I love Directv, but the Sonic Tap really sucks.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by postalguy1, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    The time it took LDighera to try to contact Sonic Tap he could have programmed a host of piano music on Pandora.
  2. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Yup, and played thru a good sound system Pandora sounds very good. I've never tried Sonic Tap. Waste of space.

  3. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    We have music channels ?
    Why ?

    Just kidding. I knew we had them and I do agree that the music we had before the Sonic Tap did sound better.
    I never ever use my system to play music.

    They should remove all the music and make use of the broadcast ability to change some SD channels to HD.
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Pandora isn't a whole lot better about the "sanctity" of their channels.
  5. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Check out the transponder maps, the music channels are spread out with 4 or 5 assigned to a transponder, it isn't like digital cable where they usually devote an entire QAM channel to MusicChoice. They would barely be able to add an SD channel if they got rid of them.
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Let's trim a bit!

    I understand your frustration, but results are not likely. There are a number of alternatives. Will any of them work for you?
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I gave up on Pandora the first Christmas I had the app. I chose my genre based on artists I liked and the mix was good until Christmas came and nearly all the songs were Christmas songs - by artists and in styles different than the artists that I based my genre on. If I wanted 24/7 generic Christmas I would have chosen that genre.

    It is annoying when a channel that one depends on for a particular style of music is corrupted.

    Who are the business customers of Sonic Tap? The real customers paying for the channels, not home listeners getting free listening bundled in with their TV channels? They are the ones with a chance to get the channel changed back to "piano means piano".
  8. Dec 6, 2017 #128 of 142

    unitbf12 New Member

    Dec 6, 2017

    I must admit, we (unfortunately) have SonicTap via Directv, and it's deplorable. Regardless of the music channel you select, they loop the same 50 or so songs repeatedly, over and over again. I was incapacitated from an injury a while back, and while convalescing I selected the Flashback/New Wave station. Within a few hours I'd heard every song at least three times. Nothing personal here, but after hearing Morrissey 'attempting' to sing, The Cars "Hello Again" and The Culture Club "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" every few hours I was about to go insane! When we first subscribed to Directv in the early 90s they had Sirius which was excellent! For what Directv charges for service, they should consider doing the decent thing for their subscribers and not renew their contract with SonicTap.
  9. Dec 6, 2017 #129 of 142

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I don't understand why anyone bothers with D*'s apps. You can get the same apps on streamers and they work correctly all the time. Same thing with D*'s OnDemand service, you can get all that content online using streaming services and they always work. Why torture yourself, get a streamer.

  10. Dec 6, 2017 #130 of 142

    WestDC Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 9, 2008
    Perhaps Some D* customers Don't have internet good enough without caps to stream any App's and the music comes down from space and doesn't count against anything. So I'm sure if it was removed the hollering would hard and fast. LOL
  11. Dec 6, 2017 #131 of 142

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    And at least with VOD the quality is consistent at either 1080p, 1080i, 720p or 480p, compared to streaming services that use dynamic bitrates where the quality can dip below SD on slower connections. Especially if Windows 10 decides to do their insane monthly 1GB+ update download or someone else on the wifi decides to open a data heavy app like Snapchat while you're trying to stream something. (Also 1080p VOD is no longer limited to DirecTV Cinema, and the majority of channels now have HD on demand except for a small few like Up and older content involving shows that were never produced in HD)

    You may have 100 Mbps+ internet where you live, but a nice swath of the country is stuck with 3 Mbps or less with no plans at all for any upgrades. i.e. Verizon where they halted any expansion of their FiOS network in areas that didn't already have an agreement, like most of Northeastern PA, Northwestern NJ and the Lehigh Valley, or much of Fairpoint's territory in upstate NY. (And because of the lack of competition, the areas lucky enough to have cable as an option likely have overpriced options with extremely low caps that make streaming a non-starter unless they want to pay for the $75+ tier, and if they want 4K streaming, forget it unless you can afford the caps at the $100+ tier, even though the $50 tier has speeds fast enough for 4K streaming)

    Plus not everyone has the extra money (or TVs with spare HDMI ports) to get additional streaming devices and subscribe to 3rd party services like Amazon prime, Hulu, or Netflix on all of their TVs. (As well as the need to replace those devices every few years once they become obsolete and stop getting updates, like my LG Bluray player from 2012 that lost everything except Netflix and Hulu in the past 2 years)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  12. Dec 6, 2017 #132 of 142
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I used the apps because they were there. One remote, one easy way of choosing what to watch (or listen to) regardless of source. Many devices are trying to be the "one stop" for content ... SmartTVs with built in viewing apps and DVD/Blue-Ray players that also offer internet content. Not to mention the plethora of devices that only stream content. ONE remote is convenient, and while I could hobble together multiple sources having as much as possible on the satellite receiver makes it easier.
  13. Dec 7, 2017 #133 of 142

    theloudhouse5 Member

    Nov 20, 2017
    They just play obscure music
  14. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    This popped up in test mode today with a PID from the range used by audio channels:
    9220 *MC "Music Choice Logo Test"

    Perhaps Music Choice will be replacing Sonic Tap in the near future?
  15. theloudhouse5

    theloudhouse5 Member

    Nov 20, 2017
    Music choice was actually the first music channel until I think 2005 on directv
  16. scott0702

    scott0702 Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's interesting because AT&T dropped them for Stingray on the Uverse service maybe 2 or 3 years ago. I would think if they were looking to replace Sonic Tap it would be with Stingray. I've never really been able to get into Sonic Tap so curious if this means a change is on the horizon.
  17. jle1639

    jle1639 Member

    Apr 15, 2013
    dothan al
    I hope so.wow cable have music choice also Comcast,spectrum.
  18. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Probably the Sonic Tap contract is expiring and they're talking to the various alternatives to try to get the best pricing. They might end up sticking with them if they get a good deal.

    With iTunes and streaming and so forth these days there aren't a lot of customers for music from cable/satellite any more. Maybe some commercial customers, but that's about it.
  19. dtv757

    dtv757 Icon

    Jun 3, 2006
    Most cable cos use music choice

    Bring back XM . I know E* has them but now that D* is the #1 tv provider again let's have the top music provider too

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  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I haven’t heard xm sound decent in forever. And I think they are hurting right now more than we realize financially. The deals they are sending me to come back (haven’t had them since my free trial ended 8 years ago almost in my car) are a bit over the top price wise. Frankly I’d rather DIRECTV dump all music channels or make them a separate fee cause it’s adding to my bill and I never listen to those channels. Never.

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