USAToday - negative on satellite radio stocks

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Krantz writes: "When individual investors get overly enthusiastic about unproven, unprofitable small companies, there's usually an unhappy ending.

That's precisely what's happened to investors in satellite radio. After the dot-com bubble burst, investors looking for fast money scrambled into these stocks and were richly rewarded for a while. Hardly a day passed without readers asking me about the stocks."

...followed by...

"My views have essentially remained the same. Since that column ran, XM and Sirius
have both posted four more quarters of losses totaling $586.6 million and $813.5 million respectively. Yes, revenue has gained as well, but both companies continue to burn cash."

I don't understand why people listen to columists like Krantz and Cramer...this is really superficial analysis. The only numbers that you should pay attention to with SIRIUS and XM are: customer acquisition cost and lifetime value of the customer (which you can calculate by multiplying the annual subscription fee by the reciprocal of churn, which both companies report).

I bet this guy was negative on cable stocks in the 80s...

Sirius Party to Crash

Now This would be a fun party to crash - Mary Pat Ryan, executive vice president, subscriber sales & operations at SIRIUS Satellite Radio, is giving a speech at her alma matter - Holy Cross entitled “Movies, Music, Satellite: Love Your Job!”.

Mary Pat Ryan is formerly of HBO and Direct TV.

Makes me want to put on a wig and forge a student ID...

It's Official! Howard Stern Tapes Are Coming This Weekend

Just in case you've been sleeping under a rock....

SIRIUS officially announced that it will unleash classic unedited material from Howard Stern's last 20 years on radio starting this weekend.

The special programming, which has been censored, criticized, fought over and locked away is now making its triumphant return to the airwaves. The material, culled from thousands of fan requests and drawn from their favorite moments from Howard's coveted canon of radio broadcasts, will be played unedited and censor-free, the way it was meant to be heard.

The all-request special begins Labor Day Weekend, airing Friday, September 1 at 3pm ET and will run through Monday, September 4 at 12 midnight ET on Howard 100. Howard 101 will carry a simultaneous West Coast broadcast.

Chosen from 23,000 hours of tape from the last two decades of Howard's radio career, these fan favorite moments will include unedited interviews with such memorable guests as Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, Sylvester Stallone and Sam Kinison. In addition, bits featuring famed impersonator and past longtime Stern show regular Billy West will air throughout the weekend, as well as classic prank calls, song parodies, live musical performances and much more.

Fans have been invited to send requests online -- at and -- and to phone in their requests. The phone and web lines will be open through Monday, September 4.

More Details on flat-panel Soloist

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Satellite Standard reported some more details about the Sirius Soloist, a docking station with really cool speakers from NXT. We have some more details in addition to our earlier post about the Soloist.

First, a picture, which we found at the press release from NXT:

Second, the best thing about this dock is that it works with a bunch of SIRIUS radios. TSS-Radio's product description for the Soloist, it will work with the Sportster 4 (SP4TK1) and the upcoming Stiletto 100 (SL100PK1), Stiletto 10 (SL10PK1), Sportster 3 (SP3TK1), Starmate 3 (ST3TK1), Starmate 4 (ST4TK1) and Stratus (SV3TK1). It will also connect to any 30-pin IPODs, which includes all the ipods except for the Shuffle.

Third, the sound quality is going to be very good for such a small package, due to the technology that was developed by NXT, a British company. Here is a small description of how it works:

"An exciter converts an electrical signal from an amplifier into force, which in turn produces bending waves in the panel. These bending waves then generate acoustic (sound) waves that travel from the loudspeaker to the listener." Unlike a traditional speaker diaphram, which "pulses" to translate electricity into sound, the NXT speaker speaker surface "bends", creating a more accurate representation of the sound.

Most of the products that NXT makes using this SoundSurface technology are building speakers into places where they usually couldn't be found, for example, in a ceiling tile.

Here are a list of features:

Generates full, wide sound field in all directions
* Panel surface vibrates in controlled operation to provide full-range stereo
* Exciters coupled at lower frequency to drive entire panel as a mono bass source
* 10WPC Tripath amplifier – full-range switching chip design
* Switchable equalization curves & DBBS Dynamic Bass Boost
* Built-in alarm clock with Snooze button
* Front panel AUX IN and headphone jacks
* Rear panel AUX IN and AUX OUT jacks for connecting to A/V system or computer
* Rear panel USB jack supports SL & iPod file transfer
* Remote control

Satellite radio sales grew slowly in July...but SIRIUS is winning!

Jonathan Jacoby of Banc of America Securities posted a research note yesterday (8/29) claiming that satellite industry radio sales grew 2% year-to-year in July. He is just reporting on the NPD numbers.

SIRIUS seems to have achieved the majority of that growth, with XM sales down 29% and Sirius sales up 49% year-over-year. Jacoby wrote that he thinks the XM decrease was due to product shortages because of the FCC emission tests.

It seems as though SIRIUS got a bit of advantage from seeing XM get hit by the FCC first, perhaps the advantage of being a bit smaller and not as squarly in the center of the FCC radar screen. I would bet that SIRIUS began revamping their radios when they first heard of XMs issues and therefore had a few weeks head-start.

Jacoby said that Sirius’ growth was up 49% year-to-year. He informed investors that “Sirius has taken share on account of product shortages for XM.”

At the same time Jacoby advised, “We continue to recommend the XMSR/SIRI pair,” he also warned, “We do NOT believe that satellite radio is out of the woods yet regarding the fallout from the FCC issue.”

Satellite Standard, as usual, has really good coverage of the NPD Satellite Radio Numbers for July.

Agere Systems Q2 Results - lower satellite radio shipments

Monday, August 28, 2006

Agere makes the chipsets for at least some of SIRIUS' radios. They released their quarterly report on Aug 10, here are some exerpts. Agere makes lots of chips and chipsets, mainly related to telecom applications.

Three months ended June 30
2006 2005 change % change
$105 $125 $ (20) (16)%

Nine months ended June 30
2006 2005 change %change
$290 $324 $(34) (10)%

"In Mobility, product revenue was $97 million for the third quarter, a decrease of $17 million from the prior year, and $266 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, a $29 million decrease from the nine months ended June 30, 2005. The decrease in product revenue for the current quarter is mainly due to price declines across most applications and lower volume in chipsets for satellite radio receivers. The decrease in product revenue for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, resulted primarily from $36 million lower sales of 3G custom chipsets the customer has discontinued and price declines across most applications. The decreases in both the three and nine month periods were partially offset by increases in shipments of products based on the 2.5G standard. Revenue from the licensing of intellectual property was $8 million for the third quarter, a decrease of $3 million from the prior year and $24 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, a decrease of $5 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2005."

Another bit of Agere news from early June - "Agere Systems (NYSE:
AGR) today announced that it will provide a new, advanced system-on-a-chip
(SoC) chip set to manufacturers of SIRIUS radios. Agere's announcement
coincides with next week's Computex conference and exhibition in Taiwan
(Agere Booth T101A2)." - link.

New Country Soundstage Weekend!

Hear exclusive songs recorded especially for New Country from artists like Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Jack Ingram, Jo Dee Messina, Leann Rimes, Van Zant, Josh Turner, SHeDAISY, Phil Vassar, Eric Church, Gretchen Wilson and others!

You'll hear 2-3 New Country Soundstage exclusive songs every hour all weekend, beginning at 5 pm ET on Friday Sept. 1st only on New Country Ch. 60!

Plus, they'll also feature the Big and Rich concert recorded at Bike Week in Sturgis, South Dakota from the "Rock n' the Rally" concert at 10 pm ET Friday, 6 pm ET Saturday, 9 pm ET Sunday and 4 pm ET on Monday.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

We have gotten our hands on a new SIRIUS product sheet. Gives some details on the new units.Satellite Standard also has some new photos of the Stiletto..

It appears as though you can pre-order the Stiletto at Crutchfield and TSS-Radio

Sirius Internet Radio Plus

Friday, August 25, 2006

SiriusBackstage reported yesterday that SIRIUS plans on offering an online-only subscription called "Sirius Internet Radio Plus". The service will offer CD-quality sound on the music channels and select talk channels including Howard 100/101 at 48kbps.

This will cost $12.95 if you are not already a subscriber and you can purchase up to 3 additional subscriptions for $6.99 each. Existing Sirius subscribers can upgrade to SIR Plus for an additional $2.99 a month. The $2.99 is just for one of your ESN's however, so if you have seperate SIR accounts on each of them you'll have to pay $2.99 for each to upgrade. As far as we know Sirius does not have any plans to offer channels on the new service that aren't available via your Sirius receiver.

Subscribers are not required to upgrade to the new service, if you are happy with the current online streaming (which lacks the talk channels) you can stick with that, which is still free.

It is not clear exactly which talk stations will be included, other than Howard, but the speculation is that the sports channels will not be included. People on SBS are complaining about the price, arguing that this should be a free upgrade for people who already subscribe.

SiriusBusiness Adds Country Kitchen

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Country Kitchen International of Madison, Wisconsin, has named SIRIUSBusiness as its endorsed background music service for its nearly 200 restaurants throughout the U.S.

"Our motto at Country Kitchens is to ‘treat folks special’, and with SIRIUS as our background music, we set the scene to do just that," explained Dennis Busch, Director of Design and Construction. "Our franchisees are pleased with the affordability of the system, and that makes them feel good too."

"The Country Kitchen concept evolved to meet the changing lifestyles of their guests. From serving nickel hamburgers to providing satellite radio to its diners, Country Kitchen is willing to take initiative and give their customers what they want," noted Tom Coppola, Sales Manager for AMTC. "We are proud to be a part of their team."

Country Kitchen franchisees appear to be delighted with the new program. Bruce Campbell, Proprietor of Country Kitchen in Cuba, MO volunteered, "We love the variety of the music. The ability to dynamically adapt our background music to match the clientele in the restaurant is a huge plus. The $24.95 per month cost is a great price for this much service."

Country Kitchen International is a leader in full-service family restaurants, with locations in 26 states and is headquartered in Madison, WI. Signature menu items include The Best Pancakes in Town™, Skillet Breakfasts™ and The Big Country Boy Burger™.

Sirius Canada to Offer Pre-Paid Gift Cards

Toronto, ON, August 23, 2006: Sirius Canada has partnered with gift card provider InComm to offer prepaid gift cards that can be used toward Sirius satellite radio subscriptions and activations.

Starting this Fall, the Sirius-branded cards will be available in denominations of $50 CN and $75 CN through select InComm retail partners. They can be bundled with a Sirius satellite receiver, or simply purchased separately.

“Sirius prepaid gift cards will give customers the gift giving flexibility they need in time for the holiday season,” explained Paul Cunningham, Vice President of Sales and Distribution at Sirius Canada Inc. “Now customers can easily give the gift of a Sirius subscription without using a credit card. We are pleased to partner with InComm to bring this flexibility to our Sirius customers.”

“The addition of Sirius gift cards to our product offering further solidifies InComm as the leading technology provider for retailers in Canada for gift cards and other prepaid products,” added Brian Parlotto, Senior Director of International Sales at InComm. “We constantly strive to connect our retailers with the products their customers demand, and Sirius Canada is a very strong addition to our product suite.”

For more information visit Sirius Canada

Starmate Replays Back and Shipping after FCC Setback

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's official now that the Starmate Replay is back shipping and available from The Starmate Replay as well as the SIRIUS One are now back on sale with They wouldn't been available if they had not been given a go ahead to offer them. This is promising news after some questions from the FCC about the strength of the FM Modulator.

Will Sirius and XM merge? You Can Bet on It.

Monday, August 21, 2006

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Sirius Conductor system

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Satellite radio provider Sirius has introduced the Sirius Conductor system, a home radio and wireless controller that allows control of the system from up to 150 feet away. The Conductor attaches to a home stereo system, with metadata streaming to the wireless controller.

Two audio zones can be used with the Sirius Conductor, which includes an IR blaster, radio/transceiver and weatherproof antenna. The controller can control six additional A/V components and can set up to 30 channels as favorites.

The Conductor has an MSRP of $149.99 and should be available in November.

more via

"Free" Sirius Radio for existing subscribers

Friday, August 18, 2006

I just happened to hear an ad for this while listening. Apparently if you are an existing subscriber and purchase a boombox or home kit, you can get a free Starmate. You must also purchase at least a 6 month subscription (at the $6.99 rate)

While it's certainly not "free", if you were planning on getting a second unit or home kit, this would be a pretty good deal. Log into your account to see this option. While the terms say a free Starmate or Sportster, the picture shows a Starmate Replay and One, so I'm not sure what you would actually get.

Complete terms:

1. Free radio must be ordered by September 25th, 2006. Limit two radios per subscriber. Offer available only while supplies last.

2. Offer open only from August 21st, 2006 through September 25th, 2006, to existing Sirius subscribers, whose accounts are in good standing.

3. A pre-paid subscription of at least six months, paid by credit card (which may be combined with SIRIUS prepaid card), must be activated for each free radio.

4. If free radio(s) is not activated five days after shipment, Sirius reserves the right to bill subscriber for the minimum subscription associated with this promotion (six months) with the credit card on file within the subscriber's programming account. Subscription will initiate immediately.

5. If unable to bill the subscriber for the minimum subscription and the free radio is not activated with the minimum subscription by October 15th, 2006, Sirius will charge subscriber for full price of hardware, including taxes, with the credit card information on file within the Sirius online store

6. Shipping and handling charges will apply to all radio orders. Free Starmate or Sportster radio requires purchase of a home kit, executive dock or boombox. Sirius makes no warranties with respect to Sirius-compatible hardware.

7. After completion of the initial subscription period, service will renew automatically for additional periods of the same length on Sirius' standard Terms & Conditions.

8. Promotion valid only for United States subscribers. Canadian subscribers are not eligible.

9. Subscription to service is sold separately from hardware and is supplied in accordance with Sirius' standard Terms & Conditions. Service may not be available in all areas. Service cannot be assigned or transferred.

10. Free radio cannot be sold or transferred. Offer cannot be combined with any other gift or rebate offer

11. SIRIUS reserves the right to modify or terminate this offer at any time. All fees and programming are subject to change. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

We were first to show off the Brix version of some of these new units back in June.. Note the photos shown are of the Brix units look for the Directed SIRIUS units photos soon.


SIRIUS Satellite Radio unveiled the Starmate4, Starmate3, Sportster3 and SIRIUS Stratus. Each radio can fit into a universal home dock, car dock and boombox - all using the same connector configuration as the SIRIUS Sportster4.

The new Sportster3 features a slim design and the same easy-to-use rotary tuning knob and large buttons known for the Sporster series. Essentially the Sportster3 is a stripped down version of the Sportster4, but without the Replay functionality. The package includes a vehicle power adapter, remote, vehicle antenna, vehicle dock and suction cup mount. The Sportster3 is expected to be available in September, and MSRP at $119.99.

The Starmate4 has been designed with an ultra-slim form-factor while maintaining a large wide-screen display that provides the ability to view longer artist names and song titles with up to five lines of text. The Starmate4, like the Sportster4, also replays up to 44 minutes of content and can pause, rewind and fast-forward. The Starmate4 package includes the receiver, vehicle power adapter, remote, vehicle antenna, vehicle dock, and vehicle mounts. The Starmate4 will be available in October at an MSRP of $119.99.

The Starmate3 provides a less expensive way to experience the Starmate. Expected to hit retail in October, the Starmate3 has all of the features of the Starmate4 except for the 44 minute replay capability. The radio, at an MSRP of $99.99, will be available at select stores, and includes the receiver, vehicle power adapter, remote, vehicle antenna, vehicle dock and vehicle mounts.

All three units will feature SIRIUS' GameZone, GameAlert, One-touch Jump, S-Seek, and other features we're used to from newer SIRIUS plug-and-play receivers.

The SIRIUS Stratus, expected to be available in October at an MSRP of $59.99, is the affordable receiver option that still features the new SIRIUS universal docking capability. Features include: 10 button presets, direct entry tuning, a three line display and large buttons - as well as push button controls, One-touch Jump, 10 presets, direct channel access, parental controls, a 100 channel built-in wireless FM transmitter, FM frequency shortcut button, and a real time clock. The package includes the receiver, vehicle power adapter, magnetic antenna, and dash and vent mounts.

AMTC / SIRIUSBusiness - Where You Can Find Sirius...

With the announcements today of Sirius being added to Cici's and Four Seasons Silicon Valley, we decided to take a quick look at some of the other businesses where Sirius can be heard....

-The Piggly Wiggly grocery store brand has made SIRIUSBusiness its recommended background music service. Piggly Wiggly, whose headquarters are in Carrollton, Texas, has nearly 600 grocery outlets across the nation.

-Big Boy Restaurants International LLC has selected SIRIUSBusiness as the official background music for its fast casual restaurants throughout the United States. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Big Boy Restaurants International LLC is the exclusive worldwide franchiser of more than 455 Big Boy restaurants.

-SiriusBusiness has pacted with Ford Motor Company to provide Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers in the U.S. with SIRIUSBusiness for showroom music. The agreement presents an opportunity for Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers to use their showroom music as a 'point of purchase' sales tool to promote sales of SIRIUS receivers and service to vehicle purchasers.

-High-end sandwich shop Spicy Pickle has selected SIRIUSBusiness as the background music provider for its fast casual restaurants throughout the United States. The chain has grown nearly 20 locations across the country. The Spicy Pickle serves gourmet sub sandwiches, grilled paninis, and specialty salads.

-Super Suppers of Fort Worth, Texas, has selected SIRIUSBusiness as the background music provider for its Super Locations throughout the United States.

-The Memphis Days Inn at Graceland, the official hotel of The Elvis Fan Club, has selected SIRIUSBusiness as the background music service for its property.

-Up The Creek Restaurants of America, Inc. has selected SIRIUSBusiness as the official background music service for its restaurants throughout the United States.

-The Coffee Beanery, where fine quality coffees, deliciously healthy foods and warm, friendly people come together all across the country, has teamed-up with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to offer background music in its stores.

Pay attention when you are out in public and you may just hear your favorite Sirius channel playing in the background

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Teams With Sirius

The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley recently opened with SIRIUS Radio as their exclusive background music provider. The service, SIRIUSBusiness, provided by Applied Media Technologies Corporation (AMTC), consists of 67 channels of 24-hour, commercial-free music from SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

“Because of its location in the heart of high-tech California, it is natural that the Four Seasons would employ a high-tech solution for its music needs. With SIRIUS Satellite Radio, they have just that,” assured Martin Rund, Director of Strategic Partnerships for AMTC. “And, they have been able to achieve this without having to sign any long-term contract.”

“We are very pleased with our decision to install this music system,” remarked Scott Mills, Director of Food & Beverage at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, CA. “Our guests have very exacting standards and I believe that SIRIUS music have exceeded their expectations.”

SIRIUS Added to Over 600 CiCi's Pizza Restaurants

SIRIUS Satellite Radio's business services unit, SIRIUS Business, has inked a deal with CiCi's Pizza to include SIRIUS as background music for over 600 restaurants throughout the US. SIRIUS Business is provided exclusively by Applied Media Technologies Corporation (AMTC) under the brand name as a service for business, presenting competition to similar services such as Muzak.

Under the agreement, AMTC will also provide sound equipment to the CiCi's Pizza Restaurant locations.

via Orbitcast

More Possible FCC Kinks?

It looks like the Sportster 3 and the Re-Worked Starmate Replay may be having trouble passing the scrutinizing eye of the FCC.

Check out satelliteradiotechworld for the details.

2nd Annual March of Dimeday to Air on Hard Attack

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack will present the second annual March Of Dimeday on Sunday, August 20. March Of Dimeday celebrates the life and music of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitar legend Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott. It's 24 hours of all things Dimebag; in addition to clips from the man himself, it will also feature anything Dime would want to hear if he had his own satellite radio station. You'll hear tons of PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, REBEL MEETS REBEL, and Dime-approved bands such as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, KISS, SHADOWS FALL, VAN HALEN, METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and more. Plus, exclusive and candid Dime stories from friends, family and the Hard Attack staff.

Check it out this Sunday Aug. 20th on Hard Attack Ch. 27

Matt Pinfield Plays Whatever He Wants

It's almost that time of the month again....
The first and third Thursday of every month @ 6 pm ET on Left of Center Ch. 26 tune in and hang with Matt Pinfield.

Pinfield, who is well known for his work in television and radio, as well as his encyclopedic knowledge of rock & roll, joins the Left of Center team to play some brand new songs, deep album cuts and well, whatever else he wants.

Check it out Tomorrow at 6pm ET on Left of Center Ch. 26

Satellite Radio Merger? Chatter Continues...

Keeping you informed of what MAY be happening behind the scenes....

The talk among industry professionals about a Sirius / XM merger is continuing. Check out this article in today's Hollywood Reporter RIGHT HERE.

Phil Labonte Visits Hard Attack

ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte will take a break from the band's busy touring schedule to hang with his good friend and Hard Attack host Mario inside the Sirius studios.

Labonte holds nothing back, and will be talking about past band troubles, vocal influences, the band's spot on the second stage of Ozzfest, the band's new record, and of course some of his favorite bands.

Tune in to hear tracks from ALL THAT REMAINS record, 'The Fall of Ideals,' alongside hand-picked music from some of Labonte's favorite bands, new and old.

Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9pm (ET) on Hard Attack Ch. 27
Re-broadcast Sunday, August 20 at 12pm (ET)

The Sirius Stiletto - Live Portable Unit

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The first leak of the Sirius Stiletto is out....

Check out Satellite Standard for the info!

World Series of Pop Culture Host Visits Hits 1

Monday, August 14, 2006

Host of The World Series of Pop Culture, Pat Kiernan, pays a visit to The Morning Mash Up to test how much useless knowledge they've got in their collective heads. Listen to the intense action as team "The 3 Boobs" (Rich Davis and Nicole) take on team "StanRyanTastic" (Ryan Sampson and Stanley T.). The stakes? The winner gets free breakfast for a week...don't miss this battle of

Tomorrow, Tues. Aug. 15th at 7am ET on Sirius Hits 1

Rebroadcast: Tues., Aug. 15th at 10 am ET.

Hertz Adds Three New Models to 'Fun Collection,' Putting Excitement in High Gear This Summer

Just days after announcing the addition of the Ford Mustang Convertible with Sirius to the New York Area, Hertz adds three models to their "Fun Collection" nationwide including the Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

Created for leisure travelers seeking exciting driving experiences, the Hertz Fun Collection features an array of sporty vehicles including convertibles, coupes, roadsters and SUVs.

Other vehicles available through the Hertz Fun Collection include such convertibles as the Ford Mustang, Mazda Miata, Toyota Solara, PT Cruiser and Chrysler Sebring; coupes/roadsters including the exclusive, limited-edition Shelby GT-H Mustang, Ford Mustang (hard-top), PT Cruiser, Chevy HHR and Nissan 350Z; and SUVs such as the Ford Escape XLT Sport, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Murano and HUMMER H3.

Adding more entertainment to the driving experience, Hertz Fun Collection vehicles feature SIRIUS Satellite Radio. And, as with vehicles in the Hertz Prestige Collection, the Hertz Fun Collection is specifically reservable by make and model.

New SIRIUS Rebate Up to $100

SIRIUS Unveiled a new Rebate yesterday valid from 8/13-9/30. It's the SCORE WITH SIRIUS Rebate, which highlights SIRIUS' extensive coverage of the NFL and the NFL Game Schedule.

They Offer rebates on most of the more popular units such as the Starmate Replay and Sportster Replay. The SIRIUS S50 gets a $100 Mail in Rebate and for the first time the SIRIUS Sportster 4 gets a price drop and a $30 Mail in Rebate bringing the after rebate price down to a very reasonable $119.99.

You can check out the Mail in Rebate and Form Here

Panic At The Disco Vists Alt Nation

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Join Demos on Alt. Nation Ch. 21 as he welcomes Panic! At The Disco to the SIRIUS Studios. Their new record A Fever You Can't Sweat Out is in stores now and they've been nominated for 5 MTV VMA's. Hear them talk about how they met, why they kicked Brent out of the band and what advice they have for young bands.

Wednesday Aug. 16th @ 11:00 am ET on Alt. Nation Ch. 21
Rebroadcast: Sat., Aug. 19th @ 11 pm ET.

Kill Hannah Visits Alt Nation

Kill Hannah join Madison in the SIRIUS Studios to talk about their new record Until There's Nothing Left of Us, which just came out, and their upcoming tour with Papa Roach and Lostprophets. Plus, they'll talk about their hometown of Chicago and their friendship with Billy Corgan.

Check it out Tuesday Aug. 15th @ 9:00pm ET on Alt Nation Ch. 21
Rebroadcast: Sun., Aug. 20th @ 11:00 am ET.

MusicDock, Listen to Satellite Radio On Your Mobile Device

Friday, August 11, 2006

MusicDock is a online service that turns your Windows Media 9 or higher-compatable mobile device into a satellite radio receiver.

Once logged into your satellite radio account (both XM and Sirius let you stream their signal online), the MusicDock acts as a middle man, playing back your favorite satellite radio stations.

MusicDock is free (for now at least). Palm OS devices (without proper Windows Media support) aren't supported.

- Listen to satellite Radio anywhere, anytime
- Real-Time song information with Album art
- No software installation required
- Easy Access to Favorite Channels
- Auto-Login
- Seamless access on both Desktop and Mobile device
- Use your Phone or PDA as a portable satellite radio receiver
- No account setup required. Just use your existing satellite Radio Online login
- Free

MusicDock Home Page

Sirius S50 Among Top Ten Most Wanted Gadgets On eBay

The Sirius S50 Satellite Radio Receiver has made the list of eBay's Top 10 Most Wanted Gadgets.

It is number 5!

The S50 was only beat out by the the T-Mobile Sidekick II, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, the Garmin GPS Forerunner and the Nintendo DS Lite.

Not bad for the trusty ol' S50!

Did you just win the S50 on Ebay? Check out TSS-Radio for all your S50 accessories!

Thanks to Sirius Fan Network for this info.

Hertz Adds Mustang Convertibles to New York City-Area Fleet

Visiting New York anytime soon?

The Hertz Corporation has added the Ford Mustang Convertible to five of its locations in the New York City-metropolitan area. The 210-horsepower Ford Mustang Convertible is available for rent at Hertz's three metro-New York airport locations: LaGuardia and JFK Airports in New York City and Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ; as well as its East Hampton, NY Airport and Watermill, NY locations.

A Ford specialty Mustang designed to keep the American legend fresh, the drop top offers a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, with Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. All cars are equipped with air conditioning, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD player, four-wheel power disc brakes and 16-inch painted cast aluminum wheels with all-season tires.

Mustang Convertible V-6s equipped with SIRIUS Satellite Radio may be requested at the time of reservation at all five locations.

Obie Trice Previews His New Album with Special Guest Eminem

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Personal Preview Special: Obie Trice Second Rounds On Me with Special Guest Eminem!

Catch the latest installment of the Personal Preview Special series featuring Shady Records own Obie Trice and his sophomore release, Second Rounds On Me, hosted by Shade 45's afternoon jock Lil Shawn and featuring a special appearance by the album's executive producer, EMINEM!

Hear Obie Trice's new album before it hits the streets August 15th with track-by-track commentary from Obie and Eminem! With features from the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, Akon, Brick and Lace, Nate Dogg, Trey Songz, and Trick Trick and production by Eminem, J.R., Akon, Emile, Sick Notes and others, this promises to be one of the best albums of the summer and you get to hear it all first on Shade 45 so don’t miss it! STRICTLY ON SHADE 45!

Airs Tonight at Midnight on Shade 45

Rebroadcasts: Fri., Aug. 11th @ 2 pm-4 pm ET; Sun., Aug. 13th @ 12 am-2 am ET & 5pm-7pm ET; Mon., Aug. 14th 8 pm-10 pm ET.

Sirius Hits 1 Morning Mash Up Guests

Sirius Hits 1's Morning Mash Up has two guests stopping by the studio Friday morning to talk about their upcoming movie PULSE...

Kristen Bell drops in on The Morning Mash Up at 7:00 am ET to talk about her new scary movie Pulse. But that's not all... she'll talk about her boyfriend and what their first date was like, what her breakfast habits are, and what fans of Veronica Mars really think of her calves. Rebroadcast 10:00 am ET.

Christina Milian makes a return visit to The Morning Mash Up at 8:00am ET to talk about her new scary movie Pulse. She'll dish on co-star Kristen Bell, her love for breakfast burritos and why you shouldn't drink the water in Romania. We'll also find out if Rich Davis will leave Kristen Bell for Christina Milian. Will he make her Top 8? You'll just have to listen to find out. Rebroadcast: 11:00 am ET.


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Lisa Marie Presley's Top 5 Presets

If you haven't checked out recently then you've missed this cool new feature. The top 5 channel presets for some of Sirius' personalities. Check out Lisa Marie Presley's Top 5.

Any surprise about her #1 preset?? I don't think so!

Harness Racing Coming To Sirius

Harness Racing has found its way onto the satellite radio waves, as Harness Racing Communications will have a show every Saturday on Sirius Satellite radio.

Down The Stretch will air every Saturday, at 10 a.m. EST. The first 30 minutes of every show will exclusively be devoted to harness racing.

The two hour show will be hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley and is available on Sirius Channel 125.

Guests on the first week's show will include Sam McKee and Stan Bergstein.

"We believe we are giving harness racing what it deserves, a quality radio program available throughout the U.S. and Canada to Sirius subscribers," said Ed Pappas, the show's producer.

"Sirius is a great network and the people there understand that harness racing has a large and very loyal following. We hope this is just the beginning. We are hoping to broadcast several major harness races live throughout the year. This should be a win-win for everyone."

Introducing Satellite Radio TechWorld

Some die hard XM and SIRIUS fans and stockholders have gone through the trouble and hassle of the slow FCC website looking for clues of new radios and hardware. Anything with an FM Transmitter will need to be certified by the FCC. Some have spent hours and hours searching for recently approved equipment. now has that covered, at least for now.

It gives some insight onto things that haven't been announced and the general move towards innovations that SIRIUS and XM have not gone public with quite yet.

Kenworth Adding SIRIUS in Select Models

Kenworth Truck Company will be including SIRIUS Satellite Radio on select Kenworth Class 8 truck models with the VIT sleeper interior.

Kenworth will use SIRIUS' DEA300 SIRIUS/AM/FM/CD radio - the first all-in-one integrated radio available as factory installed in the commercial vehicle market. This is also the same unit the Peterbilt Truck line will use.

SIRIUS is also available as a regular factory-installed option on all Kenworth Class 8 models in non-VIT sleeper and day cab configurations.

As a special incentive Kenworth customers will receive three months of free service

It's Official - FCC Issues New Grants of Authority for SIRIUS Radios

We reported it here yesterday and now Sirius has made it official this morning.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that one of its radio manufacturers has resumed manufacturing and distribution of SIRIUS branded radios with FM transmitters. Radio manufacturer, Kiryung Electronics Co. Ltd. (KRI), received new grants of authority from the FCC for the Xact Visor, SIRIUS One and Sportster Replay radios. The grants were issued after the FCC's laboratory confirmed that the devices were compliant with applicable FCC rules. KRI also continues to manufacture the SIRIUS Sportster 4.

John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting Visits The Pulse

Don't miss John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting when he hangs out in the studio with The Pulse's Jim Ryan! This Friday, they'll play tracks from John's new CD Two Lights, and talk about how his kids figure into his music, and why his hit "Superman" wasn't in the new movie!

Friday Aug. 11th @ 11 am ET on The Pulse Ch. 9

Rebroadcast: Mon., Aug. 14th @ 8 am ET
Thurs., Aug.17th @ 10 am ET.

Some of Their Favorite Channels

If you haven't checked out recently then you've missed this cool new addition to the site. Sirius takes some of their personalities and lists their favorite 5 stations. Check out Kenny Smith's...

Bouncing Souls Take Over Faction

On Friday the Bouncing Souls take a break from their busy summer on the Vans Warped Tour to take over Faction. Tune in to hear them pick some tunes, talk some trash, and tell the hilarious and heart-warming stories behind their brand-new CD, The Gold Record.

Check it out Friday Aug. 11th @ 7:00pm (ET) on Faction Ch. 28
Rebroadcast: Saturday Aug. 12th @ 1 am (ET)

Paul van Dyk Weekly Show on Area 33

Paul van Dyk, will launch his own weekly show called Paul van Dyk’s Vonyc Sessions, on August 31. On August 25, SIRIUS will also broadcast concerts by van Dyk from New York’s Central Park.

Paul van Dyk, a native of Germany, is currently ranked the world’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine. His new SIRIUS show, Paul van Dyk’s Vonyc Sessions, will launch on August 31 and will be heard each Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm ET on SIRIUS’ commercial-free trance and progressive house music channel, Area 33 (channel 33). Each week’s program will be re-broadcast on Saturdays from 8 to 10 pm ET, and Tuesdays from 12 midnight to 2 am ET.

On August 25, SIRIUS will broadcast van Dyk’s concerts taking place August 18 and 19 in Central Park, New York City, as part of a special ten-hour broadcast on Area 33, Paul van Dyk Live at Central Park NYC. van Dyk’s Central Park shows will be special live performances using laptop computers, studio software and real-time remixing, enhanced with additional keyboards, sequencers and a drummer.

Said van Dyk, “I am thrilled to be joining SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Area 33. Broadcasting my live appearance at Central Park is the perfect way to kick off this new endeavor and I’m excited to have the SIRIUS listeners enjoy such an exciting event.”

Paul van Dyk received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his 2003 original album Reflections. Top-charting singles van Dyk has produced include “Nothing But You,” “Crush,” “Connected” and “The Other Side.” Earlier this year, he won four International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs) for his latest compilation The Politics of Dancing 2 at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

SIRIUS Radios to begin shipping after FCC Concerns

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The SIRIUS Radios which have been halted in the shipping channel will soon be shipping again. The most popular radios which have had a hiatus in the importing channel have been the S50, Starmate Replay, and Sportster Replay.

Orbitcast has reported that the SIRIUS Radios should be shipping soon, as well as SSG

SIRI Analysis

An interesting article from MSN Money.

Profits in the market are made by acquiring shares of quality companies with superior growth prospects at discounted prices. If that doesn't define Sirius Satellite Radio I don't know what does. Poor market sentiment is artificially deflating the price of Sirius and that creates opportunity for you.

Don't miss out on owning what I view to be one of the better long-term growth stories of this millennium.

To check out the whole article Click Here

New Sirius Patriot Lineup

A new programming lineup on SIRIUS Patriot starts today, including the debut of The Andrew Wilkow Show.

33-year old Andrew Wilkow will now join SIRIUS Patriot and bring his contemporary approach to conservative talk radio to this national and growing audience.

“Now is the time for a new school of conservative voices with a whole new style and passion, which is what my show is all about. On the SIRIUS airwaves I will be able to take that style and passion nationwide. I am honored to be given this opportunity.” said Andrew Wilkow.

Check out Sirius Patriot Ch. 144 for the new schedule.

New Ford Mustang Hitting The Road

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Ford Motor Co. product specialist, is driving the new model Mustang around the country in a 68-city road tour as part of Ford's "Take Back the American Road" promotional blitz to increase sales.

"Today's auto marketplace is more competitive than ever before," Lincoln Hill said in a news release. "We've gone from 'The Big Three' to 'The Big Six' carmakers and it's a global dogfight."

The new Mustang sports an eye-popping bright orange color and includes new features such as heated front seats, SIRIUS radio and a DVD-based navigation system.

In other cities on the tour, Ford will roll out more updated vehicles, such as a 2007 ethanol-powered F-150 pickup.

Getting Late With LA Comics...

Getting Late with... LA Comics
Tonight - Larry The Cable Guy
11:15 pm ET on Raw Dog Ch. 104

All week, Sirius is getting late with LA comedians. Today they talk with Larry the Cable Guy, who they're including because he's GONE HOLLYWOOD. First, he already has a favorite imported bottled water. Second, today Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector comes out on DVD.

Check out the show on Raw Dog Ch. 104 tonight at 11:15pm (ET).

Elvis Week Starts Today

If you can't be at Graceland for Elvis Week, Elvis Radio has the next best thing: live reports from all of the Elvis Week events, including the Candlelight Vigil on August 15. They'll also be playing The Best Of The '68 Comeback and other great concert performances, and they'll have exclusive interviews with June Juanico (Elvis' girlfriend from the summer of 1956) and Bernard Lansky (Elvis' clothier), among others. Check the Elvis Radio Ch. 13 page for all of the programming!

Here is a brief overview...

-Elvis and the Ladies
Tonight 9:00 pm ET
Hear an encore presentation of music and conversation with Elvis’ high school girlfriend and leading ladies, Celeste Yarnall, Cynthia Pepper, Sandy Martindale and Dixie Locke.

-The Best of the ’68 Comeback with Jerry and Joe
Wed 8/9 9:00 pm ET
Two of Elvis’ close associates, Jerry Schilling and Joe Esposito join us in the studio and present The Best of the 1968 Comeback.

-Guest DJ: June Juanico
Thurs 8/10 5:00 pm ET
June Juanico, Elvis’ girlfriend 50 years ago during the summer of ’56, guest DJs at the Elvis Radio Studios, playing some of her favorite Elvis tunes.

-George Klein’s Christmas Graceland Memories
Thurs 8/10 9:00 pm ET
Celebrate Christmas in August with an encore presentation of George Klein's Christmas Graceland Memories from December 2005.

-Guest DJ: Victoria Paige-Meyerink
Fri 8/11 10:00 am ET
Victoria Paige-Meyerink, co-star with Elvis and Nancy Sinatra in Speedway, shares her memories of "The King" with us as she guest DJs on Elvis Radio.

-Elvis Live In Concert: Elvis Live In Concert One Night in Vegas
Fri 8/11 8:00 pm ET
This week's Elvis Live In Concert is One Night in Vegas; recorded live at The International Hotel August 10, 1970. (Some of the tracks were recorded at the August 4, 1970 at a rehearsal in the Hotel's convention room).

Rebroadcasts: Sun., Aug. 13th @ 12:01 am & 10 pm ET.

Check out the Elvis Radio Page Ch. 13 for the special programs running all week long!

Volvo to Offer Factory Installed SIRIUS Satellite Radio later this Summer

Volvo and SIRIUS Announced today that later this Summer some Volvo models will have the Factory Installed option of SIRIUS Satellite radio for $295 with 6 months of free service.

It will be offered in the 2007 Model Year with the Following Models.

-Volvo S40
-Volvo V50
-Volvo C70
-Volvo S80

Phil Collins Guest Hosts on Starlite

Monday, August 07, 2006

Musician and Composer Phil Collins will be the guest host on Starlite Ch. 2.

Collins will play his favorite pop songs, including songs from the Tarzan cast recording.

Tune in Tuesday, August 8th @ 5pm ET.

Rebroadcasts -Fri., Aug. 11th at 12pm ET;
Sunday, August 13th at 10pm ET.

Vintage Mick Jagger Interview

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Rolling Stones Fans!

It’s a Rolling Stones Radio exclusive! Hear a rare, vintage interview with Mick Jagger from 1971 done by legendary DJ Tom Donahue. Mick chats with Tom about all sorts of things that were on his mind at the time; like touring, founding Rolling Stones Records and much more.

Monday @ 9am ET on Rolling Stones Radio Ch. 98

Rebroadcast: Tues. Aug. 8th @ 10 pm ET; Weds., Aug. 9th @ 12 pm ET; Thurs., Aug. 10th @ 4 pm ET.

Check Out Beatles Foursome on Classic Vinyl

With so much amazing programming on Sirius, sometimes special programming slips by...

Did you know?

SIRIUS host and Beatles expert Dennis Elsas can't just "Let It Be" with only one, two or three songs Beatle songs. Every weekday, Dennis will take you down "The Long and Winding Road," with four songs in a row from the Fab Four, only on Classic Vinyl.

Monday - Friday 9 am ET on Classic Vinyl Ch. 14

Radio Margaritaville Going Strong

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The one and only Jimmy Buffett is on the "Party At the End of the World Tour" and SIRIUS is bringing that party straight to you: EVERY concert on the tour will air LIVE on Radio Margaritaville! Yep, every one of Jimmy's concerts can be the soundtrack to your backyard bash… or your escape from reality! Just add margaritas, some cheeseburgers, your best mates, and escape to a live Margaritaville party with Jimmy Buffett.

Upcoming Shows:
Check out the Tour when it stops in Chicago, IL - Tonight @ 8:30pm ET
Then listen as the tour stops in Noblesville, IN - Tuesday 8/8 @ 7:30pm ET

All on Radio Margaritaville Ch. 31

Taylor Dayne Hosts Random Access on Big 80's

Friday, August 04, 2006

Taylor Dayne had quite a few hits of her own in the '80s; now she's playing some of her faves from the decade of excess. Taylor, with help from the Big '80s Commodore Computer, will be on Sirius from August 7th-August 11th playing her favorite music, as she hosts Random Access. The show airs from 12pm - 1pm (ET) next week.

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