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How do you take your Media? DVDs? MP3s? Blu-Ray? Radio?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Long has media been a part of our lives. We use media every day; Magazines, DVD’s, or Radio, we use these tools to either get information or the entertainment that we need/desire. The types of media that is available to people is so numerous to even begin counting. But there has to been one media you use that you rely on more. For some TV is the largest media device in their lives for others Radio either Satellite or Terrestrial. We all find a devices and medias to suit our needs and desires.

I am asking you, the readers of the TSS-Radio Blog, What media do you use and how do you like it? I asked several of the employees here at TSS-Radio to see what media they use and how the feel about it. Here is what I got:

netflix Myself(Josh): I just got Netflix for my Xbox360. It streams right to my HDTV and displays the movie’s full glory. The amount of instant content on Netflix is a little lacking(around 12,000 titles), but the quality of the stream(variable by ISP of course, I use just standard cable internet) is outstanding. As my colleague on Digital Radio Central, Sgip2000, pointed out, you have to preselect the content you want to see on Netflix.com from your computer first and then it becomes available on your Xbox360. Other than the preselection of the content, I would suggest to anyone who has both an Xbox360 and Netflix to check it out. It’s a great way to watch the Netflix Instant content on your TV and in HD.

siriusTish:I have a lot of stuff. Specifically, I have a lot of entertainment options.  From an iPod and Wii to DJ equipment and digital cable, I can never legitimately be bored.  There are two things, though, that have really simplified my media consumption.  First is the Tivo.  Tivo allows me to watch whatever I want whenever I have time.  I love that I can set the Tivo to record some obscure movie that only plays once at 3 A.M. on Wednesday night and then watch it at my leisure–which is definitely NOT 3 A.M. on a Wednesday night!

The second media device that has made my life a lot easier is my SIRIUS Satellite Radio.  I currently live in Chicago but my family lives in Southwest Ohio, so I travel back and forth several times a year by car.  The SIRIUS radio allows me to listen to commercial free music, with a wide variety of musical genres represented, without changing the channel or dealing with static for the entire 500 mile trip.  Besides the music, I LOVE the NPR stations!  I always try to schedule my trip so I can catch Talk of the Nation Science Friday and The Splendid Table on the weekends. In addition to the great programming–SIRIUS has that traditional radio feel that is missing from the iPod or Slacker experience.  I actually really like hearing DJs and top of the hour news reports and the variety of talk programs.  I love music, but the human element is really missing from most of the other portable media options. There is something special about the personal feel you get with talk or terrestrial radio and I feel SIRIUS offers that without all of the repetitive junk and commercials.

All in all, the Tivo and SIRIUS Radio both offer diversity in your programming options and the ability to enjoy only what you are interested in without all of the filler.  So, if you haven’t already….Check ‘em out!!

memorexRoss:I put the Memorex cassette mix tape into my GE walkman and then put my Koss over ear headphones on (need to replace that damn missing foam on one ear).

We will be adding a few more opinions from TSS-Radio Staff, but now we want to hear from You. Just Click Below to COMMENT and tell us about your media!

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SIRIUS Backseat TV w/Review

Friday, February 6th, 2009
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SIRIUS Backseat TV SCV1

The Sirius Backseat TV allows you to receive family programming 24/7 from channels Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network Mobile, right from your car,truck or boat.

Tests on this unit reveals that it loads slightly quicker than expected and has decent picture quality for the size screen used. You cannot watch full shows from Cartoon Network Mobile, only shows 2-8 mins in duration and on a selected basis. All other channels act as normal. I tested it with a rear-view mirror monitor, but a more traditional application maybe more beneficial.

The Unit’s Display is sufficient and the double remote feature is clever. The rear seat TV is controlled by either a small display panel up-front or an oversized remote built for small, apple juice covered hands.

The BackSeat TV can offer more than ever expected with a Sirius tuner. The ability to stream TV over Sirius’s satellites is beyond compare with most other media. It remains cost efficient and satisfying to the general user. All you HDTV fans be weary it does not come in 1080i or 720p. You can expect to have quality sound and video with the added standard Sirius radio bandwidth and reception.

Imagine never again have to worry about entertaining the kids in the car and you can still listen to your favorite SIRIUS  music, news or entertainment station.

Many 2008-2009 Dodge, Jeep  and Chrysler models will have the Sirius Backseat TV as a factory option, so check with your local dealership if you are in the market for a new vehicle.

Below is a more detailed break down of the SIRIUS BackSeat TV SCV1

The SCV1 gives you the ability to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio in the front of the car and watch Sirius Backseat TV in the back(on most aftermarket and factory installed radios and video monitors that have auxiliary inputs).

The Sirius Backseat TV SCV1 comes with:

  • SCV1 Audio/Video Tuner
  • Wired Display Control Unit
  • Audio Remote Control
  • Video Remote Control
  • Remote Eye(For Rear-seat Video Control)
  • FM Switching Interface
  • Two Mini Magnetic Satellite Antennas
  • Audio/Video Cables
  • User Guide

You will need an existing Video screen or you will have to place one in your vehicle. This unit does not include a video screen

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LIVE Super Bowl XLIII on SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
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Sunday Feb 1st at 6PM ET SIRIUS will be broadcasting Live, Super Bowl XLIII from Tampa Bay. You can hear the Super Bowl being broadcast on 13 different channels and 10 different languages Live on SIRIUS. The Channel lineup looks something like this:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: SIRIUS 125 / XM 102 
  • Arizona Cardinals: SIRIUS 126 / XM 103
  • National broadcast: SIRIUS 124 / XM 124
  • Spanish broadcast: SIRIUS 91 / XM 104
  • BBC Radio: SIRIUS 161 / XM 105
  • Russian: SIRIUS 155 / XM 106
  • French: SIRIUS 127 / XM 107
  • Japanese: SIRIUS 121 / XM 108
  • German: SIRIUS 113 / XM 109
  • Flemish: SIRIUS 156 / XM 110
  • Mandarin Chinese: SIRIUS 90 / XM 110
  • Italian: SIRIUS 153 / XM 112
  • Hungarian: SIRIUS 130 / XM 113

The XM Channels listed above are only part of the BEST of SIRIUS plan.

And Don’t Forget to check out the Half-Time Show featuring “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen

E-Street Radio: SIRIUS Channel 10/ XM Channel 58


Also Don’t miss the Puppy Bowl V, Feb 1st at 3PM ET/PT with the Kitty Half-Time Show! Only on Animal Planet, check your local TV provider for channel listings.

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A Couple Tips to avoid Auto Theft

Saturday, January 10th, 2009
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This is a little off topic from what I usually post, but very useful information nonetheless. This is more of a concern on summer nights, but this should always be on everyone’s mind.

According to www.auto-theft.info, 1,192,809 cars were stolen in 2006

Here are a few tips to avoid losing your Car, Satellite Radio and other precioius belongings:

1.)  Bring the satellite radio/GPS down from the suction cup at the end of the day. No use advertising to bypassers that you have expensive stuff. Also be sure to remove the face of your aftermarket if applicable.

2.) If you have space in your glove box or center console stash it in there overnight. It’s not the best solution,but its better than leaving it out in the open.

3.) Keep you doors locked and windows up while away from the car. If you have a convertible put the top up, some car alarms have add-ons you can install like a motion sensor built for convertibles.

4.) Invest in a car alarm with starter-kill. These alarms will kill the car’s engine starter if you car is broken into, rendering it undriveable. Some thieves will steal cars take them to a remote location and gut them, they can’t gut a car that won’t leave your driveway.

5.) Install a motion sensing light in your driveway, no thief likes an audience.

6.)  If you drive a truck be sure to lock the back window, if you can, it’s a small window and is often overlooked. If you have a sunroof be sure to close it fully also.

7.) Always park in a well-lit area if possible, like I said no thief likes an audience.

8.) NEVER boobey-trap your vehicle, even though everyone would like to. It is actually illegal in most states and if the thief is hurt you can be held liable in some cases.

The best tip I can give is use your own common sense and never think “It could never happen to me”.

If anyone has any tips, helpful stories or helpful comments on how people can keep their cars and belongings safe, feel free to comment! Thanks!

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Become a TSS-Radio Fan

Monday, December 29th, 2008
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There are several ways to become a TSS-Radio Fan:

Become our friend on Myspace HERE

Login to Digital Radio Central and post all your questions and comments

Also Don’t Forget to Register for our Blog or add it to your RSS Feed Reader

We send out updates and promotions to our fans so be sure to sign on and add us, so you can be part of the ever growing TSS-Radio fan base. We want you to become familiar with the company you do business with and know that we are a caring, smart and diligent group of people ready to help you!

Also don’t forget to check out ILOVESIRIUSXM.com

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History of the Stratus Radio

Monday, December 15th, 2008
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The Stratus line of SIRIUS Satellite Receivers has a long and proud history of being the affordable SIRIUS Radio. This Radio has taken the challenge of being a low-cost radio and still have the basic features everyone loves.

We start our journey on the Stratus SV3 or SV3TK1

stratus The SV3 Stratus, in its day, was the best way to go for a cheap, basic SIRIUS Radio that was perfect for a starter radio, gift, or a budget-wise SIRIUS Fan. The Radio included a car kit with a car dock, antenna, power cable, and a few other items like screws and vent mount. This radio did what it did very well. A very low returned item and the fact that it had less flashy features made it appealing to many people. This model was Discontinued in favor of the model below.

On down the road we find the Stratus 4 SV4 or SV4TK1

stratus 4 This radio was no more than a Stratus with a new look. With features and display not much different than it predecessor, it boasted it sleek new frame with a darker color that looked to appeal to a new generation of SIRIUS Fans. The button sequence and interface staying the same the button shapes changed slightly. Rounded egdes added to the contemporary color and design. This model was Discontinued in favor of the model below.

The Current Model Stratus 5 SV5 or SV5TK1

stratus 5Taking it back to the older style frame, but keeping the dark color the Stratus 5 added a Cool Blue screen to the mix. The Interface and buttons coming from the SV3 many people were reminded of the value that the Stratus line has and has been a great seller with little to no returns.

The Stratus Line has been a mainstay of the SIRIUS Receiver lineup for many years and will be ever enshrined in hearts of its owners.

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SIRIUS Radio Starmate

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
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SIRIUS Radio Starmate

There are a couple of different SIRIUS Starmates that are out there, and some are not compatible with each other. It is good to know which receiver works with which kits:

Original Starmate ST1

MODEL Number ST1 .This was the first starmate that SIRIUS came out with. The unit featured a channel toggle switch and a bright 3 line display screen.  This unit has since been discontinued.

This is the Starmate Replay MODEL Number ST2R or ST2. This was one of the first SIRIUS receivers to allow the PAUSE, FAST FORWARD and REWIND feature. This feature allows you to pause LIVE satellite content and restart it with out ever missing anything. This unit has also become Discontinued.

Starmate ST3- MODEL Number ST3. This was one of the first receivers to introduce the Universal SIRIUS Docking style. This Universal docking style has expanded compatibility for all the SIRIUS Dock and Play receivers made currently. This receiver did not include the Replay function.

Starmate ST4- This SIRIUS Starmate 4 was an upgrade to the ST3, adding features like Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind. This receiver did add back the Replay function and also added the Blue Screen.

Starmate 5 ST5- This is the newest Starmate in the SIIRUS Receiver arsenal. This receiver keeps all the same features as the Starmate 4, but adds one very cool trick. This receiver can access SIRIUS A La Carte programming while currently no other receiver can.

These are the Starmate lineup from SIRIUS. If you are looking for a part for these receivers take a look HERE.

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Starmate Satellite Radio

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
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SIRIUS Radio Starmate

There are a couple of different SIRIUS Starmates that are out there, and some are not compatible with each other. It is good to know which receiver works with which kits:

Original Starmate ST1

MODEL Number ST1 .This was the first starmate that SIRIUS came out with. The unit featured a channel toggle switch and a bright 3 line display screen.  This unit has since been discontinued.

This is the Starmate Replay MODEL Number ST2R or ST2. This was one of the first SIRIUS receivers to allow the PAUSE, FAST FORWARD and REWIND feature. This feature allows you to pause LIVE satellite content and restart it with out ever missing anything. This unit has also become Discontinued.

Starmate ST3- MODEL Number ST3. This was one of the first receivers to introduce the Universal SIRIUS Docking style. This Universal docking style has expanded compatibility for all the SIRIUS Dock and Play receivers made currently. This receiver did not include the Replay function.

Starmate ST4- This SIRIUS Starmate 4 was an upgrade to the ST3, adding features like Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind. This receiver did add back the Replay function and also added the Blue Screen.

Starmate 5 ST5- This is the newest Starmate in the SIIRUS Receiver arsenal. This receiver keeps all the same features as the Starmate 4, but adds one very cool trick. This receiver can access SIRIUS A La Carte programming while currently no other receiver can.

These are the Starmate lineup from SIRIUS. If you are looking for a part for these receivers take a look HERE.

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How to Choose a SIRIUS ANTENNA

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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This is a little guide on how to choose a SIRIUS Antenna for your home, car, or boat.

For your Home:

If you are looking for a new antenna for your home, here are a few to think about

SIRIUS Home PNP Antenna

This little antenna is a powerhouse of signal strength. It gives you a great signal and allows you to keep your SIRIUS boombox or home kit more portable than a hard mounted antenna. In some cases this antenna may not be the best for your situation, in which case I recommend the antenna below………..

SiriusXM Universal Outdoor Home Antenna

 This sturdy antenna is top notch when it comes to signal and durability. This antenna, when placed on the roof or pole, will give you great SIRIUS Signal and allow you to listen to SIRIUS in places the smaller antennas would not. In terms of price this one is a winner, its cost/effective allure makes it a favorite with SIRIUS fans everywhere.

Pixel Technologies PRO-500

This antenna is a non-stop workaholic. If you have any trouble getting a SIRIUS Signal where you live, this is the antenna for you. It is built from high-quality materials and is designed to withstand even the most punishing elements. In some cases this antenna has been proved to retain signal in areas of Central and South America. So if you are having trouble getting a SIRIUS signal, this is the SIRIUS Home Antenna for you.

Antennas for your Car or Truck:

SIRIUS Mobile Antenna Dot Micro

 

This is a magnetic vehicle antenna that is designed to have a slim form and high signal gain.

Directed Electronics Replacement Car Antenna

This also is a magnetic antenna, this is a common antenna with some of the older car kits and receivers, but does have the standard connection to fit the newer receivers.

SIRIUS Truck Antenna

This antenna is a hard mounted antenna, that is designed for semi-rig machinery, or heavy duty truck.  It comes with an easily removable cable, in case you have a run in with tree branches or other obstructions.

Antennas for a Boat:

Terk SIRIUS SIRMarine Antenna

This SIRIUS boat antenna is designed for the open sea, lake, or river. It has a heavy-duty deck mounting style with a extremely waterproof sea. The Terk Marine Antenna works with standard 1″-14 thread brackets or the antenna mast can be mounted through deck holes.

If you need Accessories or Extensions please see here SIRIUS Antenna

SIRIUS 50ft Extension Cable

 

      This is a standard extension for any SIRIUS Antenna to work with any SIRIUS Satellite Radio docking station or boombox.

 SIRIUS Echo Signal Repeater System WRS1

          This little wonder is worth its weight in gold. This kit allows you to use your SIRIUS Radio in one room and have your SIRIUS Antenna in another. It will wireless send the SIRIUS Satellite Signal up to 75ft, this will not however let you use your Stiletto on that frequency.

SIRIUS Home Signal Distribution Kit

         The SIRIUS Home Signal Distribution Kit allows you to split the signal from the included  Antenna to TWO different SIRIUS Satellite Radio receivers. This kit will require RG-6 cable purchased separately to allow for proper lengths for your application.

If you have any questions feel free to email me your situation, we will be more than happy to find a product to fit your needs. Give us a call at 312.846.6606 with questions.

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Buying a SIRIUS Radio for a GIFT?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
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If you are thinking of buying a SIRIUS Satellite Radio as a gift for someone, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First off think about the primary use that the radio will be used for:
SIRIUS Portable-like a walkman,where someone can listen to LIVE SIRIUS Radio walking around using headphones.

SIRIUS In-Dash Car-if you know the person does not like cords and cables the in-dash SIRIUS is the best way to go, where everything runs through the car stereo with no visible signs of a SIRIUS tuner.

SIRIUS Dock and Play-if you like the convenience of taking SIRIUS from Car to Home, a Dock and Play radio is the way to go. With an additional car or home kit you can put a Dock and Play radio in a car, home, or even a boat!

Component SIRIUS Home Tuner-if the person you are buying for loves their home stereo a SIRIUS home tuner is the way to go. The SRH-1000 or an SCH1 will integrate with an existing home stereo be sure to refer to the descriptions or email me at Josh from TSS-Radio if you have an questions.

Also look at the radio many have the option to add a prepaid subscription card. If you have any questions feel free to email me
Josh from TSS-Radio

Some Accessories to think about

SIRIUS Cases- to help protect and keep your SIRIUS radio from any accidents a case is the way to go. If you are moving your radio from car to home or if you have a Stiletto Series radio ,then getting a case for your radio is solid investment in the future of you radio.

SIRIUS Memory card- for your Stiletto 2. You can add up to 16gb of MP3s to your Stiletto so that your music selection never ends.Also loading up a memory card will keep all those songs off the internal memory of your stiletto keeping it running as fast as the day you bought it.

SIRIUS VSM or Vehicle Specific Mount- these will allow a dock and play radio to be mounted on the dash and no longer have to use the suction cup or vent mounts. Most people find that this small investment is very worth it, because the mount is hard mounted and will not shake or move while the car is moving, so you can see the SIRIUS more clearly.

SIRIUS Boombox- a boombox is a great gift. It gives someone with a Dock and Play radio the freedom to move the radio throughout the home,yard, or beyond. Most boomboxes can run off batteries, which allows you to take SIRIUS anywhere you go!

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