update 2/2/06 the after market GM unit should be out soon.. This SIRIUS Connect box will make a GM XM ready radio work with SIRIUS
FYI: You can now get aftermarket units like the GM SIRIUS Connectto make GM radios that are wired for XM get Sirius. Could GM offer this as a dealer install?
We have gotten lots of hits regarding this post, and questions. I guess we should have made it more clear that this is a rumor! We posted this info because that is what we do, post chatter and info about Sirius. We got word of this rumor and did some searching on the topic, that is what we have posted here. Thanks
We at GSI have been keeping an eye on this for some time, and over the past days and hours we have been able to track down some information that GM and XM might end their exclusive relationship. Sirius would not officially comment nor would GM, or XM. So what you read here should be treated as a rumor for now, but with the information we have, we think that there is a likelihood that this could happen.
First....There has been no press release from General Motors indicating they will continue to offer XM exclusively...
Second....Mel stated that he would be going to Detroit (GM's home base, they have the other Detroit boys on board) last week at the conference call and said new OEM details would be announced "soon".. listen to clip
-This trip could also be with Ford, Sirius and Ford do have some room to build on their current deal..
Third...XM's SEC filings state:
"The agreement is subject to renegotiation at any time based upon the installation of radios that are compatible with common receiver platform or capable of receiving Sirius Satellite Radio's service. The agreement is subject to renegotiation if as of November 2005, ... ...There can be no assurances as to the outcome of any such renegotiations. GM's exclusivity obligations will discontinue if, by November 2005 and at two-year intervals thereafter, the Company (XM) fails to achieve and maintain specified minimum market share levels in the satellite digital radio service market..."
Now along with these facts, we still can not get any official word about this. So please note we are reporting this as just that, nothing official but some very strong facts to support that Sirius and GM may have some deal to announce soon. Form what we can gather GM may soon offer both Sirius and XM..FYI: You can now get aftermarket units like the GM SiriusConnect to make GM radios that are wired for XM get Sirius. Could GM offer this as a dealer install?