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SIRIUS/XM MiRGE radio

Editor's note: This article is no longer an accurate listing of SiriusXM Satellite Radio pricing and packages. Please see our newer article about programming packages or call Crutchfield or SiriusXm for the most recent information.

The SIRIUS/XM people visited Crutchfield the other day to show off some of their new satellite radios, and their trainer casually mentioned a couple of programming options that were news to me. Turns out that SIRIUS/XM has quietly added a lineup of program packages that allow you to customize your programming to your preferences. You pick only the channels you want, without paying for extra channels you'll never listen to.

Keep in mind that some of these options require special radios. Currently, only certain "a la carte-ready" SIRIUS radios are able to handle the "a la carte" programming options. And, if you want to get every single satellite radio channel in our galaxy, you'll need the new SIRIUS/XM MiRGE radio.

You can also upgrade any package to XM or SIRIUS online service for $2.99 per month, giving you Internet access to all channels at 128kbps for better sound quality.

Current programming options

Here's a list of the options currently available from SIRIUS and XM.

SIRIUS programming options

SIRIUS standard programming

     A La Carte ($6.99/month): With an "a La Carte-ready" satellite radio, you can create your own programming package. You can choose a total of 50 SIRIUS channels, excluding premium channels and live sporting events. You can add premium channels to this package for an additional 25 cents a month per channel.

     News, Sports & Talk ($9.99/month): Why pay for music channels if you never listen to them? With this package, you'll get over 50 channels of news, talk, entertainment, and sports, including live sporting events.

     Mostly Music ($9.99/month): Why pay for talk channels if you never listen to them? With this package, you'll get over 65 channels of commercial-free music, with a few talk channels thrown in.

     SIRIUS Everything ($12.95/month): This package gives you over 130 channels, everything that's available on SIRIUS.

     A La Carte Gold ($14.99/month): With your "a La Carte-ready" satellite radio, you can put together a custom package of 100 channels, selecting from all SIRIUS channels (including premium channels) and a selection of XM channels.

     SIRIUS Everything Plus The Best of XM ($16.99/month): You get the full SIRIUS lineup, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, NFL, NASCAR, and a huge number of commercial-free music channels like the Grateful Dead Channel and SIRIUSLY Sinatra. The package also adds The Best Of XM, including Oprah Radio, XM Public Radio, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL games, the 24/7 NHL Home Ice channel, The PGA TOUR Network, Opie & Anthony, and more.

     SIRIUS/XM All-In-One ($19.99/month): With a MiRGE radio, you can haul in every single station offered by XM and SIRIUS. If you're a sports fan, you'll have audio access to just about every sporting event in the Western hemisphere, including NFL®, MLB®, NASCAR®, NHL®, NBA and college sports. You'll also be able to listen to some of the best music channels in existence, including Little Steven's Underground Garage, the Grateful Dead Channel, Tom Petty's Buried Treasure, The Joint, E Street Radio, and Bob Dylan's show. Add in Oprah, Howard, and Martha, along with a number of news, talk, weather, and traffic channels, and you get the idea.

 

SIRIUS family programming

     Family Friendly ($11.95/month): This package excludes all of SIRIUS' adult programming, giving you over 115 channels of kid-friendly fare.

     Family Friendly Plus The Best of XM ($14.99/month): This package combines the SIRIUS Family Friendly package with a selection of appropriate XM channels.

     SIRIUS XM Family Friendly All-In-One ($17.99/month): If you own a MiRGE satellite radio, you can get all the family-friendly channels on both SIRIUS and XM, including total sports coverage, commercial-free music, children's programming, and a lot more.

XM programming options

XM standard programming

     News, Sports & Talk ($9.99/month): Why pay for music channels if you never listen to them? With this package, you'll get over 55 channels of news, talk, entertainment, and sports, including live sporting events.

     Mostly Music ($9.99/month): Why pay for talk channels if you never listen to them? With this package, you'll get over 60 channels of commercial-free music, with a few talk channels thrown in.

     XM Everything ($12.95/month): This package gives you over 170 channels, everything that's available on XM.

     XM Everything Plus The Best of SIRIUS ($16.99/month): You get the full XM lineup, plus the Best of SIRIUS including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, NFL, and NASCAR, for a total of over 180 channels.

     SIRIUS XM All-In-One ($19.99/month): With a MiRGE radio, you can haul in every single station offered by XM and SIRIUS. If you're a sports fan, you'll have audio access to just about every sporting event in the Western hemisphere, including NFL®, MLB®, NASCAR®, NHL®, NBA and college sports. You'll also be able to listen to some of the best music channels in existence, including Little Steven's Underground Garage, the Grateful Dead Channel, Tom Petty's Buried Treasure, The Joint, E Street Radio, and Bob Dylan's show. Add in Oprah, Howard, and Martha, along with a number of news, talk, weather, and traffic channels, and you get the idea.

XM family programming

     Family Friendly ($11.95/month): This package excludes all of XM's adult-oriented programming, giving you over 115 channels of kid-friendly fare.

     XM Family Friendly Plus The Best of SIRIUS ($14.99/month): This package combines the XM Family Friendly package with a selection of appropriate SIRIUS channels.

     SIRIUS XM Family Friendly All-In-One ($17.99/month): If you own a MiRGE satellite radio, you can get all the family-friendly channels on both SIRIUS and XM, including total sports coverage, commercial-free music, children's programming, and a lot more.

Check here for more information on these packages:

XM Programming      

SIRIUS Programming     


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