Sirius latest news release: Interoperable radio

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The "SIRIUS Everything plus XM Everything" package will be available at a monthly cost of $19.99, which is a savings on the cost of paying two monthly subscriptions for both services. With an MSRP of $249.99, MiRGE is scheduled to be available in early spring 2009 at shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com.
God dammit, I just got the Best of XM too. I hope they'll allow me to upgrade the add-on to Everything. Then I will have EVERYTHING.
 

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God dammit, I just got the Best of XM too. I hope they'll allow me to upgrade the add-on to Everything.
The "SIRIUS Everything + XM Everything" plan is only available for the MiRGE radio (or other interoperable radios down the line). MORE LIKELY, they'll offer XM subscribers the ability to subscribe to SIRIUS on a SIRIUS radio at the family rate ($6.99), -- and vice versa -- which works to just about that $19.99 price.
 

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The "SIRIUS Everything + XM Everything" plan is only available for the MiRGE radio (or other interoperable radios down the line).
Yeah I know that, I might get this MiRGE radio. I'll have to see more details and see how it stacks up against the Stiletto 2. I won't bother if the Lifetime add-on exceeds $50 for myself.

... or I might go the other route (adding XM radio to SIRIUS account at $6.99) if they offer it (and if adding the radio gives me access to XM's side online).
 

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Cool, but with the channel mergers...... what's the point?
Long-term, the objective will be to offer only dual-band receivers. SiriusXM will then be able to design, build and finance fewer models, and enjoy economies of scale. The smallest retailers can stock every model. Customers can buy these units with confidence, knowing they'll receive everything no matter how SiriusXM reconfigures the services. And knowing they can start with a minimalist subscription. Meanwhile, the receiver becomes a sales device that can entice the customer into premium offerings.

There are obvious a la carte and package implications to dual-band. A true complete-sports package, for example, will always require both bands; it'll never be possible via Best Of.
 
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Long-term, the objective will be to offer only dual-band receivers. SiriusXM will then be able to design, build and finance fewer models, and enjoy economies of scale. The smallest retailers can stock every model. Customers can buy these units with confidence, knowing they'll receive everything no matter how SiriusXM reconfigures the services. And knowing they can start with a minimalist subscription. Meanwhile, the receiver becomes a sales device that can entice the customer into premium offerings.

There are obvious a la carte and package implications to dual-band. A true complete-sports package, for example, will always require both bands; it'll never be possible via Best Of.
I just want everything that satellite radio has to offer (if it's only $50 to toss it on my lifetime sub, then why not?). :)
 

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Long-term, the objective will be to offer only dual-band receivers. SiriusXM will then be able to design, build and finance fewer models, and enjoy economies of scale. The smallest retailers can stock every model. Customers can buy these units with confidence, knowing they'll receive everything no matter how SiriusXM reconfigures the services. And knowing they can start with a minimalist subscription. Meanwhile, the receiver becomes a sales device that can entice the customer into premium offerings.

There are obvious a la carte and package implications to dual-band. A true complete-sports package, for example, will always require both bands; it'll never be possible via Best Of.
Good points... I just can't see too many people paying and extra $100 for a radio and paying $20/mo when their current radio can get Best Of for a total of $17/mo.

Now there's rumors of talk channels also merging soon..... So the difference between "Everything plus Best of" and "Everything of Both" is really going to be miniscule.
 

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Yeah... I think I'll just wait for the next Stiletto (or whatever it's going to be called). Plus, it's $249 and it only stores 10 presets.
 

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Why'd they call it the MiRGE? It seems to me that MeRGE would have been the natural name!
 

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Long-term, the objective will be to offer only dual-band receivers. SiriusXM will then be able to design, build and finance fewer models, and enjoy economies of scale.
The biggest plus will be that once most subscribers have converted to these type tuners, this will then allow them to merge all the bandwidth to a single system instead of having to operate two separate systems. Then once they do that they will actually be able to go back to making single chipset radios again because everyone regardless would be able to get the service without any radio being obsolete.

But I also agree with you that having less models and saving money is the name of the game.
 

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Delphi XpressRC



MiRGE



There is hardly any difference except the MiRGE will have a chipset for both Sirius and XM systems.

I didn't read very closely, but can you save 10 favorite songs to the MiRGE like you can on the XpressRC? The XpressRC is by far the best sat radio I have ever owned and if this MiRGE is like it, it will be rock solid.
 

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Delphi XpressRC



MiRGE

[There is hardly any difference except the MiRGE will have a chipset for both Sirius and XM systems.

I didn't read very closely, but can you save 10 favorite songs to the MiRGE like you can on the XpressRC? The XpressRC is by far the best sat radio I have ever owned and if this MiRGE is like it, it will be rock solid.
Yeah The Xpress RC is pretty much my favorite radio and it's awesome. The screen is super sweet and it's still nice an compact. I'm curious to see compatibility with any Xpress RC docks and such. Will it use a Sirius FM Direct Adapter or and XM Direct Adapter. Only time will tell.
 

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Delphi XpressRC



MiRGE



There is hardly any difference except the MiRGE will have a chipset for both Sirius and XM systems.

I didn't read very closely, but can you save 10 favorite songs to the MiRGE like you can on the XpressRC? The XpressRC is by far the best sat radio I have ever owned and if this MiRGE is like it, it will be rock solid.
I don't see the similarity. . . . .
The XpressRC is half again bigger. . . . .