Overall Ranking: 98/100
Price: 9.99-18.99 per month plus equipment
Owners: Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
A Sirius XM radio subscription is programming that is broadcast via satellite rather than regular AM or FM signals. The signal can be received from most anywhere, including home, car, and now via internet.
The programming is largely commercial free, save for the occasional internal plug for other programming or an upcoming event.
In light of this subscribers pay a fee for the service.
There are as many as 175 channels ranging from all sorts of music genres, sports, and talk.
· Reception most anywhere
· Can listen to the same station coast to coast
· Commercial free programming
· Wide variety of programming
· Reasonably priced
· Excellent customer support
· Temporary interruptions of service
· Poor reception in tunnels and over-passes
WHO IT IS FOR
Anyone who enjoys radio that offers a vast selection of programming. There is something for everyone.
It’s for anyone who does not like commercials.
It’s for anyone who wants control of what they hear when they want to hear it.
Training is self-explanatory. To borrow an outdated camera term, it’s similar to point and shoot.
The tools needed are: a subscription, their proprietary equipment, which can be self-installed or professionally installed.
There are home installations and mobile installations.
The same radio can be used in the home as well as the car, by removing it from docking station and plugging it in to the other.
There is telephone support, email support, and live chat via internet support.
The support staff is very helpful and will go to most any length to satisfy a listener’s concern or correct a particular problem.
If additional help is needed over and above what can be provided by regular support staff, there is an escalation department that will step in to make sure things are handled properly and to help you get started again.
Subscriptions range from 9.99 per month for the 80 channel (mostly music) package, to 14.99 for the 165 channel package (select), to 18.99 for the 175 channel package (all access).
Discounts are available for semi-annual and annual subscriptions as well.
Some new cars come with Sirius/XM installed. In that case, a subscription is all that’s needed.
Otherwise, you will need to buy their equipment, which can range from $50 to around $150 depending on the equipment purchased.
They sometimes offer re-conditioned equipment at a discount.
Sirius XM Radio Online is also available.
For those who have the equipment, it’s $4 extra for the online subscription.
For those without the equipment, who only want to listen online, it’s 14.99 per month.
It is a wonderful product. Music lovers can enjoy stations devoted to 40’s on channel 4, 50’s on 5, 60’s on 6, 70’s on 7, 80’s on 8, and 90’s on 9 to name a few. Classic rock lovers can listen to Deep Tracks on 27, featuring all the great music that didn’t make the top 40, and can enjoy some of the most informed and passionate DJs ever: Earle Bailey, Meg Griffin, Michael Tearson, Dan Neer, Jim Ladd, and a special show “Buried Treasure”, hosted by Tom Petty.
If you listen to the radio and want what you want when you want it, it’s worth the few cents per day it costs for the subscription plus equipment.
It’s possible to go on a road trip and listen to your favorite show every day you’re on the road from anywhere in the United States and Canada.
I highly recommend this product.