- Dec 10, 2008
Correct.That's interesting. I was a Sirius subscriber and now get Sirius/XM combined programs, though I am not sure I don't also get separate Sirius broadcasts. I will check when I am next in my car for a spell (the weekend, probably). The more I hear Pandora, and now Slacker, on my iPhone, along with all the stuff I have imported into it from iTunes, the less I see the need for Sirius/XM (I am not a fan of Howard Stern, so what other good reason is there?)
- Our two Prius cars have XM... and now we get a some Sirius stations
- Our Jeep has a Sirius receiver... and now we get some XM stations
However, the channel lineup, and station availability is not the same on Sirius and XM. Neither set of satellites has enough bandwidth to carry the the full set of XM and Sirius stations.
I wonder if over time they will prune more stations... until they send the same programming over both sets of satellites. Also... at some point they may decommission one set of satellites... but they will have to wait a long time to avoid very unhappy customers who get left a satellite receiver that gets no programming.
As I said earlier... their biggest biz challenge for XM/Sirius is a new world of ubiquitous internet blanketing the planet. It will take time to deploy... but as more of the world gets covered... the advantage of satellite decreases. For many people... the simple 3G network is enough now. The biz challenge will just continue to escalate at 4G rolls out or especially as WiMax provides very fast internet over huge geographic areas.