Switching To XM: Why Now May Be the Time

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Since SIRIUS and XM Radio merged a little while back there has been some confusion about the lingering differences between the SIRIUS and XM hardware and subscriptions. As we’ve mentioned before, the merged company, Sirius XM, has discontinued some popular Sirius radio models and have continued to merge the channel lineups to create a more streamlined product line and service. With these changes some subscribers have been asking us at TSS-Radio.com whether or not they should purchase a XM radio when it’s time to upgrade. In short, the answer is Yes. Current XM radios present the most features and programming options for the Satellite Radio customer. Here are some explanations of XM hardware and service and the future of SIRIUS Radio to help you decide which radio is right for you.

  • XM Radios provide the most flexible combination of features and programming. What that means is, a XM Radio is capable of carrying more channels than any current SIRIUS model – so you’ll always be able to get more content with a XM receiver. For example, every MLB game is available on XM with a standard subscription package, but MLB play-by-play isn’t available at all on SIRIUS radios, even with the “Best of XM” package.
  • Although XM receivers are the future of Satellite Radio, some SIRIUS models will continue to be produced and available as we move forward, but availability may be limited. TSS-Radio should still be able to carry radios like the SIRIUS Starmate 5, the SCC1 vehicle tuner and the SR-H2000 home tuner for some time. However, if you are insistent on having a SIRIUS-branded radio, it is best to act fast on purchasing it, as some models will not be available after the current stock is depleted.
  • Don’t worry about SIRIUS going away. IT’S NOT. In fact, SIRIUS is launching a new satellite in 2011 and will continue producing in-dash radios for the auto industry. Many vehicles will still have SIRIUS as a factory option (rather than XM) and if you have a SIRIUS radio currently, you will be able to continue using it. These changes will not effect service on any SIRIUS radio that you may currently have or buy.

Since Sirius XM is continuing to produce XM branded radios, there are several options depending on the features, use and price you are looking for. To put the available models in terms of the SIRIUS radios you may be familiar with, here is a quick comparison of models and features:

(Red text denotes feature exclusive to that SIRIUS model, Green text denotes feature exclusive to that XM model)



Now that we’ve covered the differences between SIRIUS and XM branded hardware, here are a few notes on subscriptions. First of all, we are a separate, independent company and don’t have all of the fine details on subscriptions but in our opinion a XM subscription with the Best of SIRIUS package offers Satellite Radio customers the most programming at the best value. For $16.99 per month (+ taxes & fees) XM subscribers get every MLB game, every NFL game (home team broadcasts only), every NASCAR event, NBA, NHL, PGA, as well as premium talk content like Howard Stern, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Playboy Radio, and more! In addition, customers subscribing to the XM also have access to the Sirius XM smartphone app and Sirius XM Internet Radio for only $2.99 more per month. Having the XM Everything plus the Best of SIRIUS package with Internet Listening gives you practically everything Sirius XM has to offer and provides flexible listening options all for less than $20 per month (before taxes & fees).

For more information on subscriptions please visit www.siriusxm.com.

We hope at TSS-Radio.com that we’ve been able to clear up some of the confusion surrounding XM subscriptions and hardware. If you are a current SIRIUS customer and are looking to upgrade your radio switching to XM is a great option. Also, if you are new to XM there is currently a $30 Mail-In Rebate available on all new XM radios. With the MLB season getting underway and $30 back (Plus FREE ‘Best Of’ and Internet Listening), there’s never been a better time to switch!

If you have questions about XM radios, accessories, or basic subscription questions, please contact us at sales@tss-radio.com or call 773.772.4340. For detailed subscription questions or questions about your existing Sirius or XM subscription, please contact Sirius XM at www.siriusxm.com or 1-866-635-2349.

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