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Upcoming XM Channel Changes

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by ki4cgs, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Nov 8, 2008 #1 of 339

    ki4cgs AllStar

    Mar 9, 2004
    Coming up this Wednesday 11/12 XM & Sirius are merging a lot of channels and these are the changes that are currently showing on Directv:

    (All of these changes are at midnight eastern time on 11/12)

    - 807/Oprah & Friends: says "Oprah and Friends was removed by XM."

    - 809/US Country: says "Prime Country (replaces US Country)"

    - 819/The Heart: says "Sirius XM Love (replaces The Heart)"

    - 822/Cinemagic: says "To Be Announced" in show info.

    - 830/Boneyard: says "Boneyard returns in January.

    - 832/XM Cafe: says "The Spectrum (replaces XM Cafe)"

    - 835/Squizz: says "Octane (replaces Squizz)"

    - 845/The Rhyme: says "The Rhyme was removed by XM."

    - 846/Raw: says "Raw was removed by XM."

    - 852/Beyond Jazz: says "Beyond Jazz was removed by XM."

    - 853/High Standards: says "High Standards was removed by XM."

    - 855/Fine Tuning: says "Fine Tuning was removed by XM."

    - 861/Chrome: says: "Chrome was removed by XM."

    - 865/VOX: says "VOX was removed by XM."

    - 866/XM Pops: says "Sirius XM Pops"

    - 871/Aguila: says "Aguila was removed by XM."

    - 874/Vibra: says "Vibra was removed by XM."

    - 875/Caricia: says "Caricia was removed by XM."

    - 876/Viva: says "Viva was removed by XM."

    - 879/The Virus: Says "The Virus was removed by XM."
  2. Nov 8, 2008 #2 of 339

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    The only one I'll miss is 853 "High Standards" :mad:

    There's not much in the way of new offerings listed here. Perhaps we'll see more information next Wednesday.
  3. Nov 8, 2008 #3 of 339

    BrucePadgett AllStar

    Nov 14, 2007
    I suppose the big question right now is whether there will be an equal number of streams after the change. Some channels already have their replacements indicated, others don't. For example, "VOX" is in limbo as of this moment, but I really don't doubt it will soon be replaced by the Metropolitan Opera channel.

    Whether we'll get single artists specialty streams like the Springsteen and Buffett ones is questionable. Perhaps Sirius/XM will save those for the eventual a la carte option. Oprah was pulled for a similar reason, as it's in the "Best of XM" package.
  4. Nov 8, 2008 #4 of 339

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Ok, here's the deal.

    Yes, some XM channels are coming down next week. XM is consolidating much of their business due to their merger with Sirius and they are changing some stations entirely, removing others, and renaming still others. Nov. 12th is the day they'll come down.

    There are some additional music channels coming soon in place of those that are coming down. The date of the new ones is unknown, but soon. Maybe very soon thereafter.
  5. Nov 8, 2008 #5 of 339

    chevyguy559 Fresno State Bulldog!

    Sep 19, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    Here's the new XM Lineup according to www.xmfan.com

    How the lineup will play out on DirecTV, I don't know, but here's the new XM Channel Lineup which will reportedly start on 11/12

  6. Nov 8, 2008 #6 of 339

    Dan9 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2005
    Hopefully they can add Hard Attack to Directv and maybe Howard Stern, since according to this chart their getting rid of the Opie and Anthony channel?!?
  7. Nov 8, 2008 #7 of 339

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Unfortunately, Stern is already on XM. I really hate that guy - not for moral reasons - but because his act is terribly dated and boring.
  8. Nov 8, 2008 #8 of 339

    Rodneyt Cool Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    With you on that one. I hope that Siriusly Sinatra replaces it, and while I am hoping I hope that it is just as good as High Standards.

  9. Nov 8, 2008 #9 of 339
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Well then don't pay for him...
  10. Nov 8, 2008 #10 of 339

    Joe166 AllStar

    Jan 5, 2007
    I listen to both as I have Sirius in one car and XM in another. In my opinion High Standards is a little bit better but I have nothing but a gut feeling to support that. There isn't really that much difference and maybe the Sinatra channel will get better!
  11. Nov 8, 2008 #11 of 339

    YKW06 Legend

    Feb 2, 2006
    It isn't. It's way better, if only because it's programmed and staffed with people who knew Sinatra and know the music intimately as professionals, rather than as outsider dilettantes/fanboys like Schwartz.

    As to Howard, there seems to be little-to-no chance he comes to D*. Indeed, looking forward in guide data currently shows XM removing the two talkers they had been providing (Oprah and The Virus). Given that, and given that XM is now charging their actual subscribers an extra four bucks per month per radio (!!!) to hear Stern, why would XM put him and his coterie of shock talkers on D* for free?
  12. Nov 8, 2008 #12 of 339

    xzi Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Perhaps DIRECTV didn't learn their lesson the first time the tried to remove The Virus, so let's hope this is not true.
  13. Nov 8, 2008 #13 of 339

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    The channel names sound a bit more logical and accessible under the merged list. Channel names like "Fred" and "Ethel" didn't make much sense. It may not be cool, but at least with a name like "Alt Nation" you have a clue what the programming might be like.

    The dedicated artist channels are interesting, I've had some time with the Elvis and E-Street ones and they have surprising variety with lots of lesser-known material.
  14. Nov 8, 2008 #14 of 339

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    DirecTV has nothing to say about it, XM has removed it.
  15. Nov 8, 2008 #15 of 339
    Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    Well it sucks to hear that the Virus channel will be disappearing. I figured if the new Sirius-ized lineup stank, I could have cancelled my radio and just used D*. :-(
  16. Nov 8, 2008 #16 of 339

    apferrando Cool Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    I'd hate to see what you consider hip and with it then.... after all, Opie & Anthony copy his show, just do the exact same things the next day... Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is something Stern did 20 years ago. Jay Leno robs his show with his news headlines and "Jay-Walking" skits. David Letterman robbed his show for the cut-up audio books/speeches and piece them together to form new statements.... upon many many other things that are popular in today's media. I think he's just too far ahead of the curve for your tastes....

    Musically and talk-show wise, Sirius trumps XM... with only maybe 2 channels being better than their Sirius counterpart. Sirius buying XM is possibly the best thing to happen to satellite radio, with only Stern going to Sirius being in the running for something better.
  17. Nov 8, 2008 #17 of 339
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    That's because they're the Sirius channel names, which have always been more descriptive than XM's whacky names. But they have made some stupid re-naming decisions with some of the channels, like all of the ones that now have "Sirius XM" in the name, and re-naming Sirius Hits 1 to Pop 2K. That one is really awful.
  18. Nov 8, 2008 #18 of 339

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I miss the old music channels on Directv. This XM stuff has ruined my listening habits through the dish.
  19. Nov 8, 2008 #19 of 339

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    I wish they'd work on the graphics & info screens on the XM channels. Music Choice is a heck of a lot better service.
  20. Nov 8, 2008 #20 of 339
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    I disagree completely. I was so glad that they dumped Music Choice in favor of XM.

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