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Have your account number or radio ID ready, go to SiriusXM Listener Care, and call their number. The operator will attempt to talk you out of your cancellation (assuming you can understand their dialect). Tell them that you're cancelling because of the removal of Cinemagic from their primary service.

Send a protest e-mail

Send notice of your cancellation to SiriusXM's entertainment programming senior vice president, Jeremy Coleman. His address is jeremy.coleman@siriusxm.com. Expect a form letter response.



Filmtracks Boycotts SiriusXM for Replacing Cinemagic
Soundtrack Channel with Mormon Interest Group Channel

"So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music Abruptly Cut Off As Channel Goes Off the Air


It's no secret to film score collectors that their beloved genre of music resides outside of mainstream tastes, and nowhere has their struggle for respect been more apparent in recent years than on XM Radio and now SiriusXM. After pushing the dedicated soundtrack channel Cinemagic around in the lineup several times and cancelling it for a short time already in 2008-2009, SiriusXM announced on June 24th, 2011 that bandwidth would no longer exist for the channel beginning on July 1st, 2011. At that time, some of the channel's segments will be shifted to slots on another channel and anyone searching for Cinemagic's current format will be forced to listen to its ghost-like continuation on the Internet-only SiriusXM platform for an extra cost.

According to those who operate the channel and make its executive decisions, the final demise of Cinemagic is due to conditions of the recent merger between the satellite radio companies. As an FCC requirement, SiriusXM is being forced to open more bandwidth to minority-owned channels that are now supplanting long-standing music channels. In the case of Cinemagic, the bandwidth was reallocated to "BYU Radio," a Mormon interest group channel. Indeed, a genre of music as universal as the movies they accompany is being replaced in the dominant satellite radio lineup by a channel dedicated to the LDS Church, a minor religion considered by many to be a fringe cult that espouses highly exclusionary, historically bigoted beliefs.

Filmtracks is operated from Missoula, Montana, an area with a substantial Mormon population, and the site's office exists literally just a few feet away from an LDS student center. The members of this religion in this area have proven themselves to be not only disrespectful neighbors at times, but also on average the most diminishing of (and quietly hostile towards) women and gays, among others, as any group. As an organization, the LDS Church's expenditure of money to influence the political restrictions of equal rights in America has been extraordinarily offensive and an example of their refusal to accept universal equality. Movie soundtracks, on the other hand, inherently bring all cultures, creeds, orientations, genders, and other aspects of humanity together for the love of a genre of music that knows no such boundaries.

There is no hint about whether the channel could be resurrected once again over the air once the upcoming "SiriusXM 2.0" finishes its development. Concerns sent to the company's listener care & feedback website forms and to the "cinemagic@siriusxm.com" address for the channel are being treated with a form response from Jeremy Coleman, the senior vice president who oversees SiriusXM's entertainment programming and can be e-mailed directly at "jeremy.coleman@siriusxm.com" (though expect only the same form response). The meat of Coleman's form response to previous queries contains the following statement:

    "Making the decision to pull Cinemagic from XM was really hard. Every now and then, we have to pull a channel off our service. Our system and bandwidth only allow for so many channels, and each one of our channels has developed a passionate fan base and has taken a lot of care and creativity to put on the air. Any change we make, even if it allows us to add something new that pleases a large number of people and expand our subscriber base, will upset those that loved the channel we are removing and that's certainly the case for Cinemagic, which is so unique and artfully done."

Granted, Cinemagic has never been perfect (some of its suites omit the scores' best material, compression rates have been a concern, and the interviews occasionally contain fanboy enthusiasm), but for a decade it has been the digital airwaves' only true soundtrack representation and was a reason why many film score collectors originally chose XM over Sirius when the former was the sole provider of the station. It's been instrumental to the running of Filmtracks through the years because its suites have assisted in the editorial choices about which scores merit a review. Without Cinemagic over the air (and with perpetual, obnoxious changes to the rest of the lineup, increased fees despite the mandate of the merger, and the company's often incomprehensible service representatives in India), there is far less reason to maintain a subscription to SiriusXM. It's strongly encouraged for anyone who enjoys this channel to contact the addresses above or use the form at siriusxm.com to express dissatisfaction with the decision.

As of July 2nd, 2011, Filmtracks has cancelled its two radio subscriptions. In case anyone seeks proof, the radio IDs were: K72VC0C9 and ELXMC2HA. Notice of these cancellations and boycott has been sent to the address above as well. Now it's your turn to do the same!



   
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