Are there any radios that can receive both XM and Sirius yet?

Bandit 5160

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I am currently a Sirius subscriber, and I am quite happy with Sirius. But I would also like to receive the stuff on XM. I have the Best of XM, but I'd like to have XM's music channels too. Are there any radios out there compatible to both XM and Sirius yet? If not, any ideas on when there will be? Since XM and Sirius merged, I think it would be wrong to buy another radio for just XM and have two radios in my car.
 

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Those radios are due out sometime next year. (Back in August, they were speculating 9 more months)

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I am currently a Sirius subscriber, and I am quite happy with Sirius. But I would also like to receive the stuff on XM. I have the Best of XM, but I'd like to have XM's music channels too. Are there any radios out there compatible to both XM and Sirius yet? If not, any ideas on when there will be? Since XM and Sirius merged, I think it would be wrong to buy another radio for just XM and have two radios in my car.

Wait until after Nov 12th to decide. They will be making most of the music channels the same.
 

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Is it possbile to combine the bandwidth of the two?

What they need to do is have it all in one place and then it will be eaiser to put together packages so that people can get what they want.
 

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Is it possbile to combine the bandwidth of the two?

What they need to do is have it all in one place and then it will be eaiser to put together packages so that people can get what they want.

Not without obsoleting one set of radios which they cannot do as per FCC agreement.
 

JoeTan

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but you can have a separate HD section of station available to customer with NEWER radios like TV has been doing.

They need to have a deal where they lease you the equipment for $2 or so and now you have your loophole. Can't go obsolete if they are sending out the latest radio to you.

Cellphone companies have been doing this without doing this for ever now. All of a sudden a $200 phone is "free" with the ability to upgrade every so often "for free".

Same thing here.

If anything MOST people are sending their radios in for replacement when they die so what's the difference? They already don't make enough on each radio. Now they know EXACTLY how much they are making and eliminate the bs.
 

Bandit 5160

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So let me get this straight. On November 12, both Sirius and XM are going to have the same music channels, and I will see some changes in what's on my Sirius radio on that day. And in the case of duplicate channels (i.e. Alt. Nation and Ethel, BPM and The Beat, etc., they are only going to keep one of them, whichever one they feel is the best and/or most successful.
 

Vols44

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FWIW the newest receivers I've seen are the XM variety. Sirius' new Sportster 5 isn't a bad option unless you want to go portable. A BB Geek Squad member thinks the new receivers will come out in June. My current Sirius subscription expires December 25th and I'm undecided on how and what to renew.
 

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Part of the merger deal was that Sirius-XM have an interoperable radio on the market within 9 months of approval. If they don't meet this deadline, the FCC could take action against them. The merger was approved July 29th 2008, so the radios must be available to the public by April 29th 2009.

Mel says he can beat this deadline, so we should see them sooner than that: Sirius XM: We'll Beat Dual-Radio Deadline

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IdRatherBeSkiing

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Part of the merger deal was that Sirius-XM have an interoperable radio on the market within 9 months of approval. If they don't meet this deadline, the FCC could take action against them. The merger was approved July 25th 2008, so the radios must be available to the public by April 25th 2009.

Mel says he can beat this deadline, so we should see them sooner than that: Sirius XM: We'll Beat Dual-Radio Deadline

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Its only a matter of days but isn't it the date Sirius and XM ratified the merger that is the start of the clock?

They certainly will market one. It will likely be a bare bones PnP.
 

jwt873

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Its only a matter of days but isn't it the date Sirius and XM ratified the merger that is the start of the clock?

Yes you're right... The merger was approved on the 25th and ratified on the 29th. So the radios have to be available by the 29th of April...

I had my dates mixed up a bit (which is why I edited my post above) :)
 

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Great, so Mel will soon be selling the interoperable receiver Mel previously said had no market. Well, up to now, I wanted one. After the merged programming debuted, I'm not so sure. Now most of what an interoprable receiver would get you is 2 copies of the same channels. (Although there are still a few which aren't duplicated.) Looks as if Mel has made the interoprable receiver largely unnecessary just a few months before the date when he commited to start selling them... However, since I already have both XM and Sirius subs, maybe I'll in some way find this receiver interesting.
 

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Great, so Mel will soon be selling the interoperable receiver Mel previously said had no market. Well, up to now, I wanted one. After the merged programming debuted, I'm not so sure. Now most of what an interoprable receiver would get you is 2 copies of the same channels. (Although there are still a few which aren't duplicated.) Looks as if Mel has made the interoprable receiver largely unnecessary just a few months before the date when he commited to start selling them... However, since I already have both XM and Sirius subs, maybe I'll in some way find this receiver interesting.

An interoperable radio benefits the company more so than the consumer.

How so? They won't have to make separate receivers for Sirius and XM. You would have one line of Portable, PNP, and Home radios instead of two lines of radios. Just as there is no duplication in channels, there will be no duplication in radios.

Significant cost savings when it comes to manufacturing the radios and what not.

If it makes the company more profitable, I'm all for it.