Everything you need to know about satellite radio
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is a subscription service that offers you a wide variety of entertainment, including music, news, sports, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather services, and more. It's broadcast from coast to coast in the 48 lower United States (including Puerto Rico for Sirius), so you'd be able to drive from, say, Boston to San Diego and never lose the signal. The signal is also digital, so it's always clear and free of static. When you subscribe, you receive an entertainment package of over 130 channels.
Service provider: SiriusXM
XM and Sirius have merged into one company, called SiriusXM. Right now, you still subscribe to one or the other, until the synergy is complete.
Satellite radio gives you serious entertainment value
The music channels represent a significantly wider variety of genres than you'll ever hear on conventional radio. You'll get all your familiar styles, such as modern pop, classic rock, modern country, alternative, adult contemporary, and R & B. You'll also be able to delve deeply into genres like vocal and instrumental jazz, classical, Broadway standards, college-radio indie rock, Latin, uncensored classic and modern Hip Hop, Christian, classic country, punk...the list goes on and on. Within each of those genres, even the familiar ones, you'll hear incredible programming depth. Refreshingly, most of the music channels of each service are commercial-free.
Live sports broadcasts are also staples of both services. Sports and leagues are specific to each of the available services. XM, for example, covers the entirety of Major League Baseball, while Sirius broadcasts every National Football League game. Depending on your programming package, it's possible to add premium channels from the other service. For example, your XM Premier plan also adds premium Sirius channels, including the NFL.
The traffic and weather channels provide regularly updated reports of conditions in over 20 metropolitan areas around the country, which can help when you're in the middle of your commute, or taking a trip to any one of them.
Entertainment is provided by a number of well-known sources, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Opie & Anthony and Bob Edwards. Stand-up comedy is a popular listening option on both services, and you can even catch old-time radio programs on XM. Sirius, meanwhile, specializes in several original, interactive talk programs. Network tie-ins include E!, the Discovery Channel, Disney, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Sports. You'll also find lots of talk about politics, from both sides of the political spectrum.
Subscription plans & fees
Eventually, all SiriusXM subscription plans will fall under the SiriusXM umbrella, but for now there are three platforms: Sirius, XM, and SiriusXM. The channel offerings are pretty similar, but do differ slightly—for instance, NFL and MLB fans can only get play-by-play for both with the XM Premier or SiriusXM Premier plans. Just give us a call if you have any questions about the small differences between offerings.
See our breakdown of the most popular satellite radio programming packages.
What do I need to listen to satellite radio?
Satellite radio began life as strictly a car thing, but quickly spread into the home and beyond. All you need to get satellite radio service is a satellite radio (there are several types for car and home), a satellite radio antenna, and a subscription.
The type of radio you choose depends on where you'd like to listen to satellite radio most, and the type of hardware you'd like to have. Click the following link for a deeper discussion of satellite radio hardware and accessories.
Satellite radio can make any drive that much more enjoyable.
Regular radio is free. Is satellite radio really worth it?
We think you'll fall in love with the entertainment variety you'll find on satellite radio. Never has radio been this diverse, in terms of the music you find, the entertainment you enjoy, and the sports coverage you get. The coast-to-coast coverage area also makes it an indispensable part of any long road trip you take, especially when you consider that there are channels that do nothing but continuously update traffic and weather conditions in certain cities around the country.
Ready for more?
If you want to find the best options in adding satellite radio to your home or car stereo, check out our SiriusXM store. You'll find helpful shopping tools to help answer your questions.