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SIRIUS XM Adds Over 334,000 Net Subscribers in the Third Quarter


NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2010

SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced that it added 334,727 net subscribers in the third quarter of 2010, compared to a net subscriber gain of 102,295 in the third quarter of 2009.

In the first three quarters of this year, SIRIUS XM added 1,089,417 net subscribers compared to a loss of 488,126 net subscribers in the first three quarters of 2009. The Company ended the third quarter with a record-high 19,862,175 subscribers, an increase of more than 1.3 million subscribers from September 30, 2009.

Of these amounts, in the first three quarters of this year:

* XM satellite radio added 469,165 net subscribers compared to a loss of 145,855 net subscribers in the first three quarters of 2009; and
* SIRIUS satellite radio added 620,252 net subscribers in the first three quarters of this year compared to a loss of 342,271 net subscribers in the first three quarters of 2009.


XM ended the third quarter with 10,218,265 subscribers, an increase of more than 513,000 subscribers from September 30, 2009. SIRIUS satellite radio ended the third quarter with 9,643,910 subscribers, an increase of more than 833,000 subscribers from September 30, 2009.

SIRIUS XM also announced the following additional third quarter 2010 subscriber metrics:

* Self-pay churn improved to 1.9% for the third quarter of 2010 from 2.0% for the third quarter of 2009; and
* The conversion rate from a trial subscription included in the sale of a vehicle to a self-pay subscription improved in the third quarter of 2010 to 48.1%, up from 46.2% for the third quarter of 2009.


The Company expects to end the year with approximately 20.1 million subscribers, implying net additions of approximately 1.3 million in 2010.

SIRIUS XM plans to release full third quarter 2010 financial results in November 2010.

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM is America's satellite radio company, broadcasting more than 135 channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to more than 19.5 million subscribers in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, and through a wide range of mobile devices.

SIRIUS XM offers an array of content from some of the biggest names in entertainment, as well as from professional sports leagues, major colleges, and national news and talk providers. SIRIUS XM programming is also available at sirius.com and xmradio.com, and on Apple iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices using the SIRIUS XM Premium Online App.

SIRIUS XM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available at retail locations nationwide, as well as shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com.
 

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Sirius XM Launches New Satellite

October 15, 2010: Sirius XM Radio has a new satellite in the air, as XM-5 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday, Aviation Week reports.

The satellite went up on an International Launch Service Proton Breeze rocket and was released into orbit early this morning. It will serve as an in-orbit spare for Sirius XM, and will be tested in a temporary location before shifting to its permanent geostationary home.

Sirius XM EVP/CFO David Frear said, "The successful launch of XM-5 bolsters our continuity of services and will help ensure Sirius XM Radio's audio and data services are reliably delivered to our customers."
 

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NEW CHANNEL: PEARL JAM RADIO
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s first public performance on Pearl Jam Radio, a new 24/7 channel featuring archival concerts, rarities, unreleased material, interviews and more. The channel will launch on Friday, October 22 at 6 pm ET with a special airing of Pearl Jam’s 10th anniversary concert recorded on October 22, 2000, in Las Vegas. Plus, the launch day special will showcase rarely heard highlights from the band’s very first performance on October 22, 1990 at Off Ramp Café in Seattle.

Pearl Jam Radio will also feature archival concerts from Pearl Jam’s celebrated career, plus unreleased material from the group’s personal music library and side projects, including solo and pre-Pearl Jam music. Additionally, listeners will be invited to participate in the weekly interactive show The All Encompassing Trip, a fan roundtable hosted by Tim Bierman, manager of Pearl Jam’s official fan club, Ten Club, and longtime Pearl Jam enthusiast and radio veteran Rob Bleetstein.

As of 10/22 at 6 pm ET, Pearl Jam Radio can be heard:
• On your radio at SIRIUS Ch. 17 and XM Ch. 39
• Online at SIR Ch. 813 and XMRO Ch. 92


Jam_ON moves to:
• On your radio at SIRIUS Ch. 81 and XM Ch. 56
• Online at SIR Ch. 17 and XMRO Ch. 56
 

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Satellite radio services finally get together in Canada


November 24, 2010

Shares in the Canadian owner of subscription-based satellite radio service XM Radio soared in Toronto Wednesday afternoon after it announced plans to merge with Sirius Canada.

When completed, the deal will create a new firm with an enterprise value of $520-million and ends long-rumoured speculation that the domestic operators of U.S.-based XM and Sirius would merge following the pair's union south of the border in August 2008.

Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., controlled by Toronto entrepreneur John Bitove Jr., will join with Sirius Canada Inc. in an all-stock "merger of equals," the companies said in a release.

Mr. Bitove will own 22.7% of the new entity's equity while Sirius XM Radio Inc., the U.S. owners of the respective radio brands taking a 37.1% stake.

CBC-Radio Canada and Slaight Communications will own 15% each, with the remaining equity, 10.2%, widely held.

The merger will combine XM's 130 digital channels with Sirius's 120, broadcasting a range of content from professional sports to news as well as myriad of music genres.

Mr. Bitove launched the XM service in Canada in 2005, taking the firm public in a new issue that raised $55-million.

The service had 432,000 subscribers as of Aug. 31 this year according to financial disclosures, a figure that has stagnated since the XM Canada reported a base of 497,000 "self-paying" users in the same period in 2008.

The firm has taken losses of more than $87-million over the same span of time.

Privately held Sirius Canada's Web site says the service has more than one million subscribers.

Both firms charge monthly fees for access to programming that is streamed through satellite-enabled radios provided each provides.

Both have eyed a strategy of embedding radios in new vehicles over the last few years. However, analysts have grown skeptical that satellite radiio can compete effectively against iPhones and other devices that can carry podcasts.

Stations streaming directly online through Web-connected mobile devices also diminishes the providers' services, some critics contend.

A conference call is slated for Wednesday afternoon.
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Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) Officially Tops 20 Million Subscribers

30 Nov 2010

Today Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) released a press release stating that they have officially surpassed the 20 million subscriber mark, a record number of subscribers in satellite radio history.

Reaching and surpassing 20 million subscribers is a significant milestone for us. We have added the last 10 million subscribers faster than the first 10 million – despite a tremendously competitive environment — representing a strong endorsement of our service and our programming by discerning consumers who want and demand the best in audio entertainment. As a leader in audio entertainment, SIRIUS XM has assembled the best content, personalities, and entertainers that satisfy our subscribers’ diverse interests.
LINK: Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) Officially Tops 20 Million Subscribers | Satellite Radio Playground
 

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Sirius XM locks in NFL games for 5 more years

11/30/2010

Sirius XM Radio Inc. has locked in rights to broadcast National Football League games for another five years, the company said Tuesday.

Sirius said it will remain the NLF's official satellite radio partner through the Super Bowl in 2016. It has broadcast NFL play-by-plays since 2004.

The company said it will also start broadcasting the games over the Web for subscribers beginning next year.

It did not disclose financial details of the agreement.
LINK: Sirius XM locks in NFL games for 5 more years - BusinessWeek
 

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December 9th 2010


Howard Stern to stay with Sirius Satellite Radio; signs new five-year contract

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Sirius XM Introduces New “TiVo”-Like Car Radio

06 Jan 2011




Sirius XM Satellite Radio

For the first time in years, Sirius XM Radio is offering a new aftermarket tuner for car stereo head units. The SXV100 will slash the cost of adding satellite radio to a car radio and simplify the installation. It will also add a 24-minute TiVo-like buffer and AppleiTunes tagging capability for the first time in this type of device.

Interestingly, the new $69.99 SXV100 is an XM tuner, although you can receive the Best of Sirius on it. Most of the new products from Sirius XM in recent years are on the XM platform which jibes with hints from company brass that Sirius XM will convert to the XM platform over the next decade.

The SXV100 does away with the need for a special cable for each brand of radio, which cuts out $40+ on the cost of adding satellite radio to a deck. Instead suppliers will include compatible firmware in their new radios. And retailers no longer have to stockpile about 20 different cables. Some of the first compatible radios should come from Alpine, Sony (NYSE:SNE) and possibly Audiovox (NASDAQ:VOXX).

Other features on the SVX100 tuner include game alert for when your favorite team is playing and alerts when your favorite song or artist is on the air. You can also pause, rewind and fast forward through up to 24 minutes of XM or Best of Sirius programming. The music is buffered in a “first-in, first-out” basis.

There’s no backwards compatibility with existing radios. Sirius XM will continue to supply the old XM tuners “for as long as the market needs them, but we suspect that the transition by our partners would be pretty quick,” said Sean Gibbons, VP product marketing for the aftermarket.

Alpine will offer the first 3 SXV100-compatible radios, one of which will ship bundled with the XM tuner in the box at a very aggressive price of $220.99 for the package. Called the CDE-124SXM, it ships in March.
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Sirius XM Could Arrive In Alaska & Hawaii

Sirius XM Could Arrive At Last In Alaska & Hawaii
January 18, 2011

According to reports, Sirius XM is closer than ever to being available in Alaska and Hawaii. SatWavesPro.com reports that the satcaster is moving quickly to get access to its content in the two states. The FCC recently cleared approval for Sirius XM to broadcast to Alaska and Hawaii via terrestrial repeaters. New filings by the satcaster ask the FCC for approval to adjust the use of its satellites, which could be a part of this move into the two states.

Late last year, the Commission granted "with conditions, special temporary authority to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. to operate four terrestrial repeaters...at various locations in Alaska and Hawaii."

The repeaters would extend coverage to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska, and Honolulu in Hawaii, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Sirius XM would then reposition its satellites, with FCC approval, to better cover the states.

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Sirius XM to FCC: let us raise subscription prices after July 28

January 24th, 2011 by Matthew Lasar in FCC, satellite radio



Sirius XMA Sirius XM (SIRI) subscription price hike after July? It’s looking more likely, judging from recent correspondence with the Federal Communications Commission.

When the FCC agreed to let Sirius XM satellite radio merge, one of the voluntary conditions to which the new entity agreed was to hold off on raising their “current or proposed prices” for at least thirty-six months after the consummation of the union. These included regular and premium channels.

“Six months prior to the expiration of the commitment period, the Commission will seek public comment on whether the cap continues to be necessary in the public interest,” the Order noted. “The Commission will then determine whether it should be modified, removed, or extended.”

Sirius and XM consummated the merger on July 28, 2008. That means that the voluntary price cap period ends on July 28 of this year. And that public comment period should be coming soon. Present Sirius subscription prices range from $6.99 for an a la carte package to $19.99 for the Sirius XM “all-in-one” deal.

But Sirius XM already knows what the FCC should decide on the matter. “In light of the increasingly competitive landscape for audio entertainment, there is no need for the Commission to seek to extend or modify the subject rate cap and Sirius XM requests that the FCC take no steps to do so,” the company wrote to the Commission on Thursday.

Why? In its Order, the FCC noted that it wanted to hear public comment because the agency did “not know what the competitive landscape will be like in three years.”

Sirius XM says it’s obvious now:

The audio entertainment market is even more robustly competitive today than it was in 2008 when the FCC granted the merger applications. Satellite radio competes for listeners with an expanding array of audio entertainment choices—most of which are available to consumers for free. These choices include terrestrial AM/FM radio, HD radio, iPods and other portable audio devices, and they increasingly include Internet-based services, such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Lastfm and iheartradio.

Pandora alone is reportedly available on over 200 devices in addition to the computer. This competition for audio entertainment is especially acute in vehicles, with several automakers introducing features integrating Internet-based services, further reducing any remaining arguable hurdles to the seamless use of smartphones, iPods and other portable audio devices in vehicles.

In early January 2011, Toyota announced it would introduce ‘Entune’ in its vehicles, an integrated multimedia system designed to compete with Ford’s SYNC system and the products introduced by BMW and Mini. Such marketplace changes confirm precisely what the United States Department of Justice found when it closed its investigation of the Sirius-XM merger nearly three years ago.

In granting its consent to the merger, DOJ identified ‘competitive alternative services available to consumers’ and noted, in particular, that ‘a number of technology platforms are under development that are likely to offer new or improved alternatives to satellite radio [including] . . . the expected introduction within several years of next-generation wireless networks capable of streaming Internet radio to mobile devices.’

DOJ’s findings have been confirmed by independent parties in the FCC’s rulemaking regarding HD Radio technology and through subsequent technological developments.

Furthermore, even if the Commission thinks it has the authority to extend the expiring cap, doing so wouldn’t be practical, Sirius XM argues:

For example, the price cap was suggested by the applicants for a defined period of time. Government-set rates are something quite different. How would the FCC independently justify setting $12.95—or any other particular rate—as the appropriate rate for basic satellite subscriptions? And for what period of time? Moreover, what process would the Commission employ for determining subscription rates or the period of time they would be in effect?

No word yet on when this FCC comment period will begin. But Sirius XM subscribers should probably gird their monetary loins for rate hikes in the fall or beyond. After all, somebody’s gotta pay for Howard.


 

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Sirius XM Radio posts a 4th-quarter loss
Feb 15, 2011


NEW YORK (AP) — Sirius XM Radio Inc. reported a fourth-quarter net loss, pressured by higher operating expenses and larger losses from extinguishing debt and credit facilities.

The satellite radio provider said Tuesday that it subscriber base rose 8 percent in 2010, but provided a 2011 revenue outlook below Wall Street's view.

Its stock fell 10 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $1.73 in morning trading. Over the last year, the shares have traded between 79 cents and $1.88.

Sirius XM reported a net loss of $81.4 million, or 2 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 31. That compares with net income of $11.8 million, or break-even per share, a year earlier.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected break-even results for the quarter.

Loss on the extinguishment of debt and credit agreements rose to $85.4 million from $3.9 million.

Revenue improved to $735.9 million from $676.2 million, but missed Wall Street's estimate of $738.2 million.

The company had 328,789 net subscriber additions in the quarter compared with 257,028 in the year-ago period.

Total operating expenses increased to $664.3 million from $592.5 million during the quarter.

For the full year, Sirius XM reported net income of $43.1 million, or a penny per share, compared with a net loss of $538.2 million, or 15 cents per share, in the prior year.

Annual revenue climbed 14 percent to $2.82 billion from $2.47 billion.

Sirius XM had about 20.2 million subscribers as of Dec. 31, up from approximately 18.8 million a year earlier. It added about 1.4 million net subscribers in 2010.

Looking ahead, the New York company predicts 2011 revenue of about $3 billion. Analysts expect revenue of $3.08 billion.

Sirius XM anticipates it will add another 1.4 million net new subscribers in 2011.

 

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SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio Cover Daytona 500 and NASCAR Speedweeks
Auto Racing on Satellite Radio


By Corey Deitz, About.com Guide
"SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio logo"


Feb 16 2011

Racing fans can find the action on SIRIUS XM Radio this year. To kick things off, the satellite radio services are promising to provide comprehensive coverage of the upcoming Daytona 500 and NASCAR Speedweeks.

SIRIUS NASCAR Radio (channel 128 on SIRIUS and XM subscribers with the "Best of SIRIUS") will broadcast from Daytona International Speedway daily through February 21.

On Daytona 500 race day, SIRIUS XM will start broadcasting at 7:00 am ET, offering listeners 15 hours of live coverage.

Sirius NASCAR Radio will air all the action on the track during the 53rd running of The Great American Race, starting at 1:00 pm ET. including before and after race coverage, analysis, reports from pit road and the garages, driver introductions and race winner interviews.

For this year’s Daytona 500, Sirius subscribers and XM subscribers with the “Best of Sirius” can hear the following:

* Live race call provided by MRN – Sirius 128 / XM 128
* Jimmie Johnson in-car audio – Sirius 125 / XM 102
* Jeff Gordon in-car audio – Sirius 126 / XM 103
* Tony Stewart in-car audio – Sirius 127 / XM 104
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. in-car audio – Sirius 90 / XM 105
* Denny Hamlin in-car audio – Sirius 91 / XM 106
* Kevin Harvick in-car audio – Sirius 113 / XM 107
* Jamie McMurray in-car audio – Sirius 152 / XM 108
* Carl Edwards in-car audio – Sirius 153 / XM 109
* Fan’s Choice channel (driver TBD) – Sirius 154 / XM 110
* NASCAR Officials’ channel – Sirius 158 / XM 111

SIRIUS NASCAR Radio’s weekday talk lineup begins at 7:00 am ET with:

"The Morning Drive" (7:00 – 11:00 am ET), hosted by Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone
"Tradin’ Paint" (11:00am – 3:00pm ET), hosted by Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Rick Benjamin and Hall of Famer Buddy Baker (Fridays only)
"SIRIUS Speedway" (3:00 – 7:00 pm ET) with Dave Moody and Angie Skinner
"Late Shift" (7:00 – 10:00 pm ET) hosted by Dave Ross and Buddy Baker (Mondays and Tuesdays)
"Mojo Nixon’s Manifold Destiny" (10:00 pm – midnight ET) (Mondays)
"Dialed In" (7:00 – 10:00 pm ET) hosted by Claire B. Lang (Wednesday through Friday)
 

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Canada: Shareholders OK merger

From The Canadian Press, February 17, 2011 - 5:38 p.m.
Shareholders OK merger of satellite radio companies XM Canada and Sirus Canada

By The Canadian Press


TORONTO - Shareholders have given their permission for the parent of XM Canada to merge with Sirius Canada, combining the country's only two subscriber radio services.

The merger of Sirius Canada and Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX:XSR), is currently expected to close during CSR's fiscal third quarter, which ends May 31.

Sirius Canada, a private company that is 40 per cent owned by CBC Radio, 40 per cent by Slaight Communications and 20 per cent by Sirius XM in the United States, will end up with 58 per cent ownership of CSR, the parent of XM Canada.

In the United States, Sirius and XM merged in 2008 to form Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) — which held 47 per cent of Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings prior to the merger.
 

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SiriusXM Internet Radio App

SiriusXM Internet Radio App Featuring iPad-Optimized Design Now Available

March 17, 2011



SIRIUS XM RADIO has an update to its free APPLE iOS application, featuring a new iPAD-optimized user interface, now available on the iTUNES APP STORE. The SIRIUSXM Internet Radio App is designed for the iPAD, iPHONE and iPOD TOUCH and delivers over 120 SIRIUSXM channels of programming on the go.

Included in the new design are album art and artist biographies. Technical updates included improve audio quality and performance on cellular networks.

 

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SIRIUS Channel Changes Coming May 5th!

Just got word on this... looks like there will be some big changes coming on May 5th to the Sirius Lineup on DISH Network (and quite possibly on the actual Sirius / XM services as well.)

Many channels are moving channel numbers and some channels have new names...

I am listing all the channels that are listed. If a channel is not listed I have no idea what that means for the future of that channel.

Of course all this is subject to change.


OLD NAME ........................ NEW NAME ...................... OLD CH # ..... NEW CH #........
SIRIUS HITS -1.................... SiriusXM Hits 1................... 6001...............6002
SIRIUS '40s on 4.................... SiriusXM '40s on 4...............6004...............6004
SIRIUS '50s on 5.................... SiriusXM '50s on 5...............6005...............6005
SIRIUS '60s on 6.................... SiriusXM '60s on 6...............6006...............6006
SIRIUS '70s on 7.................... SiriusXM '70s on 7...............6007...............6007
SIRIUS '80s on 8.................... SiriusXM '80s on 8...............6008...............6008
SIRIUS '90s on 9.................... SiriusXM '90s on 9...............6009...............6009
SIRIUS E Street Radio .......... SiriusXM E Street Radio......6010...............6020
SIRIUS BBC Radio 1 ............ SiriusXM BBC Radio 1........6011...............6015
SIRIUS The Pulse................... SiriusXM The Pulse ............6012...............6010
SIRIUS Elvis Radio ............... SiriusXM Elvis Radio .........6013...............6019
SIRIUS Classic Vinyl ............ SiriusXM Classic Vinyl.......6014...............6026
SIRIUS Classic Rewind......... SiriusXM Classic Rewind....6015...............6025
SIRIUS Deep Tracks.............. SiriusXM Deep Tracks.........6016...............6027
SIRIUS Perl Jam Radio ......... SiriusXM Perl Jam Radio ....6017..............6022
SIRIUS Spectrum................... SiriusXM Spectrum..............6018...............6028
SIRIUS Boneyard................... SiriusXM Boneyard..............6019...............6038
SIRIUS Octane....................... SiriusXM Octane...................6020...............6037
SIRIUS Alt Nation................. SiriusXM Alt Nation ............6021 ...............6036
SIRIUS 1st Wave .................. SiriusXM 1st Wave ..............6022 ...............6033
SIRIUS Hair Nation .............. SiriusXM Hair Nation ..........6023................6039
SIRIUS Lithium..................... SiriusXM Lithium ................6024 ...............6034
SIRIUS Underground Garage.SiriusXM Underground Garage... 6025........6021
SIRIUS XMU........................ SiriusXM XMU .................. 6026................6035
SIRIUS Liquid Metal ........... SiriusXM Liquid Metal ....... 6027 ............... 6040
SIRIUS Faction ..................... SiriusXM Faction ................ 6028 ............... 6041
SIRIUS The Loft ................... SiriusXM The Loft .............. 6029 ............... 6030
SIRIUS Coffee House ........... SiriusXM Coffee House ...... 6030 ............... 6031
SIRIUS Radio Margaritaville. SiriusXM Radio Margaritaville .. 6031.........6024
SIRIUS Grateful Dead Channel .. SiriusXM The Grateful Dead 6032 ....... 6023
SIRIUS The Bridge ............... SiriuxXM The Brdge ........... 6033 ...............6032
SIRIUS XM Chill .................. SiriusXM Chill .................... 6035 ...............6054
SIRIUS BPM ......................... SiriusXM BPM .................... 6036 ...............6051
SIRIUS Area > Electric Area .. Sirius Electric Area ............ 6038 ...............6053
SIRIUS Backspin .................. SiriusXM Backspin .............. 6039 ...............6046
SIRIUS Hip-Hop Nation....... Sirius XM Hip-Hop Nation .. 6040 ................6044
SIRIUS Shade 45 ................. SiriusXM Shade 45................ 6045 ................6045
SIRIUS The Heat ................. SiriuxXM The Heat ............... 6050 ...............6047
SIRIUS Heart & Soul ........... SiriusXM Heart & Soul ........ 6051 ................6048
SIRIUS Soul Town ............... SiriusXM Soul Town ............ 6053 ................6049
SIRIUS The Highway .......... SiriusXM The Highway ........ 6060 ................6059
SIRIUS Prime Country ........ SiriusXM Prime Country ...... 6061 .................6058
SIRIUS Roadhouse .............. SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse .. 6062 .............6056
SIRIUS Outlaw Country ...... SiriusXM Outlaw Country .... 6063 ...............6060
SIRIUS Bluegrass Junction . SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.. 6065 ..............6061
SIRIUS The Message ........... SiriusXM The Message .......... 6066 ..............6063
SIRIUS Praise ....................... SiriusXM Praise ..................... 6068 ..............6064
SIRIUS Watercolors ............. SiriusXM Watercolors ............ 6071 ..............6066
SIRIUS Real Jazz ................ SiriusXM Real Jazz ................ 6072 ..............6067
SIRIUS Spa .......................... SiriusXM Spa ...........................6073 ..............6068
SIRIUS BB King's Bluesville.. SiriusXM BB King's Bluesville .. 6074 ........6070
SIRIUS Siriusly Sinatra .........SiriusXM Siriusly Sinatra ........6075..............6071
SIRIUS Escape ................... SiriusXM Escape.......................6076...............6069
SIRIUS On Broadway ......... SiriusXM On Broadway ...........6077 ..............6072
SIRIUS Metropolitan Opera Radio .. SiriusXM Met Opera Radio .. 6078.....6074
SIRIUS XM Pops................. SiriusXM Pops ..........................6079 .............. 6075
SIRIUS Symphony Hall .... SiriusXM Symphony Hall ......... 6080 .............6076
SIRIUS Jam_On .................. SiriusXM Jam_On..................... 6081 .............6029
SIRIUS Caliente ................. SiriusXM Caliente ..................... 6083 ............. 6090
SIRIUS The Joint ............... SiriusXM The Joint .................... 6084 ............. 6042

Again if some channels are missing I dont know what that means... will the channel be dropped? Will the channel be replaced by a new channel which has not yet been announced? Honestly I don't know and have only forwarded the information which has been provided to me.

Speculate on my friends and thank you for visiting SatelliteGuys.US!
 

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Sirius XM adds listeners, sees Japan supply issues
05/03/2011


* Revenue up 9 pct, misses Street view

* Sees Japan supply issues affecting car sales, growth

* Shares rise 0.5 percent premarket (Adds forecast, details on Japan, byline)

By Liana B. Baker

NEW YORK, May 3 (Reuters) - Sirius XM Radio (SIRI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported higher first-quarter revenue as it added more listeners but it said supply chain uncertainty in Japan would affect car sales and hurt its subscriber growth this year.

The company, home to programming by Howard Stern and Major League Baseball, said it had added 373,064 subscribers in the quarter, bringing its total listener base to an all-time high of 20.6 million people.

Sirius XM attracts new subscribers from new car owners who receive free radios in their new vehicles. Its services are featured in several car brands, including Toyota. About half of the listeners who receive a few months of free radio with their new car later sign up for the full service.

The company maintained its expectations to add 1.4 million new subscribers this year. It said in a statement that if it was not for car "supply chain uncertainty resulting from the tragedy in Japan, we would be in a position to raise our subscriber guidance."

Many investors were expecting the company to raise its subscriber forecast and this might be disappointing for them, said Gabelli & Co analyst Brett Harriss.

"With the issue of Japan, there's speculation that total car sales might drop so that's why Sirius XM's guidance looks very conservative for the rest of the year," he said.

The company said it is on track for its full-year revenue to be about $3 billion this year, which is slightly shy of analysts' estimates of $3.07 billion.

The company said its revenue per subscriber figure dropped in the quarter as each customer spent less on the service than a year earlier.

Net income rose to $78.1 million, or 1 cent per share, from $41.5 million, or 1 cent per share, a year earlier.

 

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UPDATE 2-Sirius XM raises prices, shares gain


* Raises prices on basic package by $1.54 a month

* Increases to go into effect on Jan. 1

* Shares rise 7 pct (Adds background on price increases, byline, updates share movement)


09/14/2011

Sept 14 (Reuters) - After years of being prevented by the government from raising prices, Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said will increase the cost of its most popular radio package by about $1.50, which sent the satellite radio provider's shares up more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

Customers will now pay $14.49 a month for Sirius XM basic packages instead of $12.95. This is below the $2 price increase some analysts were expecting.

The company will also adjust the prices of other programming packages, starting Jan. 1.

The company was widely expected to raise its prices after the Federal Communications Commission lifted a three-year ban on price increases in July. The ban was imposed after Sirius Satellite Radio merged with its only rival, XM Satellite Radio, in July 2008 and regulators worried about the creation of a lone satellite radio company.

Sirius XM, which has radios in more than 65 percent of new cars in the United States, also expects 2012 revenue of about $3.3 billion, up 10 percent from 2011.

This was slightly below analysts' expectations of $3.37 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Last quarter, the satellite radio provider added a better-than-expected 452,147 subscribers, bringing its total listener base to more than 21 million people.

Sirius XM, home to programming by Howard Stern and Major League Baseball, continues to expect net subscriber additions of 1.6 million for 2011.

Sirius XM shares were up more than 7 percent at $1.81 in late afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. (Reporting by Liana B. Baker in New York and Saqib Iqbal Ahmed in Bangalore; editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Andre Grenon)
 

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SiriusXM 2.0 delivers over 20 new satellite radio channels.

October 24, 2011

Sirius XM Radio in the United States last week announced SiriusXM 2.0, a new technology which enables the satellite radio broadcaster to greatly expand the number of channels it can offer customers of its new SiriusXM Edge radio (shown here).



The Edge Dock and Play Radio is the only SiriusXM radio that can access the new 2.0 technology and is now being sold in the United States for $140 at over 2,500 retail locations.

SiriusXM says the new 2.0 technology uses “highly efficient modulation and compression techniques” which delivers 25% more bandwidth capacity without affecting the broadcast quality of existing channels.

“The expansion of our commercial-free music offerings, the launch of SiriusXM Latino, the near-doubling of our comedy channels, and additions to our live sports talk, deepens the channel offerings available to SiriusXM subscribers” said Sirius’ Scott Greenstein. President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

The Edge radio includes PVR-like capabilities which allow a listener to rewind and replay the broadcast. The new Edge also allows users to browse other channels without leaving a station, one-touch jump to traffic and weather in specific cities, and to store up to ten favorites.

Unfortunately, the new technology and new channels are not available to Canadians who subscribe to SiriusXM Canada programming packages.

The expanded programming offering from SiriusXM includes:

Music

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio, channel 310: SiriusXM and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will commemorate the artists who’ve been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The channel will feature highlights from Induction Ceremonies from the past, the Rock Hall’s famous 25th anniversary celebration from Madison Square Garden, and stories from the Museum.
SiriusXM Comes Alive!, channel 316: A Library of live classic rock recordings.
RockBar, channel 313: Non-stop anthems from artists like AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Nickelback, The Ramones, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, and more.
Classic College Radio, channel 319: The roots of Indie Rock started on college campuses across North America. This channel brings music from bands such as Sonic Youth, The Replacements, The Pixies, R.E.M., Bjork, Guided by Voices, among others.
Red White & Booze, channel 350: The music of Country-themed bars and honky tonks across America, featuring a mix of country and rock songs from artists like Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more.
Party Mega Mix, channel 300: An upbeat party soundtrack from artists like The Black Eyed Peas, B-52′s, Katy Perry, Run DMC, Usher, and more.

Comedy

Carlin’s Corner, channel 400: Produced with George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, the station honors the man who made the “seven deadly words” famous with his own channel.
UCB Radio, channel 406: Produced with the Upright Citizens Brigade, this channel features underground sketch, improv and stand-up comedy that is breaking new styles of comedy and launching new star comedians.
Dirty Dog, channel 403: Pushing the boundaries of rude and raucous comedy farther than ever before, including favorite comics at their edgiest, such as Sam Kinison, Jim Norton, Doug Stanhope, Artie Lange, Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman and more.

Sports

ESPN SportsCenter, channel 370: offering sports news and highlights shows, including SportsCenter, ESPNews and more.

Lifestyle

Krishna Das Yoga Radio, channel 360: Coming soon. Created in partnership with yoga musician Krishna Das, the channel features music from Krishna Das and many different artists from the world of yoga and meditation.

Latino

To appeal to the fastest growing population segment in the United States, SiriusXM has added numerous new Latin music channels including: Caliente, channel 150; Viva, channel 500; La Mezcla, channel 503; Flow Nacion, channel 506; Aguila, channel 510; Latidos, channel 520; Caricia, channel 523; Luna, channel 530; Rumbon, channel 533; La Kueva, channel 540; Latin rock classics and today’s upcoming artists, including Mana, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Soda Estereo, Molotov, Juanes, Puya, Rata Blanca, and more.

Other new Latin Channels include: RadioFormula Mexico, channel 560, a 24/7 news and talk from the leading radio broadcaster from Mexico; Playboy Radio en Espanol, channel 569 and more Spanish-language NFL, MLB, Soccer and University sports coverage.

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Sirius XM holiday music programming begins today

November 14, 2011

Satellite radio provider Sirius XM today launched two of its seven limited run holiday music channels.

Launching today will be Holly, which features contemporary holiday music and Holiday Traditions which plays traditional holiday recordings from the ’40s through the ’60s by artists such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Ray Conniff and Nat “King” Cole. The remaining stations Holiday Pops, Country Christmas, Navidad, Holiday Soul and Radio Hanukkah will launch in December.

Holly and Holiday Traditions run from November 14th until New Year’s day. Holly can be found on Sirius XM channel 17. Holiday Traditions airs on Sirius XM Channel 147 and will also be available on Limited Engagements 2 on SiriusXM Internet Radio channel 812.

The following is a brief overview of the five other limited run channels from Sirius XM.

Holiday Pops will broadcast carols sung by the greatest classical musicians of all-time including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Luciano Pavarotti, Boston Pops and Leontyne Price among others. Holiday Pops will air beginning Friday December 2 and runs until the end of Christmas day on Sirius XM Channel 75.

Country Christmas will feature a wide-ranging assortment of country Christmas music, including Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Rogers. Country Christmas will air beginning December 2ndand runs until the end of Christmas day on channel 58.

Radio Hanukkah will broadcast a celebration showcasing Hanukkah music and Jewish culture. Radio Hanukkah will air from Tuesday December 20th through Wednesday December 28th on channel 68.

Navidad will feature contemporary Latin holiday music and traditional sounds, including Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Aventura, Marco Antonio Solis and Christina Aguilera. Navidad will run from Friday, December 2 through Friday, January 6 on Sirius XM 501. In addition, Navidad will be available on Edge radios and on Limited Engagements 3 on SiriusXM Internet Radio channel 813.

Holiday Soul on channel 49 will feature classic soul and Motown holiday music from the ’60s and ’70s, including Aretha Franklin, Temptations, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dionne Warwick, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The O’Jays and Gladys Knight. Holiday Soul will air from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 25.


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Sirius Lifetime Subscription?

What Happens With That Sirius Lifetime Subscription?


November 13, 2011

With the advent of Satellite Radio 2.0, I am frequently asked what this means for those that have a lifetime subscription from Sirius. Lifetime subscriptions were once made available to Sirius subscribers, and depending on how long your receiver lasts, might have been a good deal. The most frequent misconception with the Sirius XM lifetime subscription is the definition of the word “lifetime”.

The first thing readers need to understand is that with Sirius XM and nearly anytime you hear the term lifetime, it does not really mean lifetime. Lottery winners often learn that lifetime is defined as about 20 years. In our legal system “life in prison” does not always mean someone will be behind bars until they die.

Smart companies often clearly define what “lifetime” means. There are occasions where some companies offer “lifetime” subscriptions without very much of a definition. Consumers run the risk of thinking they have a certain level of service without much of any recourse if the party selling a “lifetime” subscription decides to limit their level of service, walk away from the business, or simply coast along giving the subscriber less and less over time. An undefined lifetime subscription can cause mass confusion. Services may get added that suddenly are not included in the lifetime subscription. The consumer is left wondering exactly what they bought.

With Sirius XM the lifetime subscription is clearly defined, but even with that many people are still confused over what they do and don’t get for service. Below are some points that may help people understand what their lifetime subscription will be going forward:

The first thing to understand with a Sirius Lifetime subscription is that it is for the lifetime of the receiver, not the person. If your receiver lasts you 3.5 years, you are slightly ahead of the game. If not, you paid more than you perhaps should have. Lifetime subscribers can transfer their subscription to a new radio 3 times for a transfer fee of $75 each time. This only applies to a plug and play radio, and not a car radio. The problem is that Sirius XM is moving things over to the XM platform and Sirius branded radios such as the new Starmate 8 do not feature content like Satellite Radio 2.0. Thus if you have a Stiletto that has finally died, you need to find a new Sirius branded radio to transfer your lifetime subscription to. The new Sirius XM Edge and upcomming Lynx are not eligible for a transfer at this time.

Lifetime subscriptions come with Internet Radio included. The good news is that you will receive all of the new Internet Radio channels inclusive of the recent channels added via the Satellite Radio 2.0 technology. The bad news is that if you are trying to listen in your car you can not receive Satellite Radio 2.0 over the satellite feed. People who use the Sirius XM app to get their content are typically using the Internet feed (unless you have a SkyDock). The Lifetime subscription gives you versatility, but you are reliant on a data feed.

Sirius XM only owes you certain content with a lifetime subscription. The user agreement does not guarantee you that you will receive premium content. For example Sirius Premier costs about $4 per month and allows users to access some content available on the XM platform. Lifetime subscribers do not get this content as part of their lifetime subscription. Let’s assume for a moment that Sirius XM lands a deal with Rush Limbaugh. The company can make that a premium channel, or put it on the XM platform, and Sirius subscribers may not receive the channel. Another example is that during the merger process Sirius lost the NBA and it went top XM. The only way a lifetime subscriber now gets the NBA is through paying more money. Sirius XM is not bound to give you all of the specific content that was offered when you signed up. They must only give you similar levels of content. You lost the NBA, but gained some soccer. Sirius XM was well within their rights to make that change, and a Lifetime subscriber must accept it.

Satellite Radio 2.0 capabilities may never be available to Sirius Lifetime subscribers. The company is under no requirement to make your satellite radio experience the same as consumers with newer and more capable radios. If a new radio offers “On-Demand” features, but is on the XM platform, Sirius Lifetime subscribers will most likely be left out either with all or some of the new capabilities and channels.

The lesson here is that while many received good value for their lifetime subscriptions, they may not get all of the bells and whistles going forward. As frustrating as this may be, it is simply the way it is. Sirius XM is in the business of trying to make money. If they had their druthers they would probably wish that the lifetime subscription no longer existed. One way to pare down the number of these subscriptions is to simply let the “lifetime” receivers die off and have consumers move over to subscription plans that generatwe revenue on a long term basis.

The bottom line is that consumers need to be a bit cautious anytime they hear the term lifetime. Before buying anything “lifetime” read the terms and understand them. Lifetime typically does not mean until the day you die. Sirius XM may change some of these policies, they have the right to modify them at any time, but I would not hold my breath. There are simply not enough lifetime subscribers to make a material difference in the “complaints” department.


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