Sirius vs. XM Satellite Radio: What’s The Best One?
You have probably heard of the two satellite radio companies, Sirius Radio and XM Satellite Radio, but you may not know a lot about them such as how much each costs or what radio talent is available on each. Many people are tired of listening to regular AM and FM radio stations for several reasons. It may be that they are tired of being bombarded with commercials. It may be that they do not like the programming available to them. On the other hand, it may simply be that they are in a rural area and tired of losing their radio signal all the time. Regardless of the reason, many consumers are turning to satellite radio as a viable alternative to regular radio stations.
Both companies are able to offer you static free radio due to satellites. XM (based in Washington D. C. ) has two and Sirius (based in New York) has three satellites across the United States. Both companies offer users commercial free radio. Sirius offers over 125 channels and XM offers 160 different channels. There are dedicated channels for genres of music such as jazz, folk, country and pop for die-hard fans. One cool feature of satellite radio is you can see the name of the artist playing as well as the song title. So never again do you have to spend time wondering just who sang that song you just heard! There are also channels for local weather and traffic, sports, comedy, women’s issues, talk shows, even old time radio shows. Soon, you may be able to see video as well as hear audio on your satellite radios.
Specifically, shows with celebrities do exist on both satellite companies’ radio networks. To give you an example, Martha Stewart recently just signed a deal to launch a 24-hour radio channel on Sirius. Another famous person, Howard Stern (Yes, The guy who played in Private Parts), who was in trouble with the FTC for his standard show, decided to go to the uncensored airways of the satellite radio network. After his decision to do such a thing, his subscriber base tripled to at least a minimum of 2.7 million. If you want to hear the National Public Radio on a satellite network, You will need to subscribe to Sirius as they are the only current provider.
It all sounds wonderful, however, what do you really need item wise to receive satellite radio? Well, You have to acquire either a Sirius or XM radio system. It does not have to be a radio for use in your car either. Home radios are available today and there are dual systems you can use in your home or your car. A price for a basic setup of the radio offered by both can be as low as $ 49. 99. You will need to subscribe for a service, however. Each company charges $ 12.95 a month for you to receive satellite signals on your radio. You can save, however, using a family plan available for both companies.
Just how popular is satellite radio becoming? In March of 2005, Hyundai announced that it would be the first automaker to put satellite radios in all of its models sold in the United States. Each Hyundai, including the popular Sonata, Santa Fe, and Elantra models, will come equipped with an XM satellite radio. When this was announced, shares in XM’s parent company rose by more than 8 percent. Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz also announced in March 2005 that Sirius radios would be a dealer-installed option on some of their models.
So which satellite radio should I choose, you ask? It depends on you. You should check out the stations available by visiting the company website before any decision is made. Both of them are offering the radio at comparable prices, so it really comes down what you want to hear. Are you a fan of Stern? Then you have to go with Sirius. But if you love Oprah, you can listen to her on Oprah XM. Regardless of which one to choose, you will definitely be very pleased with either of the services and/or satellite receptions.