XM, Sirius Take Another Baby Step Toward Merger

Ha! You thought that Department of Justice approval was the finish line for the long, drawn out satellite radio merger? Well, it wasn't, but the end is getting closer as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is reportedly officially backing the merger. There were also some interesting concessions… » 6/16/08 3:40pm 6/16/08 3:40pm

2009 Porsche 911 Adds XM, NavTraffic

One tidbit we missed during our first read of today's announcement of the 2009 Porsche 911: Not to be outdone by the likes of the Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla, Porsche has decided to bite the bullet and include XM Radio and NavTraffic (with complimentary three-month subscription, no less). The 2009 911 will be the… » 6/06/08 2:20pm 6/06/08 2:20pm

Pioneer AVIC-F Series Media, Navigation Systems Features Advanced Voice…

Pioneer has announced a few new additions to its line of car navigation systems. The AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and AVIC-F90BT come with features like iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, MSN Direct, HD Radio, XM, Sirius, CD, DVD, USB, SD and more. Although, the real specialness comes from their voice recognition abilities. » 4/21/08 1:40pm 4/21/08 1:40pm

HD Radio Looks To Tackle Traffic Conundrum

Eight radio companies of different sizes and varieties have joined together to form the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium. Think of it like the Superfriends of yesteryear, but replace the super powers with a lot more boring. The group's goal is to utilize the digital radium spectrum—the one currently being used… » 4/15/08 2:40pm 4/15/08 2:40pm

Sirius, XM Finalize Merger, Make Sweet Music

Remember that Sirius and XM merger that was announced well over a year ago? Well, it FINALLY was approved by the Department of Justice. Basically this means everything went through and all that is approval from the Federal Communications Commission that should be easier than the DOJ, presumably. This was the biggest… » 3/24/08 3:26pm 3/24/08 3:26pm

Sirius Extends Partnership With Chrysler

Exactly one year after the initial announcement of the Sirius and XM merger, exactly nothing has happened, so it's no surprise that Sirius has decided to go ahead and extend its partnership with Chrysler. The deal will make Sirius the exclusive satellite radio provider in Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model through 2017.… » 2/18/08 2:30pm 2/18/08 2:30pm

2009 Hyundai Sonata First To Feature New XM GUI

You got all of the details about the 2009 Hyundai Sonata and its extra-large cupholders yesterday, but there is one more little detail that makes this tech-fiend particularly excited. The 2009 Sonata will feature XM's new and improved touchscreen graphic user interface. Forget about the car, that graphical interface… » 2/07/08 3:15pm 2/07/08 3:15pm

Sirius, XM Merger: Nearly a Year Later and Still Nothing

Seriously, has it been that long? All I want is for the two to finally kiss, make up, merge and make everyone happy, especially the million upon millions of users of satellite radio in the home or on the road. Last night, something went down that caused Matt Drudge, of the infamous Drudge Report, to sound the sirens… » 1/28/08 4:00pm 1/28/08 4:00pm

Satellite Radio Retail Numbers Are Down, Who's To Blame?

As a bit of disclosure, I'll admit that I'm a satellite radio fanatic. So it saddens me to hear that the numbers for December are significantly down. How significant? How about 37.5-percent significant, for, you know, the biggest shopping month of the year. Note that this number is specifically retail, so it only… » 1/23/08 4:00pm 1/23/08 4:00pm

The Fixed Mast Antenna Going The Way Of The Dodo Bird, Scripted…

More and more we've been seeing less and less of the classic fixed mast/pole/stick antennae that once served as evidence of our country's love of the radio. Now that we're migrating towards satellite radio, MP3s and DVDs, the metal mast antenna is being replaced by the smaller in-glass models or sleeker roof-mounted… » 1/23/08 3:30pm 1/23/08 3:30pm

CES 2008: Ford Unveils Sirius Travel Link Navigation System, Offers…

In addition to a tease of even more Sync-ing to come at the 2008 CES show, Ford's just unveiled their newest toy to complement the Sync system. It's called the Sirius Travel Link navigation system — and it's a nav system that uses Sirius's ability to download data to your in-dash system to give drivers and passengers… » 1/06/08 7:31pm 1/06/08 7:31pm

Manufacturers Give Thumbs Up to Sirius, XM Merger Everyone Forgot About

It's been 10 months, so what the hell is going on with that Sirius and XM satellite radio merger? Eh, it's a bunch of bureaucratic BS, but the Department of Justice should be giving approval by the end of the year with the final ballbuster, the FCC, hopefully giving the go ahead in February. Apparently investors people » 12/18/07 4:00pm 12/18/07 4:00pm

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti to Get Standard XM

What good is being a corporate lobbyist and having a fat, luxe Ferrari if you can't hear the "Ron & Fez" show on the way to the day spa? No damn good, we say. But take heed. Ferrari will include XM Radio and XM NavTraffic as standard equipment in the 612 Scaglietti flagship grand tourer, along with three years of… » 8/07/07 2:06pm 8/07/07 2:06pm

Buy A Used GM Car, Get XM Radio Free...For Three Months

According to a joint release from the General and XM, we're told GM's offering a "satellite radio trial program" for their certified used vehicles program. What it means is any GM used vehicle sold as "certified" and equipped with an XM Radio will get three months of XM service for free and they'll waive any and all… » 5/23/07 2:15pm 5/23/07 2:15pm

Breaking! XM, Sirius Announce Merger!

Although rumors have been running rampant since this morning, it's now official — they'll be combining in a $13 billion "merger of equals." Where have I heard that before? Oh wait, yeah — isn't DaimlerChrysler trying to sell off one of those "equals" as we speak? Anyway, here's the press release — hot off of… » 2/19/07 4:03pm 2/19/07 4:03pm

Sirius Cuts Year-End Subscriber Forecast: Auto Units To Blame?

Sirius lowered expectations on the number of folks out there it plans on having as subscribers at the end of the year — from an initial estimate of 6.3 million subscribers to somewhere between 5.9 and 6.1 million. Simultaneously, the big Stern-friendly satellite radio company's released new and cheaper models of it's… » 12/05/06 12:19pm 12/05/06 12:19pm

Ad Watch: Chrysler, Dodge And Jeep Look To Stem Sales Losses With…

Yes, we know Sirius sucks compared to XM — but, free satellite radio's free satellite radio, and considering the lease deals the folks at the Chrysler Group are now reported to be offering, I feel like it's almost a pity deal. So pony up your $185 or whatever per month, and you too can save a starving automaker —… » 11/10/06 8:01pm 11/10/06 8:01pm

DaimlerChrysler to Stick with Sirius Through 2012

Hemi Guys won't have to give up their Howard Stern Show (or their Martha Stewart, as the case may be) until at least 2012. DaimlerChrysler recently extended its exclusive deal with Sirius Satellite Radio by seven years, including all US-sold Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Freightliner trucks. Sirius… » 11/01/05 10:15am 11/01/05 10:15am

Installing In-Car Satellite Radio

Alice Hill at Real Tech News offers a rundown on how to install and activate a satellite radio for the car, using a Sirius StarMate satellite unit, plus FM transmitter (via cigarette lighter socket) and remote control. We freely admit to our lack of automotive electronics acumen (and our OCD-level hatred for hanging… » 8/04/05 12:16pm 8/04/05 12:16pm