Channels missing - car headunit

SWEET GT

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I have found some good info here so far. I have only been a subscriber for about 2 days. I at first noticed that the station listings are goofed. For instace. I go to categories --> Rock and start scrolling and stations look like "Octane Bo" or something like that

They have weird spacing at the end/extra letters after the channel name

I also noticed that under hip-hop/R&B that I am missing a few channels (Backspin and something else)

For what its worth, I am on the Sirius Everything Plan and have a SIR-ALP10T tuner on my head unit.

Did I get a bad channel map? Did I not let the unit stay on long enough? I had it on for about 5 mins after activating.

Any help is appreciated!

-Rick
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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The missing channels may be due to your radio thinking you are on the family friendly plan. I would try a refresh first. This will re-activate your radio. Failing that, call Sirius CS as they may have you on the wrong plan.

As to the corrupted names, no idea. A refresh may correct those too.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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So a refresh would be just sending the activation signal again (while tuned in to 184)?

Yes. You should be able to do it from the sirius.com website or your account section.

ETA: Click on your ESN under your account and there is a button "Resent activation signal".
 

SWEET GT

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Ok, so after swapping out tuners (I had a spare) and going through a bunch of BS on the phone with Sirius, I have found out the issue.

I have the "Sirius Everything" package. The channels I used as a reference were by this list: http://www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/CachedPage&c=ChannelLineup&cid=1218563499691&o=asc&f=channelsortnumber&pid=SIR_AUD_EVT&catid=all

This list appears to be WRONG, let me explain.

First off, channels listed as SIR-8, SIR-14, etc I do not get. I guess the channel list is wrong, because my tuner only does numeric channels.

Another thing I noticed, is some channels over satellite are in different Genre's than they are on Internet Radio.


Backspin (RB/Hip hop) is listed as being a RB/Hip Hop station on both internet/satellite. When I tune to channel 39 on the radio, it states its Pop and channel Pop2K, but they are playing the same songs, etc This makes NO sense, but i am betting its a error on Sirius' part.

Also the 2 Canadian Rock channels (channel 85 and 86) are considered Rock as the link states, but actually on the radio they are latin/international. I noticed "Liquid Metal" is missing from my Rock Category, instead "E Street Radio" is listed 2 times. I however can tune to channel 27 and Liquid Metal tunes in fine and shows its genre as Rock.

All these differences between what they list on the website, versus what they actually are, has caused all the confusion.

I guess if I want to tune to a channel I cant really tune off of category/genre --> station name but just tune to the number.

I am realizing that the internet stations are offered differently than the Radio Stations. I guess the merger played a factor in some of the confusion as well?

I did get the tuners for free (normally $299) from the Sirius store..cost me $6.84 shipped. Maybe these are refurbed/slightly defective units.

All I know is that I have spent a large amount of time on the phone the past couple of days and doing alot of manual research trying to find a rhyme/reason for the problems...
 
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tbone

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The Backspin/Pop 2k problem is like that on every Sirius subscribers radio. When Sirius updates the channel names they do it all at once. XM does not have this problem.
 

SWEET GT

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What about the funky displaying of the channel name?

Take a look at this pic (the latin/world category): This is how its displaying on my CDA-9857


See the extra characters, etc? It does that on a lot of stations

What is up with that? :)
 

SWEET GT

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So I know the issue with the above picture.

I called alpine. They told me the SIR-ALP10T will work with any Alpine head unit that has the AI-NET cable/interface..but they cant guarantee how well it works.

With a higher end/nav capable head unit (like my IVA-W505 - eventhough I dont have the nav add on), it will work fine.

I tested this out on the W505 that I have in my Mustang. It works perfectly. No, weird characters and actually has alot more features than the CDA-9857 has. I can at a glance see every song playing on Sirius, etc.

So I am glad to know its not the service.

I actually have the tuner/wiring ran into the glovebox of both cars. My daily driver is a Kia, the Mustang only gets driven every so often, so I didnt want to spend the money on a 2nd subscription when the car sits most of the time.

I just disconnect the power harness, ai-net cable, and antenna (all within a few seconds) and I can just swap it out to another car (that has the same power harness, antenna, and ai-net cable).

Anyway, maybe this will help someone else who is having the same problems.
 

Kryptonite

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Ok, so after swapping out tuners (I had a spare) and going through a bunch of BS on the phone with Sirius, I have found out the issue.

I have the "Sirius Everything" package. The channels I used as a reference were by this list: SIRIUS Satellite Radio - Sirius Satellite Radio Channel Guide, Sirius Radio Channel Guide, Sirius Radio Station Guide

This list appears to be WRONG, let me explain.

First off, channels listed as SIR-8, SIR-14, etc I do not get. I guess the channel list is wrong, because my tuner only does numeric channels.


Yeah, you'd have to go on your computer (SIRIUS Satellite Radio - Everything worth listening to is now on SIRIUS or the stream_on player) to get the SIR_# channels. That stands for Sirius Internet Radio, and as such, those channels are only available online. Some of them are XM channels that can't fit on the Sirius satellite space, and others are extra channels.