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Why is XM doing "This is a TEST"

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  1. BraffStaff

    BraffStaff Registered User

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    Anyone else loose some of the show today so XM could run "This is a test of the emergency broadcast system". What the FUCK is up with that! I didn't even think FM did that anymore. Why does XM do this and WHY DO THEY HAVE TEST IT DURING THE LIVE SHOW?? I DONT UNDERSTAND!!! Does the little dog do this also? Can't they sit aside some time during a break?
     
  2. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    I think it is an FCC regulation that all broadcast medium are part of the EBS and are required to do a monthly test.
     
  3. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    It's the law. Tests come down at a specific time and you have a small window to play them in. XM doesn't have a choice.
     
  4. Bud

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    Its really goddamn annoying. They always do it sometime during the O and A, Ron and Fez replay betweem 7:30pm and 3am. I don't really get it either. They're not governed by the FCC so I don't see why they have to do it. Its always during a good part too. :arrrh:
     
  5. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    They are governed by the FCC in the fact that the FCC granted them the bandwidth to broadcast.
     
  6. Sinn Fein

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    There was a test today on my Verizon FIOS TV system as well. I think today must just be test day.
     
  7. cokelogic

    cokelogic 5th Mic

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    I don't know about that. Have you ever heard it interrupt a commercial? I bet they don't fuck with the money. I've only heard it interrupt the live O&A and R&F shows.
     
  8. Begbie

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    XM and Sirius would not be able to broadcast legally without being governed by the FCC. XM and Sirius cannot acquire bandwidth without FCC approval. Last year, the FCC ordered all broadcasting mediums to participate in the EAS, satellite radio and satellite television included. The only difference is, XM and Sirius do not have to carry regional or local emergency alerts...only national alerts...mainly because they cannot send alerts only to the people affected. That's what 247 Emergency Alert channel and the regional traffic channels are for.
     
  9. BraffStaff

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    Does cable have to follow FCC? I never seen HBO do it! I only really see it on non-cable (network) stations on TV. Even then they will stop if it a commercail airs. When do they ever use this thing and not just TEST IT? I never heard it used.
     
  10. roche

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    I have seen Time Warner and Comcast both do it. When they do, it effects every channel.
     
  11. SwimConnerSwim

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    It's the FCC trying to blow up the bbbboys spot maaaaan
     
  12. Bud

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    I stand corrrrrrrrected.


    I still find it extremely annoying though. I bugs me when they do it on tv too. Do they not get that no one ever listens to those things anyway. They hear it. (Its always a test since they do them once a freakin day it seems like.) And turn it off or mute it.
     
  13. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    I remember reading somewhere that there are monthly and weekly tests that must be done. During odd months, they must be done between 8am-5pm...and during even months they must be done between 8pm-5am. I think the broadcaster can transmit the test anytime during those hours...which is the reason why you won't hear a commercial interrupted with an EAS test. That could happen on XM or Sirius though since they test on multiple channels at once and there's no telling what channel is in commercial and what is not. I do see some benefits of having a national EAS system...I just don't think, nor hope, we will ever hear an actual national emergency alert...since it would probably mean we're being invaded or a nuke was dropped on us.
     
  14. deadfruitvirus

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    Yes.
     
  15. Socialenemy69

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    Im pretty sure its just XM testing to see if Sirius satellite signals work with their units.
     
  16. Party Rooster

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    I'll bet there were a few people early on during 9/11 that thought to themselves, "Oh, great. Another fucking fire drill."
     
  17. cokelogic

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    [/quote]Oh... okay.:icon_mrgr
     
  18. stuand

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    They will use it when the nukes fly. Which will probably be sooner rather than later now that Russia is going back to their old ways.

    :(
     
  19. notalentassclwn

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    What if the power goes out, then I cant hear the emergency message
     
  20. NotSoFast

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    Didn't hear the real thing during Katrina down here.
     
  21. pmoney316

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    You complain now...but when the Chinese come...
     
  22. BraffStaff

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    Did they do a real one in NY or anyplace during 9/11
     
  23. atxklown

    atxklown Will you do me a Kindness

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    Really back in the days, I have heard it used once, during a Tornado.

    But now I just see the text down the screen while the show goes on and when there's space between the show and commercial the weather guy gives a quick alert on the activity.
     
  24. MAV

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    its been going on for quite some time now. not a new thing. its not a bad thing that they do it IMO. cause i dont care what im listening to on XM, i wanna know that i have 35 seconds to find a gas mask the next time these fucking savages attack this country.
     
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