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I love Directv, but the Sonic Tap really sucks.


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#81 OFFLINE   damondlt

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:51 PM

Thanks, ha ha.

The problem is the probably have marketing people telling them that this is what people want, so that is what they keep trying to do. The problem is, in my experience as an engineer, marketing ends up talking to idiots :lol:.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:44 PM

I have lots of streaming options. Still, we really like having the SonicTap channels available, and we use them often. They're just simple to use - dial in channel, hear unterrupted music of the selected genre.

I know LOTS of people that use the music channels on their TV service. Just because you don't want them, doesn't mean that they need to be taken away from everyone else who does. I'd rather have SonicTap than ESPN, but I bet I pay more for ESPN monthly.

As for "freeing up bandwidth", they don't take up much. They're 32khz (I've analyzed the output), so they're probably 80kbps streams. You could fit 100 music channels in the space of one HD channel. They're so small they likely fit into "dead space".

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:07 PM

What is Sonictap music channels? Just kidding, I don't even have it in my favorites.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

I couldn't even tell you how to find them lol How about if a person wants them pay for them?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

I love the Sonic Tap, oops, I mean DMX, oops, I mean MOOD MEDIA channels!! :lol:

Since Mood Media bought DMX (and Muzak for that matter) last year they have been paying much more attention to the channels freshening them up with new selections all the time. I think the quality on DirecTV is just fine now after they ironed out all the bugs and terrible audio quality it had when it first appeared. I have XM in my car and the audio quality is awful not to mention the irritating blabby DJ's that never seem to say anything worth listening to.

I have listened to the "8-tracks" channel and I don't think it's that bad. It's a refreshing change from the "classic rock" stations that play the same Queen, Eagles, Pink Floyd etc. songs over and over and over.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:06 AM

I wish they made a receiver/software that worked without all the gadgets. #justtv

They used to!!

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

:)

Forgotten all about that noise...


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:57 AM

SonicTap Piano (Ch: 865): No longer exclusively piano music!

 

Please see my post: <http://www.dbstalk.c...ly-piano-music/>

 

 


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 02:32 PM

Nooooooo!



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:05 PM

Dont know if anyone from Directv ever reads this stuff but I have a suggestion. Can we get a couple of the music channels changed to things like ocean or rain sounds for sleep ? We have a couple of cds that are sleep aids . Would be cool if could just flip over to a sonic tap station and play something to help relax and fall asleep.

I see 884 tranquility on the online guide but it says channle not available on my box. Its listed uner ultimate package which I have .Is 884 up ?


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:32 PM

884 requires a dish that has access to the 119 slot like a slimline 5.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:10 AM

884 requires a dish that has access to the 119 slot like a slimline 5.

If you're a premier subscriber there are somewhere between 23 and 30 Sonic Tap channels you aren't getting if you have an SL3.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:24 AM

If you're a premier subscriber there are somewhere between 23 and 30 Sonic Tap channels you aren't getting if you have an SL3.

do you have a list to back that claim?


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:29 AM

It's 17 channels:
Rat Pack
Holidays & Happenings (outside of Christmas)
Groove Lounge
Jazz
Metro Blend
Great Standards
PUMP!
Piano
Fiesta Tropical
Regional Mexican
Mariachi
Carnaval Brasileiro
Familiar Favorites
Italian Bistro Blend
Italian Contemporary
Irish
Tranquility

Outside of the Latino ones, the rest of these are former commercial subscriber only channels that became available to residential subscribers a few years ago. All you need to do is call and they'll arrange for a LNB swap if you can get LOS to 119.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:18 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've never even listened to Sonic.  

 

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 12:11 PM

My beef with DirecTV's music channels was that they carried the stations in tiers. These are low-bandwidth channels that could be provided to all customers easily.

 

I've got FiOS TV now and all 49 Music Choice channels are available in all tiers. We like classical music and typically listen to KUSC, an all-classical station in LA. However when KUSC is having a pledge drive we switch to one of the two classical channels available with Music Choice.

 

And, yes, we do support KUSC with a donation each year.


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:50 PM

My beef with DirecTV's music channels was that they carried the stations in tiers. These are low-bandwidth channels that could be provided to all customers easily.

 

I've got FiOS TV now and all 49 Music Choice channels are available in all tiers. We like classical music and typically listen to KUSC, an all-classical station in LA. However when KUSC is having a pledge drive we switch to one of the two classical channels available with Music Choice.

 

And, yes, we do support KUSC with a donation each year.

 

It may not require much bandwidth, but the licensing for the music isn't free. Directv probably puts it in a tier to allow the bottom package to be cheaper, especially since these days most people prefer options where they have their own music playlist instead of listening to someone else's.


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:01 PM

It may not require much bandwidth, but the licensing for the music isn't free. Directv probably puts it in a tier to allow the bottom package to be cheaper, especially since these days most people prefer options where they have their own music playlist instead of listening to someone else's.

 

Not me. I'm sick to death of my own playlists. I have started to listen to the music channels more, not less, now. Helps broaden my horizons, musically.  On the other hand, it's not so important as to generate a post like Mr. Piano man's  :rotfl:


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:59 PM

Not me. I'm sick to death of my own playlists. I have started to listen to the music channels more, not less, now. Helps broaden my horizons, musically.  On the other hand, it's not so important as to generate a post like Mr. Piano man's  :rotfl:

Billy Joel??

 

Anyhow, doesn't Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm, Apple Radio fill the bill on showing you new music if prompted? With higher bitrates, likely, too. 


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 06:05 PM

It's 17 channels:
 

That is a lot different than 30 channels that some one claimed!


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