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Old 11-02-2005, 09:31 PM   #16
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I'm almost positive Customer Service isn't aware of anything with the Canadian channels. I only found out through satellite radio message boards myself.

Perhaps the center (centre) in Nova Scotia knows more than the US or Santo Domingo locations.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:46 PM   #17
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I see they will charge $14.99 Canadian, that's up from the original $12.99 they said a year ago at the CRTC hearings.
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:29 PM   #18
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Will these new channels eat up bandwidth thats used for our streams as well. Another sound quality reduction.

I know I sound like a broken record over the issue of sound, it happens to be the only thing I care to discuss on this board. Its my only problem with the service.
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:31 PM   #19
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I really so issue with bandwidth. DTV uses "spot beam" when using your local channels being carried on satellite. 2 local TV stations using same channel/transponder and bandwidth, but just spot beamed to different areas of the U.S. depending on where that local TV station signal needs to be at. Spot beam all Canadian channels to Canada using same bandwidth being used by the U.S. Channels.
I'm not sure how this would work with Sirius' moving satellites...I believe that DirecTV's satellites are geostationary and that they had to launch satellites to allow for the spot beaming.
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so will Sirius US subscribers have access to SiriusCAN channels online? or vice-versa? seems like they could just make the accounts universal, as a courtesy...
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Come on Sirius! lol that would be killer!!!
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:19 PM   #22
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I see they will charge $14.99 Canadian, that's up from the original $12.99 they said a year ago at the CRTC hearings.
They also are rolling out many more Canadian stations and stations total than what they said a year ago.
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:08 AM   #23
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Default Canadian Cuts !

OUCH !

After 9-29-05 I see more cuts coming to make way for the Canadian channels.

Maybe they'll start an all Ann Murry Channel and play Snow Bird all the time.

I have a bad feeling about this. Ay ?
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:22 AM   #24
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I can assure you guys that all the Canadian channels will be available in the US. That was one of their primary selling points to the CRTC.

As for the bandwidth issues.. I can almost guarentee you that most of the channels are probably already active for testing purposes. Just because our radios are not yet authorized to receive the Canadian channels doesn't mean they're not actively streaming. Also, keep in mind that Sirius set aside bandwidth for video and data purposes a while back. More than likely those features have been moved to the 25% "new bandwidth" because our current radios are incapable of receiving it anyway. As a result i don't expect any major reductions in sound quality.
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Maybe they'll start an all Ann Murry Channel and play Snow Bird all the time.

I have a bad feeling about this. Ay ?
Canada actually has a really interesting music scene. The government subsidizes the arts and makes grant money available to musicians to help cover the production costs of making albums. Their goal is to help foster a stong Canadian talent base in the shadow of U.S. influence, and it results in a lot of aspiring musicians being able to put out great albums they might not otherwise have been able to afford to do. Even though some of that music breaks out of the country, a lot of it never really gets heard outside of Canada even though it's quite good. Mind you, they come out with their share of crap too, but if you've ever heard the Galaxie music channels on ExpressVu satellite TV, or CBC Radio 3's webcasts, you probably have an idea of the quality and diversity those Canadian channels can offer. I've made a lot of musical discoveries listening to Canadian music channels that I never would have known about just by listening to U.S. based radio, even Sirius. So a couple of those new SiriusCAN channels might make make great companions to LOC, Alt Nation etc. If done well, this should be a good thing.
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I can assure you guys that all the Canadian channels will be available in the US. That was one of their primary selling points to the CRTC.

As for the bandwidth issues.. I can almost guarentee you that most of the channels are probably already active for testing purposes. Just because our radios are not yet authorized to receive the Canadian channels doesn't mean they're not actively streaming. Also, keep in mind that Sirius set aside bandwidth for video and data purposes a while back. More than likely those features have been moved to the 25% "new bandwidth" because our current radios are incapable of receiving it anyway. As a result i don't expect any major reductions in sound quality.
So you are fine with our current product being limited so they can provide services they can't handle. Why do we have to settle for sub 48k MP3~ sound when far better is possible.
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Because of $$$ and WE listeners allow it
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Is it my imagination, or does there appear to be more French Canadian channels added than there are English?

That seems a bit odd... doesn't it? :\
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Is it my imagination, or does there appear to be more French Canadian channels added than there are English?

That seems a bit odd... doesn't it? :\
Not when the majority of the people in power are french :\
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Ok, so if Sirius decides to start dropping channels from the US lineup to placate the Canuck's laws that would be the biggest marketing blunder I've ever seen.

U.S. Market: ~300mm
Candian Market: ~35mm


Doesn't make sense that they would in anyway hinder the service to the US market which dwarfs the Candian market. It's such an irrational business move I cant see even the most foolhardy corporation doing it.

Besides the knowledge that this would be a huge mistake, I have no idea if they'd do it or not. Any of the really technical savvy guys on this board want to assuage my concerns??? Better yet does anyone have any written proof on how Sirius is going to pull this off?
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