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Please bring back SiriusXM.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by sorrycharlie, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Yeah, that drives me crazy. Wish Directv/Sonic would fix that. And a nicer interface with more detail about the song, artist, album would be appreciated. The Music Choice channels on TW cable have album covers, etc.
  2. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    The Music Choice channels are actual video channels, while SonicTap is purely audio with the song information provided by the receiver itself.
  3. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I would also prefer to have XM as I have it in my car.
  4. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008

    How many times in the past have I been listening to XM Radio via my TV/Home Entertainment System and walked out to my car and I am hearing the same song because it is tuned to the same XM Station.

    That was Very Cool!!!

    And it would be Very Nice if they could Fix the Problem where you have Audio Dropouts or the Audio changes from Digital to Analog and then later back to Digital. There is a Significant Increase in Volume when it goes to Analog particularly on my HR24-500 where it occurs the most so I normally just use my HR23-700 even though I like the Speed of the HR24 but not the Audio Problems.

    DIRECTV, get on the ball and fix these Issues!!! :)
  5. hjones4841

    hjones4841 Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    I disagree. Sound quality on SonicTap is well below what we got on Sirius/XM - and that was not that good to begin with. Now, if we had the choice to go back to what we had before Sirius/XM...
  6. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    which would be MusicChoice.
  7. kovach

    kovach Mentor

    Feb 22, 2010
    Hey, I like Bowie, but I swear, it seems every time I put the Classic Rock channel on, that song is playing!
  8. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    DirecTV could have a homerun if somehow they could integrate Pandora (assuming your H** was connected to the internet.

    (and please don't give me Media Share as an alternative - It's been beta forever and isn't getting any better)
  9. DarinC

    DarinC Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2004
    I was never crazy about Sirius/XM... I also prefer just music compared to DJs. That being said, SonicTap is even worse due to the poor sound quality and playlists. When they had Music Choice, I probably listened to that more than actually watching TV channels. That decreased significantly when it switched to Sirius/XM, and now with SonicTap, I've completely stopped. I just tune in internet stations now.
  10. sdirv

    sdirv Icon

    Dec 14, 2008
    I did that too until XM started charging extra for internet streaming of their feed. Music over the internet these days (for me) is on Pandora.

    I've got one XM receiver, usually it's plugged into my motorcycle, but I've got an install for it in my pickup too........and the "home kit" thing sits on the shelf just above my D* DVR......
  11. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Pandora would be AWESOME. If they ever got TVApps working in my home, it would make a nice App. However maybe just a direct tune channel that launches the application.

    Tivo Premiere just launched Pandora with their RCN version of their DVR. I've heard great things about it.

    I also use Boxee from time to time, which runs off of my laptop (which I plug into my TV's VGA port). The Pandora implementation on that is pretty nice. The UI is very good and it's crystal clear in full HD resolution. You have access to your stations, you can create new ones, do the thumbs up or thumbs down, etc... It does some pretty cool visualization effects as well. That's on the horsepower of a PC though.

    I also use Slacker radio sometimes on my iPhone. It's similar to Pandora, but they have a nicer library of default stations to choose from. I can't get it to load at work, so I just use Pandora there.
  12. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    That's not true.

    DirecTV used to have Music Choice and 12 of the channels had the album covers and artist bios AND you could even order the CD with your remote!! I bought a bunch of CD's using that service. The picture of the album and other graphics was generated by the receiver using the previous "active" format DirecTV employed known as "Wink". This is how the "local on the 8's" info is now generated on The Weather Channel but it uses the new "active" format.

    While it's not Music Choice, I much prefer Sonic Tap/DMX over XM/Sirius. XM was great prior to the merger with Sirius but now the motormouth DJ's ruin most of the music channels. I especially dislike that obnoxious "Dusty Street" on the Classic Hits channel and "Cousin Brucie" on the 60's channel.

    The song info on the Sonic Tap channels is embedded in the digital stream and decoded by the receiver. Different model receivers display this data in different formats but the information itself obviously isn't provided by the receiver.
  13. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Yes it is.
    Yes, because:
    Which is very similar to how it's currently done:
    I really don't see your point. Music Choice on cable is a channel with audio AND video. The receiver is displaying the video from Music Choice, just like it would display the video for any other channel. The methods DirecTV has used in the past and currently uses are all generated by the receiver. Music Choice uses video that is generated by Music Choice. They are very different.
  14. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    The next thing we will hear will probably be Commercials now that XM/Sirius has a Monopoly on the Satellite Radio Market. I don't pay for Commercial Free Music to hear Dusty Street tell me about her bygone days when she was a Whore/Groupie for Rockers and she sounds like she has Smoked 10,000 Cartons of Cigarettes. :lol:
  15. scott0702

    scott0702 Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think I have to agree here. At day one Sonic Tap was a huge disappointment due to the poor sound quality. Since then it has greatly improved and with the exception of a few channels and it sounds pretty good. What I do like with Sonic Tap is the larger variety of channels and how they group the music between the different themed channels. I also have Sirius XM online and I find that if I am looking for a particular style of music, it is more generalized there. I also like the lack of DJ's as it is just music like back in the day with XM. With Sirius XM, I don't mind the channel ID "jingles" but the chatter is too much at times. Just my opinion.
  16. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    I stoped listening to music channels ever since sonic whatever and never looked back.:eek2:
  17. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I'm surprised that anyone was listening to them since all the posts from folks saying they'd stop listening when Music Choice was replaced by XM. Then all the post by folks saying they'd stop listening when XM was replaced by SonicTap.;)

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