SiriusXM / Sirius / XM started their Christmas music channels way too early!
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    SiriusXM / Sirius / XM started their Christmas music channels way too early!

    SiriusXM/Sirius/XM started up some of their Christmas channels I'm pretty sure right after Halloween. Don't you guys think that's way too early? Christmas music should not start until around after Thanksgiving or the start of December. SiriusXM sound quality really sucks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97chris View Post
    SiriusXM/Sirius/XM started up some of their Christmas channels I'm pretty sure right after Halloween. Don't you guys think that's way too early? Christmas music should not start until around after Thanksgiving or the start of December. SiriusXM sound quality really sucks too.
    No. Playing Christmas music before FM is just what a rival of FM should be doing. In fact, one of the Christmas channels is available yearround online and via mobile devices.

    Yes, the sound quality sucks. Today's listener doesn't care.

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    Upper Midwest had 5 Christmas flips already

    2 on the 1st
    1 on the 5th
    2 today (one is a format change)

    http://northpine.com/broadcast/2018christmas.html

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    Did they flip existing channels or simply activate a "new" channel? If the latter there's no reason to complain, just keep listening to your favorite channels.
    "Its music what makes a radio station, and at Live FM, we play the last music around."
    After receiving that copy, I quit the VO industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97chris View Post

    Christmas music should not start until around after Thanksgiving or the start of December.
    Who made that rule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97chris View Post
    SiriusXM/Sirius/XM started up some of their Christmas channels I'm pretty sure right after Halloween. Don't you guys think that's way too early? Christmas music should not start until around after Thanksgiving or the start of December. SiriusXM sound quality really sucks too.
    Yes, it's way too early!

    Christmas music should not begin until after Thanksgiving. It was always that way for decades until these corporations asked for holiday greed under the tree.

    One of our local stations will begin 11/16, still early, but much better than the late October starts the last 7-10 years. 106.3 KKLI
    Celebrating 63 Years of Rock & Roll Memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldies76 View Post
    It was always that way for decades until these corporations asked for holiday greed under the tree.

    FYI the Sirius Christmas channels are commercial free. No holiday greed. Just holiday cheer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    FYI the Sirius Christmas channels are commercial free. No holiday greed. Just holiday cheer.
    Although one of the channels has been pimped out to the greeting card market leader and rebranded The Hallmark Channel. No out-and-out advertising, but plenty of mentions of the corporation that's making the channel possible and improving SXM's bottom line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    Did they flip existing channels or simply activate a "new" channel? If the latter there's no reason to complain, just keep listening to your favorite channels.
    One of them is replacing the channel known as "Love" -- which has a softish AC/pop classic hits format. A good number of the songs regularly played on that channel aren't played anywhere else on the service. The other is on "Spotlight," Channel 4, which is usually sold to labels to hype artists who have new albums coming out or tours starting.

    Come December, for a few weeks each, a couple of channels will be pre-empted for "holiday" music. No '60s and '70s soul on Soul Town, only Christmas music. No '80s and '90s country on Prime Country, only Christmas music. Some of the "missing" soul hits are also played on their appropriate decades channels, but fans of that period in R&B are out of luck if they want to hear a full playlist of soul hits on a dedicated channel. They're better off than the fans of '80s and '90s country, though, whose favorite music goes into hibernation while Garth, Trisha, George, Reba, etc. sing only of snow, Santa and occasionally a child in a manger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    One of them is replacing the channel known as "Love" -- which has a softish AC/pop classic hits format. A good number of the songs regularly played on that channel aren't played anywhere else on the service. The other is on "Spotlight," Channel 4, which is usually sold to labels to hype artists who have new albums coming out or tours starting.

    Come December, for a few weeks each, a couple of channels will be pre-empted for "holiday" music. No '60s and '70s soul on Soul Town, only Christmas music. No '80s and '90s country on Prime Country, only Christmas music. Some of the "missing" soul hits are also played on their appropriate decades channels, but fans of that period in R&B are out of luck if they want to hear a full playlist of soul hits on a dedicated channel. They're better off than the fans of '80s and '90s country, though, whose favorite music goes into hibernation while Garth, Trisha, George, Reba, etc. sing only of snow, Santa and occasionally a child in a manger.
    I'm pretty sure they switched Venus channel 3 to Holly since Venus is no where to be found.

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