Last month Digital Home wrote about Satellite radio provider Sirius XM offering its subscribers seven limited run holiday music channels. After that story, we had some negative feedback from Sirius Canada subscribers who complained that not all of the channels were available in on either XM Canada or Sirius Canada.
After some investigation, we have learned that Sirius Canada is only offering six out of the seven holiday channels available on Sirius XM. The missing station in Canada is Navidad which features contemporary Latin holiday music and traditional sounds.
Sirius XM Canada, the merged company which operates the XM Canada and Sirius Canada satellite radio services, today announced that it reached the two million subscriber mark.
On May 31st of this year, the combined company had 1.92 million subscribers consisting of 1,266,000 Sirius subscribers and 661,200 XM subscribers.
Sirius XM Radio, Inc. is the holding company for two subscription satellite radio services operating in the United States, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Originally operating as separate services, Sirius and XM merged in July of 2008.
In Canada, subscription satellite radio services are offered by two separate companies, privately owned Sirius Canada and publicly owned Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Operating independently of their U.S. counterparts, the Canadian firms have been selling modified Canadian versions of the U.S. service since December 2005.
Perhaps knowing that Digital Home readers need to be the first to know, I received a phone call today from the man who runs customer service at the newly merged company, Al MacNevin. Al and I spent about a half hour on the phone and I asked him all the questions that I’m sure that all or our members who are Sirius Canada or XM Canada subscribers want to know.
Subscription satellite radio provider Sirius XM has announced that its channel line-ups on both Sirius and XM radio will be reshuffled on May 4th.
The most notable change is that virtually all of the stations will have the same channel number whether you are tuned to a Sirius radio or an XM Radio. Sirius XM says some differences will remain between the Sirius and XM channel offerings due to technical reasons or agreements with content providers.
In a broadcasting decision handed down yesterday, the CRTC has approved the merger of subscription satellite radio services Sirius Canada and XM Canada.
Sirius and XM Canada justified the merger to the CRTC by saying that the respective companies faced “significant financial challenges” and argued “that the proposed merger would accelerate their ability to achieve positive long-term cash flow and profitability.”
In 2005 Digital Home wrote extensively about the efforts by to get approval for the sale of subscription satellite radio in Canada and its subsequent arrival North of the Border.
Like many consumers who were tired of the bland and commercial laden radio offerings in Canada, I was excited about the arrival of commercial free music radio that played the kind of music I wanted to hear.
Sirius XM Radio said today it will broadcast every game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, better known as March Madness, on Sirius and XM.
Subscrition satellite radio subscribers will be able to hear the play-by-play of every match-up from the First Four on March 15 and 16 through to the Final Four and National Championship game in Houston on April 2 and 4.