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Old December 6th 04, 05:23 PM
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What is everyone's thoughts of Sirius's sports and music programming?

I think the music channels are great, there are repeats, but hey, some
repeats are good. The sound quality is superb, and I think te DJ's ad
a little "zing" to it. My favorite has to be Hits1, but I also enjoy
tons more.

I am a football fan, and I like being able to hear both NFL and
College games from across the country. I am also looking forward to
the NHL and British soccer games. March Madness should also be great!


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Tyler Wells wrote in message
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What is everyone's thoughts of Sirius's sports and music programming?

I think the music channels are great, there are repeats, but hey, some
repeats are good. The sound quality is superb, and I think te DJ's ad
a little "zing" to it. My favorite has to be Hits1, but I also enjoy
tons more.

I am a football fan, and I like being able to hear both NFL and
College games from across the country. I am also looking forward to
the NHL and British soccer games. March Madness should also be great!


XM acquired the only radio rights that really mean anything when it got
baseball for the next 11 years. Many teams have huge out-of-market
followings, and the TV Extra Innings package, while helpful, frustrates fans
with its complex blackout restrictions that prevent the airing of all teams'
games in most areas. XM will plug that gap with home feeds of every game.

Sirius greatly overpaid for the NFL. Most fans set aside Sunday afternoons
for football on TV, not radio, and the Sunday Ticket package provides every
game, albeit not on cable yet due to the ill-advised exclusive deal with
DirectTV. Hockey (if it ever comes back) and English soccer are niche
sports, unlikely to generate significant number of new subscriptions. March
Madness is four freakin' weeks and not even every day of those weeks --
Sirius paid big bucks for fewer than 20 days of programming, and when the
tournament gets down to the Sweet 16, every game is on national TV anyway,
so Sirius will only be providing something unavailable to out-of-market fans
(who, along with gamblers, are the target audience) for the first two
rounds.

Also, won't XM be able to carry the home feeds of all the schools in the
conferences it carries should they get to the tournament, or did its deals
with the ACC, Big Ten and Pac Ten only apply to regular season and
conference tournament games? XM somehow managed to air the Big Twelve
championship football game -- Oklahoma vs. Colorado -- a couple of days ago
despite having no deal with the conference or either school, and Sirius has
shut XM out of home feeds of USC, UCLA, Michigan and Ohio State, despite
XM's having a contract with those schools' conferences, by signing exclusive
deals directly with the schools, so who knows what "exclusive" means in the
backstabbing world of sat radio sports rights?




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Old December 9th 04, 05:51 PM
 
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Great points stated below. Here's my $0.02 worth...

I agree with the points stated below and add the follwing thoughts.

As for the hardware, I personally prefer the look of the Sirius
products over XM. I prefer the Sirius boombox look over XM's. Both
company's boomboxes sound great, however.

As for the music content they're the same with a few exceptions. Sirius
lacks the equivelant of XM's channel 50 (XM50) and the only Kids
content I found on Sirius is Radio Disney whereas XM has Disney and
their XM Kids format-- both are loved by my kids, by the way.

What really sells me on XM is the baseball package. As a fan of several
baseball teams I can honestly say my summers will never be the same
from now on! Like the poster below, I love my football too but I budget
my TV time and plan accordingly. Baseball goes over well on the radio.
Football leaves a lot to be desired on the radio-- no matter who the
announcers are.

Tom


H Glazer wrote:
Tyler Wells wrote in message
...
What is everyone's thoughts of Sirius's sports and music

programming?

I think the music channels are great, there are repeats, but hey,

some
repeats are good. The sound quality is superb, and I think te DJ's

ad
a little "zing" to it. My favorite has to be Hits1, but I also

enjoy
tons more.

I am a football fan, and I like being able to hear both NFL and
College games from across the country. I am also looking forward

to
the NHL and British soccer games. March Madness should also be

great!


XM acquired the only radio rights that really mean anything when it

got
baseball for the next 11 years. Many teams have huge out-of-market
followings, and the TV Extra Innings package, while helpful,

frustrates fans
with its complex blackout restrictions that prevent the airing of all

teams'
games in most areas. XM will plug that gap with home feeds of every

game.

Sirius greatly overpaid for the NFL. Most fans set aside Sunday

afternoons
for football on TV, not radio, and the Sunday Ticket package provides

every
game, albeit not on cable yet due to the ill-advised exclusive deal

with
DirectTV. Hockey (if it ever comes back) and English soccer are niche
sports, unlikely to generate significant number of new subscriptions.

March
Madness is four freakin' weeks and not even every day of those weeks

--
Sirius paid big bucks for fewer than 20 days of programming, and when

the
tournament gets down to the Sweet 16, every game is on national TV

anyway,
so Sirius will only be providing something unavailable to

out-of-market fans
(who, along with gamblers, are the target audience) for the first two
rounds.

Also, won't XM be able to carry the home feeds of all the schools in

the
conferences it carries should they get to the tournament, or did its

deals
with the ACC, Big Ten and Pac Ten only apply to regular season and
conference tournament games? XM somehow managed to air the Big Twelve
championship football game -- Oklahoma vs. Colorado -- a couple of

days ago
despite having no deal with the conference or either school, and

Sirius has
shut XM out of home feeds of USC, UCLA, Michigan and Ohio State,

despite
XM's having a contract with those schools' conferences, by signing

exclusive
deals directly with the schools, so who knows what "exclusive" means

in the
backstabbing world of sat radio sports rights?



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Sirius does have Kids Stuff on channel 11. If you can handle listening
to Barney and the like I suppose it's good stuff.

I have had a few friends that have listened to both Sirius and XM and
can't hear any difference. If you are a baseball fan, then XM is the
way to go.

Bruce


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All the useless voicetracks and excessive promos suck. Sirius music
channels are the same old school radio nonsense minus a few commercials
but all the other stupid interruptions between the music cuts are still
there.







Tyler Wells wrote:

What is everyone's thoughts of Sirius's sports and music programming?

I think the music channels are great, there are repeats, but hey, some
repeats are good. The sound quality is superb, and I think te DJ's ad
a little "zing" to it. My favorite has to be Hits1, but I also enjoy
tons more.

I am a football fan, and I like being able to hear both NFL and
College games from across the country. I am also looking forward to
the NHL and British soccer games. March Madness should also be great!






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Old February 20th 05, 06:21 PM
 
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It really is not correct to suggest that XM & Sirius music channels are
the same. Sirius is FM without commercials. XM is really much more
professionally done, longer playlists, more interesting and diverse
music, and generally just better IMO.

When I hear someone suggest they're the same I pretty much assume
someone hasn't heard both.




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