Tuesday, October 25, 2005

XM Canada Prepares to Launch

Oct 21/About.com/ Corey Deitz,/

Canadians will soon be able to tune into Satellite Radio with XM Canada featuring commercial-free music, news, sports and entertainment programming AND Hockey!

XM Canada and its hardware partners are bringing Canadians the XM Satellite Radio receivers, designed for use anywhere you listen to audio entertainment as well as the world's first portable satellite radio.

The radios will be available through A&B Sound, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Dumoulin/Audiotronic, Future Shop, London Drugs, Sears Canada, The Source by Circuit City, Visions Electronics and other retailers this Christmas.

In addition, General Motors of Canada will be rolling out selected 2006 models with XM factory-installed.

"Canadians have been demanding XM Satellite Radio and finally we are going to be able to offer them the fastest growing consumer electronics product of the last 60 years," said Stephen Tapp, XM Canada president and COO.

XM Canada's service will include an 80-channel lineup featuring eight channels (four French and four English) of Canadian produced programming, including broadcasts of more than 1,000 NHL games per season.

2005-2006 season NHL games will be available at launch and beginning with the 2007-2008 season, XM will be the exclusive satellite radio network of the NHL.

Music lovers can receive digital-quality sound from across the continent for a monthly subscription fee of $12.99. Canadians can sign up to be part of the XM Canada Founder's Club at www.xmradio.ca.

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