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#21 OFFLINE   Dude111

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

It appears that DirecTV is the only provider that tiers their music channels.

Yes its stupid.... Nothing really that good ... THEY SHOULD OFFER THEM ALL ON ONE TIER!!

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#22 OFFLINE   zimm7778

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

Well I was going to go see what this channel was. But I'm not getting 815. Guess I'm not seeing 119.

#23 OFFLINE   spartanstew

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

There's no such thing as Halloween Music.

There's a few Halloween Songs, perhaps, but that's it.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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#24 OFFLINE   tulanejosh

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

With Pandora you can get everything you could possibly want without worrying about what bird a channel is on or what time of year it is or what package you have.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:54 AM

With Pandora you can get everything you could possibly want without worrying about what bird a channel is on or what time of year it is or what package you have.


True. But keep in mind a sizable portion of DirecTV subscribers don't have access to high speed internet.

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#26 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:36 AM

There's no such thing as Halloween Music.


Yes there is...


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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:26 AM

True. But keep in mind a sizable portion of DirecTV subscribers don't have access to high speed internet.


How did you come up with that assessment?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:36 AM

True. But keep in mind a sizable portion of DirecTV subscribers don't have access to high speed internet.


Pandora doesn't need broadband. Nice to have, but not necessary. What percentage of subs don't have high speed? I'm not questioning that it's sizable, just what size and what source?
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:38 AM

How did you come up with that assessment?


Through DirecTV employees and personal experience. I live in a very rural area. Nearest city is 22 miles from my location. My home is located off a state highway. Cable didn't reach us until 2010 and only because it was expanded on the state highway and nowhere else in my area.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:19 AM

I just called Directv services about the lack of Halloween music on their Holiday's & Happenings channel. I am currently getting pop music and not holiday music as the channel advertises it plays. Customer service indicates that the programming has not yet updated and will between now and Thanksgiving. So I guess they might start playing Halloween music on Thanksgiving. :nono2:

I recommend all Directv subscribers to contact customer support requesting them to play what they advertise they will play on channel 815.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:24 AM

How did you come up with that assessment?


A fairly large portion of Dish and DirecTV subscribers are in rural areas, or in areas without cable. Many of these areas also don't offer a lot in the way of internet connections. I have a relative in Arkansas that has DirecTV, plus a few radios with Sirius in the house.... but no option but dial-up for Internet. It is a widespread community of about 500 people, and only a few (closer to the railroad that runs there and where the local telco office is) can get a DSL connection. No one runs cable services there.

Sure, these are small communities.... but start adding up the small communities, and you come to a surprising amount of DirecTV (and Dish) customers.

No wonder I see Hughesnet commercials all the time on DirecTV.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:34 AM

I recommend all Directv subscribers to contact customer support requesting them to play what they advertise they will play on channel 815.


You DO have to know that DirecTV is only leasing channels from SonicTap, which is DMX Music, and completely independent from DirecTV. And it is they who determine the content of the music channels, not DirecTV.

Complaining to DirecTV about it, is just as effective as complaining to DirecTV that the TNT channel isn't showing your favorite Halloween movie tonight. DirecTV doesn't have ANY influence in this case. At least not on short notice.

DMX Music, by the way... does not only operate SonicTap (which besides DirecTV, is also available through C-Band and some local, small cable operators), they are also operate the business version of Pandora. (Which might explain why it is available on DirecTV).

In any case, calling DirecTV about it.... is probably a waste of time.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:30 PM

So Direct TV I guess has no say on weather Halloween Music will play on the holiday channel.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

You DO have to know that DirecTV is only leasing channels from SonicTap, which is DMX Music, and completely independent from DirecTV. And it is they who determine the content of the music channels, not DirecTV.

Complaining to DirecTV about it, is just as effective as complaining to DirecTV that the TNT channel isn't showing your favorite Halloween movie tonight. DirecTV doesn't have ANY influence in this case. At least not on short notice.

DMX Music, by the way... does not only operate SonicTap (which besides DirecTV, is also available through C-Band and some local, small cable operators), they are also operate the business version of Pandora. (Which might explain why it is available on DirecTV).

In any case, calling DirecTV about it.... is probably a waste of time.



Thanks Maartena. You are right of course and I should have realized this and frankly feel a bit ashamed for failing to do so.

I did contact DMX Music as you suggested. They were very nice, but the indicated that this channel will only play Christmas Music starting after Thanksgiving. I did ask DMX about the text in the more info window indicating among others that Halloween music would be played. DMX indicated that Directv is responsible for the text contained in the information window, so I suppose Directv needs to fix the text to accurately display what subscribers can expect to hear.

With that being said, I am still a bit disappointed with the outcome of this. I have been a long time customer of Directv (mostly because of the Sunday ticket) and have enjoyed many years of great Halloween music on Halloween.

At least I have Pandora (while not as good as the previous programming on Directv, still pretty good). I hope this posts answers others who have wondered the same.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:24 PM

How did you come up with that assessment?


I don't know but he is right. I don't have conventional high speed internet but I have lots of DirecTV receivers! I use an air card wireless modem from Sprint which isn't compatible with DirecTV (or Pandora).

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

I fully agree that the rural customers typically don't have high speed internet (or at least any good options). However, I would argue that when you combine all of the rural customers nationwide, they do not even start to become a "sizable portion" of DirecTV's 20+ million customers.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:52 AM

well, holidays and happenings is playing christmas music on channel 801 & 815

hope to see more christmas music on other channels in the coming days...

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