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Sirius Satellite Radio Coming Back 2013?!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by skaman74, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Aug 5, 2012 #1 of 21

    skaman74 AllStar

    Feb 17, 2012
    Just saw this on wiki but probably just a bunch of bull...but here's hoping!

  2. Aug 5, 2012 #2 of 21

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    Yeah I don't buy that since there isn't even a citation on that. That, and it's location since it's underneath the references. I'm sure it'll get removed pretty quickly.

    I hope it's true though.
  3. Aug 5, 2012 #3 of 21

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    On the main Sirius-XM Wiki, it was added at the end of June, by an IP address at Windstream.
  4. Aug 5, 2012 #4 of 21
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Congrats if it is true.
  5. Aug 5, 2012 #5 of 21

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    846 sounds like a legit channel number... Here's hoping!
  6. Aug 5, 2012 #6 of 21

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    I'd like to see it, but most likely it is bull. This has popped up on Wikipedia in the past.
  7. Aug 5, 2012 #7 of 21

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
  8. Aug 5, 2012 #8 of 21

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    And the truth comes out. Darn..I was hoping it was true.
  9. Aug 5, 2012 #9 of 21

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    I've defected to Slacker Radio after the merger, prior to that I had XM for five years. From what I understood about reduction of playlist depth to sound quality post-merger, the only scenario which I would come back would be for the radio shows. However, most of which I listen to already have podcasts.
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    They reduced number of stations and bit rate!?
    I have them on trial in my car and am not impressed.
  11. DodgerKing

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    When it was switched to SonicTap I said I do not care. Now that it is being switched back I still say I do not care.

    How many actually listen to music through their TV provider? I have XM and do not need to listen to it through my TV. I can listen to it online and get many more channel choices.
  12. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    I listen to Pandora. It's miles better than Sonic, Sirius/XM, or any other of those crap providers they pay big money for. Directv should just ditch the music and save a ton of bandwidth.
  13. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    The bandwidth for music is minimal - it is video that takes up all of the space. I do agree, though, that XM has gone downhill since the merger.
  14. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    Some folks have their audio system connected to the DirecTV reciever. I would have to guess there are far fewer people who have an internet connected device setup in their main viewing area just to listen to music. For some, it is a big deal.
  15. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Quite a few have their DVR connected to the Internet, I sometimes wonder how many do actually now that DirecTV is pushing it.
  16. scott0702

    scott0702 Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Pandora app on D* is great. I use that all the time and my HDDVR is connected to my audio receiver. I also have a SiriusXM subscription which I also listen to just as much. Here is a thought. I wonder if D* will ever give us a SiriusXM app just as they do with Pandora in the extras menu. That way those that have an SXM internet subscription can use their D* receiver to push through to their audio systems.
  17. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Music takes virtually no bandwidth. I know SiriusXM is using 128 Kbit/s per channel for music and 64 Kbit/s per channel for talk-radio/sports. Assuming DirecTV would only carry the music bits, if they were to carry about 60 channels (which I think is more or less what they have now too with Sonic), it would take up roughly the same bandwidth as 1 HD channel.

    More importantly, they can put the music channels on satellites that aren't used for HD bandwidth, so in the end it really doesn't cost a whole lot, and it wouldn't take away bandwidth to provide HD channels to customers.

    I personally love the music channels. I use it all the time with parties. As a matter of fact, I have three receivers, and usually my entire house is open when we have a party, so I just tune in all receivers to the same music channel, and off we go. (Only downside I have found is that the DVR will switch channels when you have 2 recordings at the same time, but I can live with that, just manage the recordings for that night before the party).

    It is completely in sync in every room as well, something you won't be able to do with an internet-connected service like pandora, because each device buffers a number of seconds in to memory before it starts playing. Even within the same house and on the same internet connection, it is pretty much impossible to get e.g. your kitchen receiver and livingroom receiver in sync with each other using Pandora, or any internet-based streaming service for that matter.

    I like the Sonic Tap music selection as well, but would not be opposed at all to SiriusXM. I have that in 1 of our cars.
  18. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Their stock is up today.
  19. Hot Tub Johnny

    Hot Tub Johnny Mentor

    Feb 24, 2012
    I listen to sonicTAP all day when i'm home. I like it as a change of pace from the XM i have in the car and at work.

    Both sonic and xm are way better than what time warner had.
  20. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I have no interest in the music channels. I have an iPad with the SXM app, IPhone with the SXM app and a portable boom box that it slides into if I want to listen at home. I have never listened to Pandora or Sonic Tap.

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