Friday, October 28, 2005

XM Radio Comparison Chart

I have created a comparison chart showing the features of each of the radios currently on the market. My hope is that this will allow you to look at all of the radios at the same time to make the decision of which one meets your needs.

If there is anything else you would like me to add, let me know.

XM Radio Comparison Chart

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Take the XM Test Drive


Take the XM Test Drive and get the most out of your XM Radio.




Click Here to take your Test Drive!


This site on xmradio.com will help you get the most out of your XM Radio.

Helps

  • Shows how XM improves your radio experience
  • Helps you find the channels that match your tastes.
It has a great function that allows you to find out which channels you would like. You can enter an artists name and it will tell you what channels they are played on.

**Important** You must have JavaScript enabled to view this site

Get XM Radio on your Windows Mobile Device


Get XM Radio on your Windows Mobile Device


If you are like me, once you start listening to XM Radio you will want it everywhere you go. Some cannot afford the portable units, but now there is a way to get xm radio streamed to your Smartphone and Pocket PC via Pocket XM Radio. The cost is $15.95 to purchase the program enhancement. There are many places selling it, but I found Smartphone.net to be pretty good with more information.



Features

  • First of a kind! Merging XM radio - America''s #1 Satellite Radio with Smart phone.
  • Enjoy unlimited XM radio whenever and wherever ? in the home, in the car, and on the go.
  • No need to purchase a XM radio receiver, your Smart phone becomes your "receiver"!
  • 100% commercial free music including 40s - 90s, country, popular hits, rocks, Latin and more.
  • Create favorite list with a single tap.
  • Intuitive interface and easy to use.

Requirements

  • Smartphone 2003 with internet access.
  • XM Radio subscriber. (Valid for guest user during trial period )

Christmas Music on XM Radio Channels 103 through 107 Starting Thanksgiving Day

Oct 27, 2005/xmradiobuzz/

Bruce on XM8 the 80's just announced the Christmas music lineup.

FIVE holiday channels will be starting on the XM dial on Thanksgiving day. Each in their own special Holiday category! Channels 103 through 107 will be carrying the holiday programming this year. The lineup will be as follows....

103 - Holly
104 - Holiday Traditions & Classics
105 - Nashville Christmas
106 - XM Pops Holiday
107 - Special XMas

XM Broadens Exposure with Strategic Partnerships

Oct 27, 2005/xmradio.com/ XM continues to broaden its exposure by offering its content on AOL and soon DIRECTV (available in mid-November) and announcing XM+Napster, an online music download service, which will allow customers to purchase music heard on XM. All these strategic relationships complement XM's marketing partnerships with Starbucks Coffee, JetBlue, AirTran Airways, Hyatt Hotels, Avis, National and Alamo, which together help build XM brand awareness and trial.

XM Expands Sports, Talk and Women's Programming

Oct 27, 2005/xmradio.com/ XM is the satellite radio leader in live sports content and will broadcast over 5,000 live sporting events each year. XM is capping off its inaugural season of exclusive Major League Baseball coverage with the biggest promotion in World Series history, offering every ticket holder to Game One a voucher to receive a free Delphi XM RoadyXT radio with a subscription commitment. In addition to MLB, XM is now broadcasting National Hockey League games as a part of a 10-year agreement. XM will become the exclusive satellite radio network of the NHL beginning with the 2007-2008 season. XM also carried the USTA US Open Tournament and PGA TOUR Golf, and it introduced a new Spanish-language sports channel XM Deportivo, which will offer 2006 World Cup Soccer. Earlier this month, XM also launched Take Five, a channel dedicated to women, featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, the Satellite Sisters and content from the Food Network and HGTV. XM recently announced that the FOX News Talk channel will be available in January, featuring FOX News personalities Bill O'Reilly, Tony Snow, and others.

GM and Honda to produce more than 2 million 2006 XM-equipped vehicles

Oct 27, 2005/xmradio.com/ In September, General Motors announced the production of its 3 millionth vehicle with a factory-installed XM radio. General Motors also announced it plans to manufacture 1.55 million vehicles factory-installed with XM in the 2006 calendar year. In addition, Honda announced its plans to produce 550,000 XM equipped vehicles in the 2006 model year, compared to a 2005 target of 400,000. XM's OEM partners represent 61 percent of the U.S. auto market, with automotive partners Toyota and Hyundai gearing up for XM factory installation beginning in the 2007 model year.

XM SATELLITE RADIO HOLDINGS INC. ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2005 RESULTS AND REAFFIRMS 6 MILLION SUBSCRIBER GUIDANCE

Revenues up 134% to $153 million in third quarter, compared to prior year period;Subscribers double to 5,034,642 from prior year; Expands lead with 617,152 net additionsGM and Honda to produce more than 2 million 2006 XM-equipped vehicles

Washington D.C., October 27, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: XMSR) today reported financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2005. XM ended the quarter with 5,034,642 subscribers, doubling the 2,516,023 subscribers reported last year for the third quarter. The growth was driven by third quarter net subscriber additions of 617,152, a 48 percent increase over the 415,671 net subscribers added in the third quarter 2004. Given its strong performance in the first three quarters, XM reaffirms its guidance of exceeding 6 million subscribers by the end of 2005.

XM's net loss for the third quarter 2005 was ($131.9) million, as compared to ($118.0) million in the third quarter 2004. XM reported an EBITDA loss of ($73.8) million for the third quarter 2005 compared to a third quarter 2004 loss of ($62.9) million.

Record Revenue from Cost-Effective Subscriber Growth

For the quarter, XM reported revenue of $153 million, an increase of 134 percent over the $65 million reported in the third quarter 2004. XM's third quarter subscriber growth was driven by strong automotive and retail distribution performance with a range of full-featured products. Subscriber Acquisition Costs (SAC) in the third quarter 2005 were $53, a decrease from the $57 in the third quarter 2004. Cost Per Gross Addition (CPGA) in the third quarters of both 2005 and 2004 was $89. XM products are well stocked for the holiday season and XM expects to accelerate its subscriber and revenue growth through the fourth quarter.

View XM Satellite Radio's Third Quarter 2005 Financial Earnings Highlights

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

NASCAR SUPERSTAR JIMMIE JOHNSON JOINS XM SATELLITE RADIO TO LAUNCH XM SHOW STARTING 2006

Washington D.C., October 26, 2005 -- NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson will join XM Satellite Radio for a weekly show to be broadcast exclusively to XM's five-million-plus subscribers from coast to coast.

Johnson's show will debut February 2006 on XM's NASCAR Radio (XM Channel 144). XM is the nation's leading provider of satellite radio and the official satellite radio network of NASCAR.

Johnson will discuss the latest happenings on the NASCAR circuit and talk about music and other personal interests on the wide-ranging show. Johnson will also play a key role in various XM promotions as part of a multi-year agreement with XM.

"I'm extremely excited to be part of the XM family," said Johnson. "For a few years I've been searching for the right outlet to give people an opportunity to get to know a side of me away from the racetrack. XM approached me with the idea of having a national weekly radio show and it was the perfect fit. I'm really looking forward to the partnership and getting started next season."

"Jimmie Johnson is one of the most exciting and successful figures in auto racing today, and we are proud to welcome Jimmie to the XM family for this new show," said Kevin Straley, vice president of talk programming, XM Satellite Radio. "XM listeners across the country will be able to tune in and hear Jimmie throughout the NASCAR season."

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.

XM Radio Conference Call on Q3 2005 Financial Results Oct 27th

XM Satellite Radio has scheduled their 3rd Quarter financial results conference call for Thursday, October 27, 2005, at 10:00 AM ET.

To listen to the conference call via telephone, call 800-265-5808. Please call approximately 10 minutes prior to the planned start of the call. You’ll also be able to listen to the live webcast here.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Samsung neXus XM Satellite Radio/MP3 Player Unveiled



Samsung has unveiled its neXus XM Satellite Radio/MP3 Player and here it is. Take a look.

This is the first MP3 player with XM Satellite Raido Capability. The Samsung neXus will come in 2 versions, one with 1 gig storage (50 hours) and 1 with 512mb storage (25 hours). Each Samsung neXus device comes with an XM Satellite Radio home docking kit, which allows the device to receive XM Satellite Radio in the home.

The neXus uses the XM's Connect and Play technology which will allow you to tag songs you hear on XM Satellite Radio to be downloaded from your xm+napster online service the next time you place your radio in the docking station.

Digital Content from XM can be stored when the neXus is connected to a home or car docking station. This content can then be played anywhere for a complete portable music listening experience.

The Samsung neXus will also allow you to store songs from your personal digital music collection, including MP3's and WMA files you have purchased from a variety of music services. The neXus will also allow you to create customized play lists using your stored digital music and recorded XM programming together.

Now the bad news, word on the street is that the neXus will not be available until possibly Feb. 2006 due to compatabilty programming delays.

Below are some speccs for the Samsung neXus

Size: 3.4”H x 1.9”W x 0.7”D

Accessories Included:
• Battery
• Earbuds
• Remote
• Home Dock/Cradle
• Home XM Antenna
• A/C Power Adapter
• RCA Cable
• USB Cable
• Manuals
• XM+Napster install CD
• Carrying Case/Holster

Accessories Sold Separately:
• Vehicle Kit

No Dell DJ Satellite / Samsung neXus until 2006?!



The rumors are flying and may in fact be true that the Dell DJ and the Samsung neXus may be delayed until 2006.

The delays are reported to be due to software integration issues.

This is all speculative at this point, but based on past history of new XM Radios to the market, this may be very likely. I will keep you updated.

Free XM Satellite Radio for Every Fan at Game One of the 2005 World Series


In the Largest Giveaway in the 102-year History of the World Series, Fans to Receive Coupon for RoadyXT Satellite Radio at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for Game One and Minute Maid Park in Houston for Game Five

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To celebrate the first gameof the 2005 World Series, XM Satellite Radio will offer a free satellite radioto every fan who enters U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for Game One thisSaturday, it was announced today by XM and Major League Baseball.

The giveaway will be the largest in the 102-year history of the WorldSeries.

When fans arrive at the ballpark for the first game of the Fall Classic,every ticket holder will receive a coupon good for the brand-new Delphi XMRoadyXT satellite radio (MSRP: $79.99), plus a World Series commemorative pinattached to the coupon.

In addition, if the 2005 World Series goes to a fifth game, XM will extendthis offer to fans at the Minute Maid Park in Houston for Game Five.

The 2005 World Series caps the first season of Major League Baseballaction carried live and nationwide on XM, the official satellite radio networkof MLB. XM carried every single game of the 2005 regular season, and iscarrying all postseason games through the World Series.

"XM raised the bar for Major League Baseball coverage by giving fansacross the country every game, all season long," said Howard Jacobs, seniorvice president of strategic partnership marketing, XM Satellite Radio. "Inthe one year since XM announced it would carry Major League Baseball games,XM's customer base has doubled to more than five million subscribers. We wantevery fan at the first game of the World Series to experience XM SatelliteRadio for themselves. And if the series goes to five games, we will do itagain for Game Five."

Fans have enjoyed unprecedented coverage of the postseason on XM, whichbroadcast four feeds of each game during the league championship series: thehome team feed, visiting team feed, national feed on ESPN Radio, and Spanish-language play by play from ESPN Espanol. This comprehensive, four-feedcoverage will continue through the World Series. Plus, XM's exclusivebaseball talk radio channel MLB Home Plate (XM Channel 175) will broadcastlive from the stadiums and other locations in Chicago and Houston during theWorld Series. XM will have a major in-stadium presence in Chicago andHouston, including XM listening stations and XM signage.

The Delphi XM RoadyXT is the newest satellite radio for listening to XM's150-plus channels of live sports, commercial-free music, and a wide variety ofother entertainment choices. The respected PC Magazine recently awarded theRoadyXT radio an "Editor's Choice" distinction in a five-star review.

Each RoadyXT coupon distributed at the ballpark will have a unique codenumber. The coupon holder can use the code number to order the RoadyXTonline. Consumers pay a $12.95 monthly subscription to listen to the XMservice. When ordering the RoadyXT, the coupon holder must prepay for thefirst three months of service.