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I love Directv, but the Sonic Tap really sucks.


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#51 OFFLINE   cypherx

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

I would like to see the Music channels fade away, and Just make Pandora the option. But I know the Non HR customers would be upset


I would say bring Pandora to the regular HD set tops as well. But then again the people without high speed internet connected to their DirecTV system would be SOL.

The bandwidth it takes for all of the audio channels is pretty slim that savings from removing it would negate the revenue lost from commercial muisc packages or people going to other sat services for a round package that includes music.

With the MTV's of today's generation no longer playing music videos (Except for a small block on Palladia in the wee hours of the morning), having music available is a welcome addition to the lineup.

Sometimes its just easy to quick put a sonic tap station when doing things around the house.

We do sometimes search YouTube for music videos, but DirecTV (or YouTube not sure who) filters a lot of the sponsored music videos from VEVO. Many search results in live performances or covers. Thus, I'd love a VEVO app right on DirecTV so I don't have to go down in the Family room and watch it through xbox. Plus searching on YouTube is a pain. If only we could use a QWERTY keyboard through our phone or ipad to type in DirecTV's search screens. I haven't texted on a number pad since the days of the Nokia 6190 in late 90's early 2000's. It's like riding a bike, I can do it... but surely QWERTY would be more efficient.

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#52 OFFLINE   bakerfall

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:29 AM

An apple TV, airplay and 13000 songs in iTunes match, I never use Sonic Tap. I do subscribe to Sirius XM and the online quality is great, easily airplayed through the apple TV.

To each their own, I'm just a bit surprised at the # of people that use the music channels so heavily given the large number of ways to get music that you have far more control over.
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#53 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

An apple TV, airplay and 13000 songs in iTunes match, I never use Sonic Tap. I do subscribe to Sirius XM and the online quality is great, easily airplayed through the apple TV.

To each their own, I'm just a bit surprised at the # of people that use the music channels so heavily given the large number of ways to get music that you have far more control over.


Number of people? Based on a handful of comments here, or some other cite of a site?

Do you know the bit rate of Sirius online?
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

Good point above. Followed almost immediately below by proof of said point:



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That's exactly why I told my brother in law to stay away from this site if he has a problem with his Direct. To many jerks that love to pounce on people with problems and say its whining. Try doing that in the real world to people. :nono2:
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

That's exactly why I told my brother in law to stay away from this site if he has a problem with his Direct. To many jerks that love to pounce on people with problems and say its whining. Try doing that in the real world to people. :nono2:


Oh get real. It's one thing when people post a issue they're having and ask for help. It's another when they post to blame and complain rather than look for cause. :rolleyes:
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

Oh get real. It's one thing when people post a issue they're having and ask for help. It's another when they post to blame and complain rather than look for cause. :rolleyes:


Right like I've never seen you guys pounce on a guy when he has a had a problem with customer service or with contracts extended. :rolleyes: My brother in law has the PP and had a receiver replaced when it died. Come to find out they extended his contract. If he would of post here about that it would have been open season and you know it.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

Right like I've never seen you guys pounce on a guy when he has a had a problem with customer service or with contracts extended. :rolleyes: My brother in law has the PP and had a receiver replaced when it died. Come to find out they extended his contract. If he would of post here about that it would have been open season and you know it.


I'll say it again. It's one thing when someone has a issue and asks for help. I've never seen people pounce on them. It's another thing when they post to blame and complain. They are the ones who get pounced on and rightly so. :rolleyes:
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

I'll say it again. It's one thing when someone has a issue and asks for help. I've never seen people pounce on them. It's another thing when they post to blame and complain. They are the ones who get pounced on and rightly so. :rolleyes:


It's never rightfully so. No one has to do that. Try being an adult. If you don't like those threads don't read them or post in them. The thing is you love them. You can't wait to jump right in on someone. That right there is the truth and its sad. :nono:
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

OK, let's tone it down, please. The best part of this forum is that people can express their opinions without being attacked.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

It's never rightfully so. No one has to do that. Try being an adult. If you don't like those threads don't read them or post in them. The thing is you love them. You can't wait to jump right in on someone. That right there is the truth and its sad. :nono:


You're wrong and these two threads will prove it. 13 Mar 2013 "Sound Delay Issues", 16 Mar 2013 "Cannot Program Remote With Samsung TV". ;)
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:30 PM

You're wrong and these two threads will prove it. 13 Mar 2013 "Sound Delay Issues", 16 Mar 2013 "Cannot Program Remote With Samsung TV". ;)


I'm done and you go on ignore just like the other guys. I guess I can tell people to come here and who to put on ignore to start. Problem solved! :D

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:33 PM

I'm done and you go on ignore just like the other guys. I guess I can tell people to come here and who to put on ignore to start. Problem solved! :D


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

.......The best part of this forum is that people can express their opinions without being attacked.


You got to be smoking something funny if you believe that. You must have broad shoulders and the ability to grin and bare it when you post and opinion at dbstalk. The forum can be very helpful and supportive for tech stuff, but don't ever let an opinion slip out. Because you will be pounced into submission. IMHO.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:32 PM

You got to be smoking something funny if you believe that. You must have broad shoulders and the ability to grin and bare it when you post and opinion at dbstalk. The forum can be very helpful and supportive for tech stuff, but don't ever let an opinion slip out. Because you will be pounced into submission. IMHO.

Thanks for your service as moderator.


Please don't ask Stuart to bare it! But he does have broad shoulders, and can manage all sorts of miscreant behavior, bearing up with aplomb. But those who come to provoke, or tilt at windmills with attitude, do tend to get pummeled.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:37 PM

Please don't ask Stuart to bare it! But he does have broad shoulders, and can manage all sorts of miscreant behavior, bearing up with aplomb. But those who come to provoke, or tilt at windmills with attitude, do tend to get pummeled.

Peace out!


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:43 AM

Then you have those that make the mistake of saying something is Directs fault. Oh boy they come in droves for that. Like I said before.... my brother in law has the PP and had his DVR died. They replaced it and extended his contract. If he would have posted that and said it was Directs fault it would have been open season on him.

What is unbelievable is the people that say they hate the threads that provoke and then post in them every time. Now that deserves a :nono2:

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:31 AM

Oh, I don't go that far, it is a helpful forum (that is populated with some very dedicated fans) :D

That's exactly why I told my brother in law to stay away from this site if he has a problem with his Direct. To many jerks that love to pounce on people with problems and say its whining. Try doing that in the real world to people. :nono2:


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:10 AM

You just have to know how to use the appropriate resources on the Internet. Can we talk about Sonic Tap or other music like replacements / additions to this type of feature on DirecTV?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:17 AM

OK, let's tone it down, please. The best part of this forum is that people can express their opinions without being attacked.

Um OK :lol:

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:46 AM

It would be nice to be able to reliably stream music from a PC or Media server through DirecTV receivers but it would seem that isn't going to happen.

I don't mind the content so much with Sonic but I don't like the low bit rate... The quality is too low when I can just stream audio from my computer using simple devices like Popcorn Hour and others at much higher bit rate.

As for people posting opinions and troubles and then being pounded for it goes - happens quite often I think. But - generally it is the same people that pile on - mostly in defense of DirecTV for some reason but not always. Because it is usually the same people it is easy to ignore them. I think the majority of people here are just fine and help whenever they can. It's a few very vocal bad seeds that cause the trouble.

I could post some PMs that I've been sent that could offend even the most crass of sailors! No skin off my nose - I've got more important things to worry about than anonymous bullies getting thrills off of beating people up on the Internet! Makes me wonder if some people have nothing better to do than to attempt to tear down strangers on the Internet. Quite sad really!

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

My Yamaha AVR has airplay streaming so I can sling basically any audio output from my iPhone or iPad to it. So I have the whole App Store at my fingertips (slacker, pandora, last fm, spotify, tunein, shout cast, YouTube, VEVO, etc..)
My AVR is in the family room with an H24. In the regular living room I have the DVR (HR24) so I use Pandora or if I want to be quick, SonicTap.

It would be pretty neat if apple airplay would make its way into media share. I wonder what the license costs would be? Shouldn't be too much as I paid $299 for my AVR and that has it... Along with being a full featured AVR with NetRadio stations and ip control as well.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:54 AM

Oh, I don't go that far, it is a helpful forum (that is populated with some very dedicated fans) :D


Nail on the head!:D

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:59 AM

My issue is I want DirecTV receivers to be as responsive as Dish Network receivers. What would be the cause and solution?:lol:

Just a little joke! I know the answer!


There's a thread on that already.

But what would ya'll think about Airplay streaming? That opens you up to thousands of potential audio apps from the iTunes Store. The iPad already talks to the HR's and H receivers as a remote.

Does google have an equivalent to airplay for android devices?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:45 AM

There's a thread on that already.

But what would ya'll think about Airplay streaming? That opens you up to thousands of potential audio apps from the iTunes Store. The iPad already talks to the HR's and H receivers as a remote.

Does google have an equivalent to airplay for android devices?


I wouldn't use airplay personally but I can see that Apple users would certainly benefit from it. My only objection would be that it will add more code, more possible troubles, likely even slow things down more than we have to put up with now.

There are Airplay look-a-likes for Android. More info here:

http://www.knowyourm...ay-apps-android

Although I wouldn't use those either....

Streaming to things like Apple TV, Roku, Popcorn Hour etc just seem to make sense. They generally give you more control, more options for media and are pretty cheap.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

Discuss the topic and not each other. If you have nothing to contribute to the topic then don't post.

I'm just sayin'

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