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Confirmed: Sirius/XM Is Leaving DIRECTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by scott0702, Dec 24, 2009.

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  1. paulman182

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    My wife is very unhappy with this impending change as she will lose her favorite XM personalities.
     
  2. Richierich

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    I too am sick and tired of hearing them promote themselves and other channels while telling me they are Free of Advertising. I bought XM Radio for one reason and one reason alone, I hate commercials and do not want someone screaming at me trying to sell me a car or whatever and now they are creeping back towards commercialization.

    They are doing it gradually to get you used to hearing them talk and then before you know it they will be doing more and more commercials as they need the revenue and if they can sneak it by us then they will do it.

    The Bottom Line controls everything and almost everybody.
     
  3. bidger

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    Question is, will she be unhappy enough that she subscribes to Sirius X-M, or does she already and that's her "at home" option?
     
  4. dog6869

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    Since Serucks has taken over XM with what seems like in is ran by 8 and 9 year olds.. I am very tried of all the HAYY CHATTER HEY CHATTER and station that play the same artiest over and over again.. Lets get XM back and some adults to run the place .. I miss Beyond Jazz and XM music lab.. I do not need 24X7 AC/DC or some guy called Bruce singing what’s sounds like dyeing cats in the back ally....
     
  5. xtc

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    are you F'n serious? your bill will NEVER go down, only up. If you want your bill to go down, subscribe to a lower package. DirecTV only increases prices, not decreases.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

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    Actually, SonicTap is supposed to be more desirable due to no commercials (ever!) and fewer other interruptions, so the thought is that it increases value, not decreases it.
     
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    I think what will make SonicTap more or less desirable is the actual programming they provide - The songs they play....I think it will be hard to make up for programming losses such as Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio, the Petty show, or Earle Bailey's programming, but we'll give it a shot.

    In looking at some of the names of the stations SonicTap has, it appears that they could be trying to emulate the XM stations. That's sort of creepy....
     
  8. dishrich

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    NOT even close - again, all Sonic Tap really is, is rebranded DMX service.
    Go to their website - most, if not all of the channel names DMX has had long before Sirius or XM came.
    They have also been on many cable lineups for years now.
    That's actually something else I like about DMX - they don't keep constantly changing things around. Music Choice does it & some of their changes I have NOT been happy about, either.
     
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    The people running XM made a lot of stupid deals before they were shown the door after the Sirius buyout/merger, but even so, I doubt very much that they were paying DirecTV to carry their channels. That sounds like something you read on the internet and repeated as if it was a fact. I'd like to see a reliable source saying that XM was paying DirecTV.
     
  10. cartrivision

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    You've got it all wrong. They paid Stern $100 million a year because of the millions of subscribers that he could and did attract despite the fact that he gets about 3x more days off than a typical radio personality (which doesn't come out to anywhere near 200 days... and that 3x number ignores the fact that he's on the air at least 25% more hours each day than most other radio personalities, effectively reducing his time off to about 2x compared to to others... far from anything that could be considered shockingly excessive for the biggest and most successful personality in the industry).

    But regardless of those facts, don't expect any big changes in costs at the subscriber level if they stop spending $100 million per year on Stern. That $100 per year spent on Stern comes out to about one penny per day per subscriber, and if they stop spending that penny per day per subscriber on Stern and lose more than one million subscribers as a result, they won't be saving any money whatsoever, so subscriber costs will have to go up faster as a result.

    Sirius/XM's money problems have nothing to do with the $100 million per year that they pay Stern, but more to do with the other $3 billion dollars of debt that they have and would have even without Stern. Stern is a net gain for them... a big net gain. How do you think Sirius went from the second place loser satellite radio company (with only 600,000 subscribers when they signed Stern) to the company with a bigger market capitalization that bought out XM in the "merger"?
     
  11. cartrivision

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    That's not XM's presentation, it's DirecTV's presentation, and it will continue to be the same as long as Sonic Tap provides song info to DirecTV... it already is the same on the Sonic Tap channels that DirecTV already carries.
     
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    Whether or not O&A stay with Sirius/XM is irrelevant. History has demonstrated that Opie and Anthony aren't exactly the cure for not having Stern. They proved that first on satellite radio when XM hired them after passing on Stern, and again more recently on FM radio where they were handed most of Stern's old terrestrial radio markets and then were slowly but systematically dropped from every single one of them.
     
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    tiger2005

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    Couldn't agree with you more, but I'm sure very few others will. They don't want to look at the facts that Stern was an incredibly smart signing for Sirius because he's the only one that actually brought subscribers (millions of 'em). If Sirius/XM had been smart, they WOULDN'T have inked the incredibly stupid deals with Oprah, etc. that barely brought any subscribers as a result.
     
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    Reggie3

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    I just hope SonicTap hired the old djs from XM who were fired - never liked the new format under Sirius
     
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    Tom Servo

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    SonicTap is like MusicChoice - no DJs or interruptions whatsoever.
     
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    Richierich

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    I left FM Radio for two reasons:

    (1) Terrible Loud Obnoxious Commercials
    (2) DJs that thought they were so funny and just loved to hear themselves talk and laugh when I just wanted to listen to Music.

    Now that Sirius has taken over XM Radio I am hearing more and more DJ talk and then they slip in that I should go to so and so's concert which is a paid plug. This is not why I paid to become an XM Radio listener. I want to listen to MUSIC and MUCIC alone, not talk, no matter how cute or informative you may think it is.
     
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    Tom Servo

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    Well, XM fought the good fight and still lost because Sirius got the bigger talent. What gets my goat is that people who are Sirius subscribers apparently LIKE all the chatter or they wouldn't keep subscribing. It makes no sense to me, as a XM sub, but we lost that battle.
     
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    Richierich

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    I think some people are Lonely and Insecure and that Idle Chatter makes them feel like someone is actually talking to them. It is the same reasoning that some people have to constantly be on their cell phones talking to someone. They need to feel loved and communication with someone else is enabling and gives them that warm and fuzzy feeling of comfort.

    I don't need idle chatter or gossip I need MUSIC and that is what I thought I was paying for. The Privilege of Not Having To Listen To Idiots Who Think They Are Cool Or Funny. I want MUSIC!!!

    If I wanted Funny I would tune to the Comedy Channel!!! :lol:
     
  19. Jan 3, 2010 #179 of 508
    loudo

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    Good if you don't like DJs and bad if you do. As we prefer the DJs it looks like we will be doing more Internet radio streaming to Media Share.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    Personally - I could live without the music channels being offered on DirecTV entirely....if muisc is what I seek, there are plenty of ways to have it delivered here. I'd love to see them use the bandwidth for something else.

    That said, for those folks who need their music "fix"...I suspect the new offering will be just fine.
     
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