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Old 08-22-2005, 06:02 PM   #46
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I'm in the minority here, but I think it's a good move by Sirius. My wife is Korean and since this channel went live, about 10 of her friends have become subscribers. These people most likely would not have subscribed without this channel. I could point out dozens of channels that I don't listen to. It doesn't make them bad channels, it's just that they are targeted for a different audiance.
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So it worked! We got the extra 10 subscribers we wanted!! Just kidding. I don't know any Koreans.
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I'm sure that Sirius looked at the surveys and decided there were more people who would listen to Radio Korea than AAR or whatever they could get to replace it.

Downplaying a minority group and their importance in creating a sustainable satellite radio service is not really a very productive direction to be going.
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I just don't understand the reasoning behind SIRIUS offering all of these non-English speaking channels. If I was Korean and that was the only language I spoke...why would I dish out $12.95 per month for ONE channel?! Just try to imagine subscribing to a service where you can only understand the language of 1 out of 120+ channels. Yes, I realize some people speak more than one language...but is it really enough to warrant an entire channel?

Complete waste of bandwidth, IMHO.
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There are a lot of streams that are a complete waste for bandwidth to me!

The religious streams
The spanish language streams
Talk Central (except on the weekends)
Talk Left
Spirit
Elvis Stream (I can find enough of him on other streams)
90% of the traffic streams!

Just because I don't listen to these streams doesn't mean they don't all add something specific that listeners want.

Look at the number of extremely vociferous people here that chose Sirius over XM just because of AAR. There are probably even more that are willing to choose Sirius over XM because of Radio Korea (I say more because XM did carry AAR, just not as much so the differential is less)

Don't under estimate the value of a single stream in being the deciding factor in a purchase.
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So you think that people who don't speak that much English will jump at the chance to pay money for a radio where they not only prefer one channel, they can only understand one channel? The recent immigrants I know tend not to be early adopters of electronic products. Also, if they don't speak much English, I'm not sure how they would know that Sirius broadcasts Radio Korea. I'm sure this has been announced on Radio Korea, but if you hear the announcements, chances are you already have a way of listening to Radio Korea.

There are Korean immigrants who have lived in this country for years, but older people also tend not to be early adopters. Their children may be interested, but I doubt their numbers are significant since they are just a segment of an already small market.
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Most of the people I know who are immigrants and are affluent enough to own Sirius speak both english and their native tongue. I really doubt that very many people who speak ONLY Korean will be very interested in Satellite radio, but if they are there is only one choice. American/British music has really permeated the global market and many (European anyway) non-Americans are used to English language music.

I know three or four dozen of immigrants from asia (mostly Vietnamese and Chinese/Tiawanese) and they almost all listen to radio/TV in their native language as well as english.

Personally I would rather they carry the english language service of Radio Korea but I understand why they chose the Korean version. I know if I were living in a non-english-speaking country I would really like to hear American news in English.
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I was going to say pretty much what dantodd just said. I know a number of Koreans who will speak to each other in Korean but also speak English just fine, and they're also fairly affluent. I would guess that most Korean immigrants understand enough English to at least enjoy the music channels. It's obviously a niche market, and it may not even be that big of a niche, but I think it's kinda cool.
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LOL The 11th will be pure profit!!!
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Most of the people I know who are immigrants and are affluent enough to own Sirius speak both english and their native tongue. I really doubt that very many people who speak ONLY Korean will be very interested in Satellite radio, but if they are there is only one choice. American/British music has really permeated the global market and many (European anyway) non-Americans are used to English language music.

I know three or four dozen of immigrants from asia (mostly Vietnamese and Chinese/Tiawanese) and they almost all listen to radio/TV in their native language as well as english.

Personally I would rather they carry the english language service of Radio Korea but I understand why they chose the Korean version. I know if I were living in a non-english-speaking country I would really like to hear American news in English.
My wife speaks English, Mandarin and Tawainese. She listen to music sometimes in her native language. We have 4 channels of Chinese programming from Directv too.

This is a huge Asian population in Houston and many other large cities.
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Do you thnk Radio Korea will give updates for some of the local liquor stores for bargain beer prices?! I'd be interested if there was a seek alert anytime Heinekin is 11.99 or less a 12-pack.
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I just don't understand the reasoning behind SIRIUS offering all of these non-English speaking channels. If I was Korean and that was the only language I spoke...why would I dish out $12.95 per month for ONE channel?! Just try to imagine subscribing to a service where you can only understand the language of 1 out of 120+ channels. Yes, I realize some people speak more than one language...but is it really enough to warrant an entire channel?

Complete waste of bandwidth, IMHO.
Well I don't see where it's alot of money (a day) to listen to just one channel

$12.95 divided by 31 days=0.4177419 cents a day

I can see someone getting either service just for one channel

before long they would find other channels they like

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...$12.95 divided by 31 days=0.4177419 cents a day...
You are right that it isn't alot of money but it actually costs 0.4177419 dollars a day. Which is almost 42 cents a day.
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...$12.95 divided by 31 days=a 0.4177419 cents day...
You are right that it isn't alot of money but it actually costs 0.4177419 dollars a day. Which is almost 42 cents a day.

No..LOL it costs 0.4177419 cents a day to listen to all the channels.. also to just one channel (if that's all you wish to do) of course rounded off to the nearest cent it would be $0.42 cents a day

if the month has 31 days.It will go up a couple of cents if the month has less than 31 days

where do you get the dollars from
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It costs 41.77419 cents a day

It costs 0.4177419 dollars a day

Harley Joel is correct
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