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How has Pandora changed your viewing habits?


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:32 AM

If you've got the latest software for your HD DVR you will be able to use Pandora right though your TV. All it takes is an internet connection. Are you using it? Is it working well for you?
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:40 AM

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It saved me from having to purchase three new Blu-Ray/DVD Players (or other hardware), so I can have Pandora in other rooms of my house.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:40 AM

Hi Stuart.

In one day, I listened to more music on DirecTV through Pandora than in 5 years combined through the 800 channels.

It's a great addition.

No, the audio is not perfect, and the occasional advertisment is a bit irritating.

But 2 of my favorite artists are the not-so-mainstream Ivy and Zero 7, so creating channels that bounce off those 2 made for several hours of fun listening, finding several new artists I would not have otherwise.

I've subscribed to MOG on my home computer ( $5 per month ), and in a week or so, I may decide to cancel that service.

It's a very nice addition to DirecTV's offering.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:46 AM

Its a great addition. We've used it nearly everyday since it was available. I think the audio quality is very good. The ads are not as intrusive as I thought they would be. Usually play it in the background of hockey games and will do the same during baseball season....:)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:46 AM

As with the music channels, I find Pandora to not be of any value to me whatsoever. I just don't crank up my home theater to listen to rather poor quality music.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:59 AM

I had been using PlayOn for Pandora access via the STB's already but it's nice to have the native support added.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:14 AM

It is a nice feature which I have used more than once but if they took it away tomorrow, I wouldn't miss it..

The one thing I would like to see changed is a way to enable a instant screen saver. I would just as soon not have the channel in the background..

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:21 AM

Do not use Pandora. Another useless service from my point of view. Glad my increased fees are covering something someone can use.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:27 AM

My ISP imposes a surcharge if I exceed 150 GB per month. My current usage never exceeds 20-25 GB. How data intensive is Pandora or what might an hour of Pandora be in data download?

I enjoy the service and appreciate its addition.

Thanks.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:28 AM

Do not use Pandora. Another useless service from my point of view. Glad my increased fees are covering something someone can use.


Pandora certainly wasn't a driving factor of the increases. Very possibly channels you don't care about or watch, but not Pandora. Considering you can buy a Blu-Ray player for under $80 with a lot of other services along with Pandora, it can't be all that expensive to license.

As for me, it will be a welcome addition once I get the software since I lost access to the Jazz Sonic Tap channel. This way I don't have to switch over to my Roku.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:34 AM

My ISP imposes a surcharge if I exceed 150 GB per month. My current usage never exceeds 20-25 GB. How data intensive is Pandora or what might an hour of Pandora be in data download?

I enjoy the service and appreciate its addition.

Thanks.


At 128kbps, I believe an hour is about 60 meg.

#12 OFFLINE   Jon J

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:44 AM

At 128kbps, I believe an hour is about 60 meg.

Thanks. Looks like I could almost listen 24/7 and still be okay. ;)
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:50 AM

I don't know that it changed my viewing habits.

I can watch the news and stream music through my DVR again a plus.

Pandora is big improvement over SonicTap IMHO.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:15 AM

My ISP imposes a surcharge if I exceed 150 GB per month. My current usage never exceeds 20-25 GB. How data intensive is Pandora or what might an hour of Pandora be in data download?

I enjoy the service and appreciate its addition.

Thanks.


Pandora streams mp3's at no more than 128kbps, and it's too early to do math for me. But I think you'd have to be streaming 3 or 4 different accounts 24/7 to even start to notice the throughput.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

Welcome addition!

Pandora certainly wasn't a driving factor of the increases. Very possibly channels you don't care about or watch, but not Pandora. Considering you can buy a Blu-Ray player for under $80 with a lot of other services along with Pandora, it can't be all that expensive to license.


I'd be surprised if DIRECTV® paid or pays a nickel for Pandora other than some dev. costs to install the software to make it possible.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

It hasn't changed my habits, but it's changed the steps that I have to go through to play Pandora while watching a game.

I had activities in my Harmony remotes for watching DirecTV and for streaming through my Roku, but I created another activity that sets the tv input to DirecTV and the audio input to the Roku.

Start Roku activity and tune Pandora. Start the watch/listen activity and tune to game. It worked really well, but having it added to the DVR makes the solution much more workable. Changing Pandora stations is much easier.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:34 AM

Welcome addition!

I'd be surprised if DIRECTV® paid or pays a nickel for Pandora other than some dev. costs to install the software to make it possible.


The rumor is that Pandora gives a revenue cut for the inclusion. No idea how accurate it is, but D* didn't pay Pandora a dime for this. At the very least, Pandora did a one time payment and then worked on the app.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:34 AM

I'll never use it. I don't want to turn on the TV to listen to music. That's what the radio is for.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

Welcome addition!



I'd be surprised if DIRECTV® paid or pays a nickel for Pandora other than some dev. costs to install the software to make it possible.


Probably right. I wasn't sure, so assumed worst case. But looking at their third quarter statement, the only thing listed under revenue is advertising and subscriptions.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

I'll never use it. I don't want to turn on the TV to listen to music. That's what the radio is for.


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