Satellite Radio is future of broadcasting
Satellite Radio, in short, can be described as commercial-free music, news, sports and talk shows. Many of biggest players and events are now available from Sirius radio and XM radio like Howard Stern, Fred Schneider (the B52s), NFL, English Soccer, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, Major League Baseball, INDY, and PGA.
Satellite radio began in 1992, when ‘S’ spectrum was allocated by FCC to four companies. The two main ones, Sirius and XM paid a pretty penny (in fact almost $80 million dollars worth) to buy a license. Satellite-based radio began on May 15th, 2001 when XM Radio completed their satellite system. Sirius followed shortly when they launched in July, 2001. Since then, expanded products and competition has changed radio landscape.
While automobile manufacturers started installing satellite radio in 2001 and 2002, most new vehicles come equipped with one now. XM has two satellites (called ‘Rock’ and ‘Roll’) in parallel orbits to cover mainland US market, while Sirius has three. Both have recently been awarded licenses for Canadian market.
So what are differences between two providers?
XM has a flat $9.99 a month fee with no contracts to sign. They have latest portable equipment. XM offers some of best varieties of programming available today. They offer 68 commercial-free music channels; 32 channels of News, Sports, Talk & Entertainment; and 21 channels of instant Traffic & Weather in major metro areas. Here's latest information of channels:
15 channels of Rock music
11 News channels (Fox, CNN, ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Bloomberg)
11 Talk & Variety channels (Discovery, E!, Experts & advice, African American Talk, Christian Talk)
10 channels of Pop music & Top Hits
7 Country music choices
7 channels of Blues & Jazz music
7 Hip Hop and Urban music choices