it was played on radio since Whitburn's book is taken from the Billboard Hot 100 charts which were (and probably still are) based on radio airplay.

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