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Sirius XM channel sharing starting to take effect

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue September 30, 2008

Sirius XM channels shared

As promised when the merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio was finalized at the end of July, Tuesday's reports have some Sirius satellite radio subscribers beginning to see XM programming on their existing radios, with at least one report of an XM subscriber already receiving Best of Sirius programming on his XM radio. Others, while seeing XM headings on their Sirius receivers, cannot yet listen to content.

An XM category has appeared on a Sirius Starmate 4 receiver, while an XM Sports heading was seen on a Sirius Starmate Replay. Stiletto 2 and Sportster 4 radios are not getting the categories despite the channel update.

Sirius is offering existing subscribers Best of XM package of channels via its website, along with a number of other packages. A La Carte packages that give users the option of hand-picking a number of channels are also offered on Sirius' website, though they are only compatible with A La Carte radios, and subscribers who have reportedly signed up for them have since been notified their existing receivers are not compatible. They need to wait for the next-generation of radios that are due out any time now, as they were promised for a fall release.

At the same time, Best of Sirius channels are not yet functional but appear on XM radio's online listening portal, XM Radio Online.

Neither XM nor Sirius have yet made any official announcements about these latest developments. [via Orbitcast]

by MacNN Staff



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