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How has Pandora changed your viewing habits?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    Other than radio, all of my music is sourced through media player or Itunes. I have slowly been converting all of my ripped content to my itunes library so I can simply use my wifi ipod to play it anywhere I want. I almost certanily see an iPad or other tablet taking that role in the near future. Having the touch screen library is just too convenient. The media-share on the DVRs woud be great for this too, but it's just too prone to lock-up and other random issues to be useful.

    As for quality, the break-even point is whatever bitrate it takes to allow for no perceptible loss in the music's detail. I've not really tried anything lower, but 128k files sound fine to me. But what I can't tolerate is the hollow sound and loss of detail when using the on-line services and even many of the XM stations (freakin' Boneyard is the worst). When listening for an hour or more, there are also almost always intermmittent stops and studders that I can't get past either. They always seem to happen during the best parts.
  2. boars314

    boars314 New Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Can anyone confirm that Pandora streams at the higher bit rate through Directv if you sign up for a Pandora One subscription?
  3. TimG517

    TimG517 AllStar

    Jan 2, 2007
    I have no internet connection to my 2 HR24's. My first installation guy didn't bring the home connection kit. Then I moved, and the next guy did not bring one. I would like to have that kit, and I understand it is free with an install.
  4. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Same with me. I've been getting Pandora through my TV, BluRay, and PC. Getting it with DirecTV is just another convenience.
  5. mhking

    mhking Legend

    Oct 27, 2002
    I'm getting Pandora via my iPad/iPhone/iPod when plugged into the cradle on my HEC, through my Roku and through my HR20-700. Not much change overall; I probably stream via my Roku more than my HR20, but I do use both.
  6. Mar 1, 2012 #146 of 153

    SeaBeagle Legend

    May 7, 2006
    Dud not affect me on viewing TV. As much as I like listening to radio stations I still look at TV. I have found other radio applications that receive many more radio stations than Pandora does,
  7. Mar 9, 2012 #147 of 153

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    I would hope that they are getting paid to include it on their DVRs. Any other financial arrangement where DIRECTV was paying Pandora would be an an extremely unwise expenditure. Pandora is a service that tries to make money (so far very unsuccessfully) by giving away the ability to access their service (most commonly on a computer) in the hopes that a subscriber will either listen to their commercial based service which is "paid for" by Pandora selling those listeners to commercial advertisers, or by selling a commercial free subscription to the listener. There is no good reason for DIRECTV to pay Pandora to help them increase their subscriber base and increase revenues for Pandora.
  8. Mar 9, 2012 #148 of 153

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Why do you keep posting about what Pandora can and cannot do? Have you spent more than 5 minutes with it?

    For starters, it doesn't "receive" radio stations. Wherever did you get that idea?
  9. Mar 9, 2012 #149 of 153

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Better than a idiot like you who can't come up with an actual response to that post. Maybe you're just a shill for Pandora and other crappy third rate low quality entertainment options. Personally I think Pandora sucks, and judging from the report of their financials two days ago (and their stock losing 1/4 of its value the following day), evidently there is not near enough people who think otherwise to make it a viable business.
  10. Mar 9, 2012 #150 of 153

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Well, considering the economy is not in wonderful shape, there are probably a lot of people out there that like it, listen to it, but just dont find the incentive to spend $36 to eliminate one or two 30 second commercials per hour.

    Perhaps if they changed their free service to limit it to an hour per day per IP address, it might make it worth people ponying up $36. I did, just because I like the service and felt it was worthwhile.
  11. Mar 9, 2012 #151 of 153

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    No, it does not. It is 128kb AAC+ regardless. What you do get is no commercials, and longer playtime before the "Are you still listening" prompt.

    Pandora One app on a computer is the only 192kb delivery.
  12. HDTVFreak07

    HDTVFreak07 Icon

    Sep 12, 2007
    My 87 year old friend likes to listen to Classic Country and thinks this one on Pandora is better than channel 808 or similar Classic Country stations. He even says the sound quality is good or better than the 800's channels. I subscribed to Pandora so I don't get any of the advertisements on them. We also have iPad2 and iPod 4th gen so, thought subscription was a wise decision. In all honesty, Sunday mornings aren't really the only times we listen to Pandora.
  13. NewForceFiveFan

    NewForceFiveFan Legend

    Apr 23, 2010
    If I had D* connected to broadband I would use Pandora. When I had the app on my ipod I listened to it all the time. I unloaded a bunch of apps to make room for a trip and unfortunately never put it back. Maybe I'll put it back on now.

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