Thank you for posting that link! I'm so stoked for this channel to get going already - I can finally stop listening to those surreptitiously downloaded Taper's section mp3's... ;^)
And to answer another post, there is definitely a difference in the audio quality of the stations. I am a Stern fan myself and I'm able to keep 48 min 34 sec of his channel in pause on my little starmate receiver. But when I pause Jam On (for instance), I'm only able to keep 42 min. or so... And when I wrote to ask about this incongruity, the answer I received was that the bandwidth is higher on music stations than talk radio... seems reasonable... I think the Sirius suits are just spreading the bandwidth where they need to... and hopefully they understand that The Grateful Dead Channel needs lots of bandwidth!!!
For the 'official' press release regarding the launch of the channel. It's about time, eh? Have fun, kids!!
I have been pretty impressed with the sound quality. When the "sneak preview" started on August 1 I was listening via the Dish network, and it sounded fine. Then my receiver arrived and it sounded just as good.
I don't know if there are differences in the quality of the audio transmission on different channels, but Sirius seems committed to the success of this one, and I can personally account for the high quality of the material they're broadcasting because I prepared several of the complete concerts personally.
As got Jerry Band shows, we're hoping to have all the band members' other projects represented in the flow of things.
Am I the only one that feels this way or is the sound quality of Sirius way below FM quality? I got Sirius for Howard Stern and I am very excited about the dead channel. For talk radio I don't really care about quality but some stations the treble has a tinny sound that feels a little "audiostreamy" if you know what I mean. I have been in rental cars with Sirius installed and it doesn't sound any better than my system with either the radio transmitter or hooked in to the little ipod jack. I have also wondered if some stations get more bandwidth than others because some music stations sound good some of the time but other times I feel that the listening experience is watered down. Now that everyone is moving on to mp3's in seems that in general standards and expectations for sound quality have just gone down. Am I nuts?
Also, are we going to hear Jerry live or is all that stuff protected. More than anything I am frustrated that I can't find good recordings of early 80's Jerry when he had alot of energy in the shows. I hope to hear more of that on Sirius. It seems like there are whole swaths of Jerry band where there are no master soundboards at all and only some fairly scratchy audience recordings.
Yes, XM and Sirius are the two sattelite companies. They are posed to merge. XM was the first. They had about half a million subscribers when I started five years ago. They had great programming, with Bonnaru and Merlfest live, so it was like being at the concert all weekend. They went up to 4 million in no time flat, then started cutting their programming.
Sirius signed Howard Stern, not sure if that helps or hurts.
They also have more live recordings and new artist. Sirius also has better sound quality. It sounds like lossless music. Although to be fair I had an older XM tuner.
I've only been on Sirius for a few weeks but it seems better than XM. The sound is better, and they have good live recordings of all the favs, Dylan and Young, Dead, as well as newer artist who also good covers of the classics, as well as good new music which XM used to have more of.
The only channel I liked on XM was fine tuning, otherwise Sirius has them beat for what I like.
You can call the 800 number for new subscriptions and tell them you want the free trial offer. I had to call this number to find out about the rebate.
Your mileage may vary
For me I like a lot of music I haven't heard before. There have been some great live recordings of Dylan and many others. Hopefully it wont get redundant like XM did.
They should have the dead but somebody at XM fell asleep at the switch and let Sirius have em instead.
But seems to be a serious matter anyhow:-)
but what is this Serius thing y'all are talking about? With different channels and mergers and stuff. Sattelite? Somebody fill me in please.
I attempted to try the free 3 day trial w/ Serius. I had gone through the entire rigamaroll 4 times, & it would not accept my GIVEN passwords. I called someone at thier "offices", using the toll free no.. They responded w/ a SORRY, try again approach. Supervisor unavailable.
Then I tried again 2 times.
then I emailed someone, who responded w/ SORRY, try again. "IT SHOULD WORK>" no way, although I did try.
I had done the same 3 day free trial w/ XM radio a year or so ago. That went as smooth as silk. No problems...with XM, PLUS, they have Dylan!
Maybe THEY should get The Dead>???
Caught a bunch of the and loved the live shows and interviews can't wait for the channel to launch !
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile .....