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There's an article at The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/24/xm_sirius_a_la_carte/ discussing potential channel offerings by the merged company. They reference a couple of PDF files with proposed package options for Sirius http://www.siriusmerger.com/uploads/Sirius_Channel_Lineup.pdf and XM http://www.xmmerger.com/uploads/XM_Channel_Lineup.pdf receivers. The following options require you to pick channels FROM ONLY ONE OF SIRIUS/XM, unless otherwise noted. The executive summary is...
  • $7/month for 50 ordinary (excluding "premium") channels "A la Carte I", i.e. you get to pick and choose what YOU want.
  • $10/month for "Mostly Music"
  • $10/month for "News, Sports, and Talk"
  • $12/month for "Family Friendly"
  • $15/month for 100 ordinary (excluding "premium") channels "A la Carte II" mostly from one, with a few from the other of Sirius/XM.
  • $17/month for all from one, with a few from the other of Sirius/XM.
Plus a few additional mix-n-match of the above.

That would apply to the rest of the planet, where BDUs don't have to raise their hands to sk for permission to go to the bathroom. In Canada, things will probably be different. According to the CRTC press release in 2005 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/ENG/NEWS/RELEASES/2005/r050616.htm when satellite radio was originally approved, Canadian services have to offer...
  • AT LEAST 8 Can-con channels
  • AT LEAST 10% of all channels carried must be Can-con
Out of 50 channels that wouldn't be a problem. But knowing the CRTC, I wouldn't be surprised if they did something to screw it up. Possibly along the lines of mandatory Canadian "premium channels", just like they've implemented mandatory pay-TV channels for basic cable service.

I currently subscribe to Live365.com internet radio. This would be the first time that satellite radio prices are competitive with Live365, even though the selection is greater on internet radio. Seeing how the US terrestrial radio lobby is trying to destroy internet radio, I've been lurking occasionally on the satellite radio forums to keep abreast of other options.
 

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That is a really old article ( a similar one was done on Digital Home explaining all the options at the time).

So much has changed in the intervening 12 months that those line-ups will never happen now so I would simply ignore them as they simply cloud the issue.
 

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unless I missed something obvious have they actually defined what a premium channel is?

I don't care about Howard 100 - but what else is considered premium?
 
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