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Do you subscribe to XM Radio outside your DTV subscription?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by MikeekiM, Apr 10, 2008.

Do you subscribe to XM Radio outside of your DTV subscription?

  1. Nope - Why pay for something you already have?

    0 vote(s)
  2. Yes - I pay for it because of SQ and/or Receiver Integration

    119 vote(s)
  3. Yes - I like to listen to XM in my car

    15 vote(s)
  4. Other (Explain)

    214 vote(s)
  1. Thaedron

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    I wish DirecTV could find some channel numbering convention that would allow at least some mapping to what the XM channel number is.

    Maybe put all the XM channels in the 2000 range so they wouldn't match exactly, but XM 123 would be at DirecTV 2123.
  2. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    I don't sub to XM or Sirius only because I'm a die hard Internet radio fan.

    I listen while in the car with my PDA connected to my radio. In many cases audio quality is superior to XM or Sirius.

    Only a matter of time before everyone has the ability to do this with little or no cost.
  3. wilsonc

    wilsonc Legend

    Aug 22, 2006
    I have been an XM Subscriber since November of 2001.
  4. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    They don't have anything I need elsewhere. In fact, with Media Share, I rarely use XM even at home. I have a Treo 755, so using the hands free kit, I have music, phone, everything while I am driving. I use Replay A/V to record Rush every day at home, and I just load it on my Treo and go...
  5. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Godfather

    Oct 1, 2006
    But you already have it with your DTV subscription... Do you subscribe to it anyway, just because you like it enough to give more money to XM?

    I am not asking this facetiously... I know someone who purposely throws away coupons for a local pizza merchant because he wants to give the guy more money...
  6. brucegrr

    brucegrr Icon

    Sep 14, 2006
    Ney, Ohio
    XM is far more than what is on Directv.

    For us:

    1. Major League Baseball
    2. 700 WLW Cincinnati
    3. Commercial Free Music of every variety imaginable
    4. Old Time Radio Stories
    5. XM Radio Online Included with subscription (which I then stream to my Squeezebox)
    6. Air America (for us lefty liberals)
    7. Sound System Integration with Onkyo Receiver. Seamless.

    And Personally..........I think the sound quality is better.
  7. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Godfather

    Oct 1, 2006
    Thanks... Didn't realize that we did not get the full XM programming with DirecTV...

    Question: Will the Mini Tuner allow you to transport your subscription from home to car and back?
  8. brucegrr

    brucegrr Icon

    Sep 14, 2006
    Ney, Ohio
    Question: Will the Mini Tuner allow you to transport your subscription from home to car and back?

    I am not sure. We have never used it in the car. I know you can get XM tuners that are portable, car and home. We used to have a Roady Tuner and that is what we did.

    A second subscription with XM is only 6.99 a month. You can give the secondary subscriptions as gifts to family members. So after you buy the tuner......72.00 a year.
  9. dharrismco

    dharrismco Legend

    Aug 22, 2006
    I use XM both in my car and at work. I have 1 XM Inno, a car kit, and a home kit. In the car I listen through my stereo, I then carry it in at work and I feed the home kit into my work computer which then feeds into a bluetooth transceiver so that I can listen via Stereo bluetooth headsets :)
  10. YKW06

    YKW06 Legend

    Feb 2, 2006
    I have one for the car, one for walking about/sporting events/work, and another in the bedroom. Having the music channels -- especially at the higher SQ -- available on D* is nice, but I spend an awful lot of time away from home, not to mention time spent listening to the talk channels, the comedy channels, the sports channels and (especially) the OTR channel, making the actual XM service a must-have.
  11. Rakul

    Rakul Slacker

    Sep 3, 2007
    I used to subscriber then I started working from home full time. It was to much of a pain in the butt to setup the antenna where I would get a signal and my cat wouldn't eat the wire, since all I listened to on it was ESPN radio anyway I dropped it and now I just leave the TV on ESPN/MSNBC all day :D
  12. phat78boy

    phat78boy Hall Of Fame

    Sep 12, 2007
    I have both Sirius and XM.... one GM and one Dodge vehicle.

    I also love the fact, I can listen to them online from any computer.
  13. PhatHD

    PhatHD AllStar

    Oct 27, 2007
    I have XM in both cars and in the garage. Listen to it in the home on DTV also.
  14. MonyMony

    MonyMony Legend

    Dec 14, 2006
    When D* added XM I was doing a comparison of XM vs. Sirius. Actually being able to hear what XM offered was the final straw for me to sign up with Sirius and will not go back... at least not until Sirius and XM merge.
  15. homerdodge

    homerdodge New Member

    Sep 9, 2007
    Sirius in the cars.
  16. Nightfall

    Nightfall Legend

    Sep 1, 2003
    I have had XM since 2002 in my car, and will continue to enjoy it to this day. My wife has a subscription for her car as well. I used to have a subscription for a portable Inno unit, but I wasn't using it much so I sold it. If I want to listen to it at home, I turn it on a Directv receiver. That is rare though.

    Nothing beats satellite radio in the car thats for sure. I say satellite radio because regular radio sucks. HD Radio sucks because of the commercials. Sirius and XM both are great choices.
  17. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    No. XM Connect & Play and the Mini Tuner are designed to transfer it from XM ready home theater receivers, alarm clocks and other devices. I have a Sony STR-DG1000 that has a built in XM tuner and I love it. The integration is so nice. While I love XM, when I left DirecTV for cable two years ago, one of the factors that came into play was XM. I’m all about variety, as long as it doesn’t come from terrestrial radio. When D* replaced Music Choice with XM that took away a good chunk of my listening options. I already have three subscriptions to XM, having it on DirecTV did nothing for me. Yeah I could cancel a subscription and save a few bucks, big deal, I have less options as a result. I’ve had XM for 5 years, Sirius for 4 years, MC with cable now for 2 years, 183 choices for commercial free audio entertainment, can’t beat that.

    3 XM Subscriptions + 2 Sirius Subscription + Music Choice on Time Warner Cable + 80 iPod Classic = One Incredible Listening Experience and no commercials.
  18. rbl61

    rbl61 AllStar

    Jul 7, 2007
    No because Howard is on Sirius.
  19. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Glad I don't subscribe to it. Last week I had a rental car and it had XM in it. The radio was cutting in and out all week, as I was traveling near tall buildings. I finally gave up and switched to local stations. The XM programing is excellent, but it was very annoying with it cutting in and out all the time. I like it stationary at home through DirecTV.
  20. Gonesouth

    Gonesouth Legend

    Dec 26, 2007
    I have both XM and Sirius. I have Sirius for years now and would not live without.

    Just bought XM due to my company moved my office and now facing south. I can only get XM.

    Keep Sirius for the sports. NASCAR and Football. XM has better music. I am looking forward to the merger so I can get the best of both on one radio.

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