When will your radio be obsolete

VinnyM27

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It might not happen but it seems sort of inevitable to me.

Yes, Mel PROMISED the day would never come...but considering the laundry list of promises and concessions he made to the Justice department were all reneged on (a list longer than my complaints of just about everything wrong with the post "massacred" music lineup) I figure it will happen soon. Maybe I'm paranoid but it's strange that once the "Best Of" crap started was right around the time I started having major issues with my very old Audiovox plug and play. It started to update at least once during one of my drives to or from school (usually, for some reason, it would happen more when I was coming back...Why?) and then it just started getting low to no reception mostly in my car but also pretty often in my boombox as well...Could be the device but how and why? Oh well....Guess I can buy another and much newer, more expensive model.
 

v1ru5

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Although I'm not happy with some of the changes I like the programming pretty much so as long as SiriusXM doesn't become obsolete my inno should be enough. I wanted to get a new XMp3 but I gotta see if SiriusXM will survive.
 

VinnyM27

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Although I'm not happy with some of the changes I like the programming pretty much so as long as SiriusXM doesn't become obsolete my inno should be enough. I wanted to get a new XMp3 but I gotta see if SiriusXM will survive.
Maybe I should have been more clear. I'm not thinking about the doomsday scenario (although no that you mention it...). I'm thinking they will start phasing out the signals on older radios if they haven't already! Or do you believe Mel because he promised?
 

DAB

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I think there are way too many older radios out there for them to just start shutting them down. I think Mel will be forced to abide by the decree as it was approved by the FCC. If he doesn't then I think subscribers and or the FCC would jump in big time.

There is nothing about older tuners that would cause them to be obsolete unless they changes the spectrum or added channels beyond older tuners capability. But what would be the reason they would do this? We do know there are some tuners that can't pick up the Canadian channels, but they receive everything else. Now rather this is a limitation in the equipment or they have the ability to prevent those older tuners from recieving those channels, I don't know.

I think it will be many, many years before we see Sirius XM combine the spectrum into a single service. But if they start selling tuners now that can pick up both service, then after so many years just through tuners being self replaced or wearing out they would be able to seamlessly move over to a single service and everyone would already have tuners capable of doing so and no one has to be left behind.
 

hexagram

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That's around the time that they have to launch the new birds into space.

Hardware: Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin says both XM and Sirius will stay separate services for the next 15 years. But that doesn’t mean subscribers can’t get it all. The company has announced it will release a new radio in early 2009 that gets every channel offered by both services. How much will it cost? No word yet.
Here's hoping it's a new Stiletto (or a brand new portable player from Sirius).
 

bwaldron

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Maybe I should have been more clear. I'm not thinking about the doomsday scenario (although no that you mention it...). I'm thinking they will start phasing out the signals on older radios if they haven't already! Or do you believe Mel because he promised?
I don't see it. Not because Mel promised, but because it would make no business sense to do so unless and until it was absolutely necessary.
 

James

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Seven years after automobile manufacturers start installing radios capable of receiving the bandwidth of both services, which may be in a year or two.

Besides the biblical concept of seven years as a long time, it is probably about how long most people keep their car. Not me of course, to me, the first 100,000 miles is just the break in period.
 

TheScionicMan

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My S50 was obsolete before they got half the bugs worked out of the OS. Still love it tho...

I actually saw another one in a Ford Ranger the other day. Only S50 I've ever seen besides mine (and my wife's that was stolen)