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

Discussion in 'Sirius Radios' started by Bandit 5160, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    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.
     
  2. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

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

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  3. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

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

    TSS Taylor DRC Fan

    Exactly. As they merge more and more content and try to cut back on duplicate programming the point of an Interoperable Radio becomes less relevant. But I do suspect maybe as soon as Spring of next year they may come out.
     
  5. TX WJ

    TX WJ Intelligent Donkey

    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.
     
  6. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

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

    mynameisjamie Member

    wait... what?!
     
  8. JoeTan

    JoeTan Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  9. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    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.
     
  10. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    I read on Orbitcast that they will share 50 music channels, and still have 15-20 music channels unique to each service. November 12 is the day it is rumored to happen.

    http://www.orbitcast.com/
     
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  11. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  12. jwt873

    jwt873 Member

    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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  13. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent


    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.
     
  14. jwt873

    jwt873 Member

    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) :)
     
  15. tps

    tps New Member

    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.
     
  16. hexagram

    hexagram Medicinal & Recreational.

    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.
     

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