When they first announced the merger over a year ago, I think Feb. '07, they said the channels would be available by December... so bank on at least 10 months before the xm channels are available. You'll probably need a new radio that can read both Sirius and XM satellites so that's another hurdle. I believe the plan is to offer subscribers different plans like cable tv does. Something like $7 for 50 channels and then something for each additional channel. We'll see soon enough.
Has there been any early info on pre-installed vehicle setups? I don't have the ability to get a new radio because it's integrated into my dash. Wonder how they plan to deal with that.
You won't need to do anything. All the XM and Sirius radios will be able to receive Sirius XM channels. And if you don't want any channels from the opposite company, you don't have to and you can keep whatever you got right now.
the interview was more about how the merger happened but one thing they talked about was that you can keep the plan that you have whether XM or Sirius right now but hopefully by September or October that you will be able to get other channels...just in time for hockey season.
Yeah, he didn't give any programming specific updates, which is reasonable being that the merger was only approved a couple of days ago. It seemed like the initial feeling is that everyone will be able to keep their existing service, and then pay an additional fee ($4 or so) to add certain channels from the other service. In the end, it sounds like they're going for a cable TV type package, where you pay $12.95 for basic service and then add-on premium channels for additional cash.
I'm personally bummed out about this, because I thought the whole point of the merger was to streamline operations and attract more customers. They should just combine both services and eliminate any redundant channels and give everybody everything for the same price. This would still save the new company money (fewer overall channels), and would definitely attract new customers. This won't happen though.