SIRIUS Stiletto 100 Now Available!

Friday, September 29, 2006


SIRIUS Stiletto 100 is now available in certain store locations!


The Stiletto 100 is SIRIUS' first true Live Portable Receiver. The Stiletto makes it possible to listen to live and recorded SIRIUS Satellite Radio almost anywhere. The Stiletto has the ability to record up to 100 hours of SIRIUS Satellite Radio programming.

The Stiletto is the first SIRIUS Satellite Radio to feature Wi-Fi. With the new Wi-Fi feature, you will be able to listen SIRIUS inside any building were there is an accessible Wi-Fi connection . This groundbreaking technology will expand the coverage of listening to many buildings that reception was previously unavailable and even places outside the continent.


If you haven't pre-ordered a SIRIUS Stiletto 100 yet or don't live in an area where it is now available, you can still pre-order the SIRIUS Stiletto 100 over at TSS-Radio.

SIRIUS to Dedicate Channel to George Strait

Thursday, September 28, 2006



Hot on the heels of the Who's new SIRIUS Channel, SIRIUS Satellite Radio has announced that they will be dedicating Channel 61 "Prime Country" to Country Music Legend George Strait. From 6pm ET Friday, September 29 to Monday, October 3rd. The channel will feature classic songs from the artist 20 plus year catalog along with songs from Strait's new album, "It Just Comes Natural" due out October 3rd. The Channel will also feature excerpts from exclusive interviews and rare live cuts.

SIRIUS Unleashes New Premium Internet Stream

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It is a great day for anyone who has been listening to SIRIUS Satellite Radio online. SIRIUS has unleashed a new higher bandwidth (129K)Premium Streaming Option. So is it worth it? After comparing both the old and new streams (both are still available to accommodate high and low bandwidth connections), I have to say that it is like night and day. The older lower bandwidth stream sounds like a streaming MP3 while the new Premium Stream sounds almost CD quality! The new Premium option could be the best sounding SIRIUS broadcast I have ever heard.

SIRIUS Internet Radio is HERE

Monday, September 25, 2006

SIRIUS Internet Radio launched today!

$12.95/month gets you an online account for non-subscribers.
If you are a SIRIUS sub take your pick....

Add an additional SIRIUS Internet Radio subscription for $6.99 a month.
OR
Upgrade your current account to high-bandwidth (129K) streaming for $2.99/month.

You also get more stations, like SIRIUS Stars, NFL Radio, Playboy radio, and more..

Get it today... HERE

Mainelli Canned Over False Stern Article

Friday, September 22, 2006


Radaronlinehas the story as well as SSG
and a discussion of it at SIRIUS Backstage.

For an excellent discussion of this topic look to BuzzMachine

Live From St. Patrick's Cathedral is SIRIUS' Catholic Channel

Thursday, September 21, 2006


The Archdiocese of New York and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that The Catholic Channel will debut Tuesday, September 26th exclusively on SIRIUS channel 159. The lifestyle radio channel will air nationally 7 days a week/24 hours a day, and will feature contemporary talk and live daily Mass from Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

24-Hour Catholic Radio Network to Air on Channel 159 Will Feature Exclusive Participation of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Call-in Talk Shows, and Notre Dame Football

The Who is now on!


For those eagerly waiting for The Who on SIRIUS, it's now available. On Channel 10.

The limited-run channel will feature five decades of music by The Who, including rare tracks and live cuts, and SIRIUS-exclusive interviews with band members. Also featured will be nightly broadcasts of concerts on the band's current tour of the US and Canada , featuring commentary and backstage reports hosted by musician Rachel Fuller.

SIRIUS will also broadcast selected shows from The Who's massive archives, including some never before-heard shows and backstage conversations with the band, some with the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

Said The Who's Pete Townshend, “This is the most exciting thing I can imagine – our own radio channel, straight to our fans. I'm completely revved about this. Who's serious about SIRIUS? You bet.”

Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Sports and Entertainment, said, “The band that revolutionized rock and roll as we know it will continue to make history by partnering with SIRIUS Satellite Radio for this groundbreaking channel. Our subscribers will be connected to all aspects of the band with an ‘all access' pass granted to them by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in a unique and unprecedented way, including, with the advent of technology, the return of Keith Moon and John Entwistle.”

The pioneering British rock band has reached a new level in its storied career. Endless Wire , The Who's first studio album in 24 years, will be released by Universal on October 31. The 19-track album features extended versions of the various sections that formed their Wire & Glass mini-opera (released in July 2006) as well as exploring other themes from Pete Townshend's novella, The Boy Who Heard Music.

Surviving original Who band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are joined by bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey, guitarist Simon Townshend and keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick on the new album as well as in their live performances. The Who launched their first world tour in more than 20 years on September 12 in Philadelphia , PA. More tour and ticket info is available at www.thewhotour.com.

Where did the Stiletto Go?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006



Where did the Stiletto? Perhaps this is one explanation....at the very least, thanks to TSS-Radio for helping us occupy ourselves as we wait...Click here to watch.

Artie Lange's Beer League Now Playing In Select Theaters!

Friday, September 15, 2006


"Artie Lange's Beer League" is now playing in select Philadelphia/New York/Cleveland area theaters!

If you live in an area which it's being played, please go out and see it this weekend because if it makes over a million dollars in the selected theaters this weekend it will open nationwide in October.
So make sure if you live anywhere near an area it's being played please go see it.

SIRIUS Any NFL Game Anywhere Sweepstakes


Win the SIRIUS Any NFL Game Anywhere Sweepstakes and you and a companion will be on your way to one NFL game of your choice every week, all season long. You will receive two tickets to the game, round trip air travel on Southwest Airlines, proud sponsor of the NFL, and deluxe hotel accommodations for you and one guest to 17 regular season NFL games, one each week throughout the 2007 season.

Fifty first place winners will receive a $100 Reebok.com Gift Card from Reebok, the Official Outfitter of the NFL, for their favorite team’s sideline apparel.

SIRIUS NFL Sunday Drive gives you every game, every week, everywhere while SIRIUS NFL Radio provides commentary and in-depth analysis from the experts 24/7/365.

Click HERE for rules and how to enter.

Jackass Special on SIRIUS Faction 28


'Jackass Special' Friday, 9/22 at 7:00 pm ET on SIRIUS Faction 28.

After months of rumors and speculation, Jackass 2 is here. In honor of the occasion, Faction presents an all-star edition of Hostile Takeover. Bam, Ryan Dunn, Dico, Wee-Man, Steve O, and who knows who else – picking all the tunes while talking about the dumbest and most death-defying moments from the making of the movie.

Rebroadcast Saturday, 9/23 at 1 am ET.

See Jackass Number Two At Bam's House


Enter to win a chance to see 'jackass number two'... at Bam's house.

Here’s your chance for you and your dumb little buddy to watch a screening of Jackass Number 2 at Castle Bam! (Bam Margera’s house) We will fly you and you guest to West Chester, PA, set you up with 2-nights hotel and round trip transportation from the hotel to the screening at Bam’s house.

Brought to you by SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Click HERE for rules and how to enter.

Steve O Hosts Hosts Hostile Takeover


Steve O Hosts Hosts Hostile Takeover Friday, 9/15 at 7:00 pm ET, replay tomorrow, 9/16 at 1:00 am ET.

Jackass 2 – one of the most anticipated movies of the year – is one week away, and Friday night, Faction passes the microphone to perhaps the biggest jackass of them all. Steve O + 100% commercial-free uncensored radio = a Hostile Takeover not to be missed. Emergency medical personnel will be standing by, and so should you.

Win Tickets To See The Who From SIRUS


The Who are embarking on their first world tour in over 20 years and SIRIUS has got your tickets.

But they’re not just ANY tickets. We’ve scored a pair of tickets in either the third, fourth or fifth row at each venue. All you have to do is pick the show you’d like to see and click HERE.

'The Who Channel' to Launch September 21


SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced yesterday that it will launch a commercial-free music channel dedicated to legendary rock band The Who. The company made the announcement during a press event attended by all current members of The Who at SIRIUS' New York City headquarters.

The Who Channel will debut on SIRIUS on Thursday, September 21 on channel 10. The limited-run channel will feature five decades of music by The Who, including rare tracks and live cuts, and SIRIUS-exclusive interviews with band members. Also featured will be nightly broadcasts of concerts on the band's current tour of the US and Canada, featuring commentary and backstage reports hosted by musician Rachel Fuller.

SIRIUS will also broadcast selected shows from The Who's massive archives, including some never before-heard shows and backstage conversations with the band, some with the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

Said The Who's Pete Townshend, "This is the most exciting thing I can imagine -- our own radio channel, straight to our fans. I'm completely revved about this. Who's serious about SIRIUS? You bet."

Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Sports and Entertainment, said, "The band that revolutionized rock and roll as we know it will continue to make history by partnering with SIRIUS Satellite Radio for this groundbreaking channel. Our subscribers will be connected to all aspects of the band with an 'all access' pass granted to them by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in a unique and unprecedented way, including, with the advent of technology, the return of Keith Moon and John Entwistle."

The pioneering British rock band has reached a new level in its storied career. Endless Wire, The Who's first studio album in 24 years, will be released by Universal on October 31. The 19-track album features extended versions of the various sections that formed their Wire & Glass mini-opera (released in July 2006) as well as exploring other themes from Pete Townshend's novella, The Boy Who Heard Music.

Surviving original Who band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are joined by bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey, guitarist Simon Townshend and keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick on the new album as well as in their live performances. The Who launched their first world tour in more than 20 years on September 12 in Philadelphia, PA. More tour and ticket info is available at http://www.thewhotour.com.

S&P Raises SIRIUS Rating Outlook

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

S&P's outlook for SIRIUS was recently raised. It is still rated at CCC and the bonds still have a 9.722% current yield. The bond rating is important because the outstanding bonds are callable, which means that SIRIUS can redeem them whenever they want. In the case that SIRIUS continues it's financial progress and is eventually upgraded above a CCC it will be able to borrow at a lower rate (B ratings can typically borrow at 6.5% right now), which it would do and then use the proceeds of that bond issue to pay down the existing (expensive) bonds. Doing so would save them $40M+ / year in interest costs.

"Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its outlook on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., citing the company's growing subscription base.

Last month, Sirius said it added 600,460 net subscribers in the second quarter, for a total of 4.68 million subscribers as of June 30. The company also raised its annual forecast to 6.3 million subscribers, up from its previous forecast of 6.2 million.

Standard & Poor's also affirmed Sirius's "CCC" rating on its corporate debt. "CCC," known as "junk" grade debt, indicates a high risk of default. The Manhattan-based satellite radio provider had about $1.1 billion in outstanding debt as of June 30."

Howard Stern Media Player.. by VU Network?!?!

You can now download a Howard Stern Media player at Howardstern.com...

When you get this player you will get a thank you email from "Your UVU Media Team"
with a link to http://www.uvu.com/

We do not know much about UVU... but they are working with SIRIUS Streaming Audio...

Hmmm?!?!??!

Howard TV Airs September 11 and September 12 Shows.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Howard TV has put up two new Episodes for their subscribers to watch. The Original September 11, 2001 episode and the September 12, 2001 episode. The Howard Stern Show was one of the only Radio Programs to go on after the attacks that was not directly news.

If you have Charter Cable you are now able to subscribe to the $13.99 a month Howard TV Service, separate from SIRIUS. Charter has over 5.5 million subscribers and will be broadening the Howard TV service which also expands exposure for Sirius.

Stiletto Gone?

Friday, September 08, 2006


Wow! I just hit the front page of TSS-Radio and there was no Stiletto...

Checked Circuit City and Crutchfield...Crutchfield still had it up but Circuit City had taken it down.

Crutchfield had it down about an hour later.

Some of the other, smaller, shops like dogstarradios and jji electronics still have it up, but I am guessing that is just because they aren't as plugged in.

Something is afoot...we have no idea what...

The All Request Top 10

The Top Ten Howard Stern Show Moments from the All Request Labor Day Weekend (as voted on by the fans).


10.) Fred’s bachelor party and 911 call
9.) The Debella Funeral
8.) Jesus Twins interview and performance
7.) Hank the Angry Dwarf
6.) Stuttering John vs. Cabbie
5.) The Gary Tape
4.) High Pitch Eric and the Fish show
3.) Billy West as Marge Schott apologizing during Christmas
2.) Artie’s 'Cocaine in a pig suit' story
1.) Cookie Puss

The Howard Stern All-Time Top Ten Moments, Now Uncensored, to Be Hosted by Donald Trump Today!


The All Request Top Ten will be announced in a special broadcast today, September 8th at 12:00 pm ET on SIRIUS, channel 100.

Donald Trump, TV star, real estate tycoon and longtime friend of The Howard Stern Show, will introduce the all-time top ten uncensored Howard Stern moments, as voted by fans from Stern's classic material of the last 20 years. The classic moments began airing over the Labor Day weekend. SIRIUS subscribers heard incredible Stern moments, phony phone calls, live musical performances, celebrity interviews, song parodies, and more. They include: Fred's bachelor party, AJ Benza fighting with Stuttering John, Cookie Puss, Billy West as Marge Schott, Jesus Twins interviews and performances, Hank the Angry Dwarf, live performances by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters, Staind, and Green Day, The Homeless Brady Brunch, and classic Dial-a-Date.

Wee Man Hosts Hosts Hostile Takeover


As buzz builds for the upcoming Jackass 2 release, Faction opens its doors to Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna. You've seen him kick himself in the head and absorb endless varieties of abuse on TV and in the movies – now tune in to experience a softer, more soulful side of Wee-Man, as he takes control of SIRIUS 28. His playlist, his show: Hostile Takeover.

Rebroadcast: Sat., Sept. 9th @ 1 am ET.

Howard Stern Questions Reporter 'Mattew Flamm' About His Negative Article

Credit to MarksFriggin.com for synopsis.

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" Howard had the reporter on the line who wrote the article he was talking about earlier. Matthew writes for Crains. Howard asked him where he gets his statistics from because they're talking about having over 6 million subscribers at the end of this year. He asked Matthew how he can paint him to be a total failure when SIRIUS has turned around and is now outselling XM radios. They've flipped over the stats since before he started there from XM having 60 percent of the market to SIRIUS having that much of the market.

Howard said he thinks that he is the major factor in SIRIUS' turn around but Matthew doesn't think that he's brought in all of those listeners. He thinks that Howard has promoted the service like crazy but he didn't bring in those 4 million subscribers who have come on since he signed on. Howard wondered where he gets the statistics from. Matthew said he got them from an analyst who said it's more like 1 million, not 4 million.

Matthew said he asked around inside SIRIUS and he was told that Howard brought in about 1.5 million subscribers. Howard said that's quite a jump from the one million he quoted in the article. Howard asked him to explain how, on the retail level, that XM has lost a third of the market and SIRIUS has gained all of that. Matthew said that he did credit Howard for that turn around but Howard didn't think he did.

Howard told Matthew that just because SIRIUS doesn't give out his numbers, it doesn't mean they're bad. Matthew said that from what he's been told, that's the number he got. It doesn't mean that his pull isn't stronger than that.

Howard said that he thinks that there is way more people out there signing up for SIRIUS because of him than what the analysts are saying. Matthew said that he was basically saying that since he moved to satellite, he's starting over again and he has to go out and make some noise to get more attention for himself. Howard said he thinks that he has already made the noise by moving to satellite.

Matthew thinks that Howard may have to go out and do more things to get attention. Howard said that maybe he does but he's actually cut back on the amount of publicity he was going to do because the radios are selling themselves. Howard let Matthew go a short time later and thanked him for calling in."

Stern's Vanishing Act???

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Crain's reported that Stern has lost cultural influence, having reduced his listener base from 12M to 1M since his move to SIRIUS.

"Howard was on the front burner," says Mark Lefkowitz, media director at Furman Roth Advertising. "He's not anymore."

Fighting words from Anthony-

"He bought his own hype, thinking everyone would follow him to Sirius," says rival host Anthony Cumia of Opie & Anthony. The duo recently took over Mr. Stern's old slot at WXRK--now Free FM--while continuing to do their show on XM Satellite Radio.


Stern is a scrapper, he isn't happy unless he is fighting and creating. Sure, he could have rested on his laurels but with SIRIUS he has the chance to be a central character in building something new, which is a lot more risky but at least provides a challenge. SIRIUS isn't a perfect platform - the technology isn't as cutting-edge as it was a few years ago, it is losing a lot of money and it provides a much smaller audience than terrestrial radio (and the internet); but it has a LOT of potential and is already revolutionizing the way that we think about radio and music.

And maybe Stern didn't like being defined by his conflict with the stupid rules set by the FCC...

BusinessWeek - A SIRIUS Stab at XM


BusinessWeek is catching on to the Stiletto hype with an article today. Nothing that you haven't seen here before, but here are the highlights:

* A comparably priced XM portable also has a built-in antenna, but stores only half as much content. Stiletto also has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, letting users download content from the Web at cafés and airports

* Inclusion of Wi-Fi in the Stiletto puts Sirius at the front of a pack of electronics makers expected to feature the wireless broadband connectivity in devices in coming months

* "Sirius has not just caught up with XM but raised the bar," says Frank Viquez, an analyst with consultancy ABI Research.

* In May, XM lowered its full-year subscriber forecast to 8.5 million, from 9 million, citing softness in the industry. But in August, Sirius did the opposite, increasing its 2006 subscriber forecast to 6.3 million.

* With Stiletto holiday sales ramping up, and with 2007 car models with Sirius radios rolled out, Viquez believes that Sirius could reach 50% market share as early as the first quarter of next year. By yearend, Sirius expects to control about 42% of the market, where XM will hold 58% shar

No Bluetooth in Stiletto


Wired reported that the Stiletto has Bluetooth. We have learned from a reliable source that the Stiletto does not have Bluetooth.

Note - Looks like Wired caught the mistake

First Stiletto Video

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


We got scooped by both Satellite Standard and by SlashGear - SIRIUS has released a new video of the Stiletto.

Like the pictures from earlier today, the Stiletto video showed up first at TSS-Radio.com - click HERE to watch it...

I couldn't be any more excited about this product, this is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time...

New Stiletto Pictures


The staff over at TSS Radio got some nice looking new images of Sirius' new portable the Sirius Stiletto.

There are more photos where this came from, and you can view them at by visiting TSS Radio directly (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the images to make them popup big).

Pre-orders of the Stiletto are coming in fast, if it is at all like the S50 last year you will want to reserve yours soon.

TSS Radio is accepting e-mail reservations for the StilettoHere.

The Donald Hosts Howard Stern Top 10


via Orbitcast

Longtime friend of The Howard Stern Show, Donald Trump, will introduce the all-time top ten uncensored Howard Stern moments, as voted by fans from Stern's classic material of the last 20 years.

The classic Stern moments began airing over the Labor Day weekend, and listeners can vote for their favorite moments until 10:00 am ET on Friday, September 8th.

Howard Stern's All Request Top Ten will be announced in a special broadcast this Friday, September 8th at 12pm ET on Howard 100.

Satellite Radio Set to Soar


An interesting article on Forbes.com today. If you are interested in the satellite radio sector and the stocks of both Sirius and XM then it is worth the read...

Satellite Radio Set To Soar
Joan Lappin, Gramercy Capital Management 09.06.06, 3:00 PM ET


Thus far, 2006 has been a particularly unhappy one for shareholders of both satellite radio competitors, but I expect that to change shortly.

Both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio peaked in December 2004: XMSR at just above $40 and Sirius at $9.43, just as it announced that Howard Stern would be leaving CBS to join Sirius a year later, in January 2006. By comparison, XMSR is now at about $12.50, and Sirius trades near $4.15. When the stocks were peaking, the industry had 4 million total subscribers. By December 2006 that number should exceed 14 million.

XM took a strong, early lead over Sirius in the number of subscribers it garnered. It had a strong alliance with General Motors, and its product worked properly sooner. XM made a deal with Major League Baseball to broadcast all of its games and offered extensive commercial free music programming. Its brand recognition was superior, and by the end of 2004 it had signed up 3.3 million customers, versus only 1.1 million for Sirius.

Sirius was raging out of control for years. It used its stock to do a deal, any deal, so it now has an outrageous 1.4 billion share base. It paid too much for everything it acquired: Howard Stern, National Football League games, even its former top management. Although it was first-to-concept for satellite radio, it picked the wrong suppliers and lost its early advantage because its system just didn’t work. Time healed that problem, but not before the early adopters bought XM units.

To read the rest of the article click HERE

Whoop! Another satellite...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sometimes I get so used to the ease by which my SIRIUS setup works that I forget that there is a lot of wicked science behind it.

I just got reminded...

SIRIUS is launching a new satellite, this time a geostationary one. SatelliteRadioTechWorld dug up this cool tidbit from an FCC filing. Be sure to check out the main article, but in the meantime, here is a synopsis:


    • Sirius hereby requests authority to launch and operate Sirius FM-5, a geostationary satellite, to provide satellite digital audio radio services to our subscribers and to Sirius Canada's subscribers in the 48 contiguous states and Canada
    • The satellite will be compatible with current and next generation radios
    • Only two of the four satellites will be used at any given time. All four will be used
    • The geostationary satellite as well as their present satellites will use an "overlay modulation" technique, which will add an additional 1.35 Mb/s throughput
    • FM-5 can operate as a true "hot spare" to backup all other satellites
    • Construction begins 4Q2008



    All this translates into increased reliability and a 30% increase in bandwith. SatelliteRadioTechWorld speculates that the extra bandwith could be necessary for the rumored upcoming SIRIUS video.

  • Save SIRIUS songs as MP3s? Yes.

    We had reported on the SiriusConnect Home Tuner earlier this year. The SiriusConnect Home is a little device that can plug into a home stereo system to allow you to play and control your SIRIUS content through your home stereo.

    Unlike the SIRIUS Conductor, the SiriusConnect Home (SCH1) must be used with a SiriusConnect compatible stereo system.

    In January we had reported that Thomson had announced the first SiriusConnect Home-compatible device, the RCA RS2100 Bookshelf Audio System with "Rip & Go" Functionality, but we hadn't heard much about this device in a while.

    That's why we were intrigued when we saw a review of the RCA Home Connect system at the TSS-Radio Blog. Let me be the first to say, this product is much cooler than I thought it would be.

    Be sure to read the full review but here are some highlights:


    • The RCA system is a small bookshelf system that is only slightly larger than a large boombox. The main unit and speakers are separate, so the speakers can be placed apart to improve the stereo image
    • Next I set up the SIRIUS Home Connect, which was also very simple. It required connecting a single 8 pin cable between the stereo and Home Connect, connecting the SIRIUS antenna, and then plugging it the AC power. The one trick in this setup is that if you only connect the 8 pin cable, you will not be able to record SIRIUS content. You will need to connect either the RCA or optical audio outputs to you recorder. In the case of the RCA unit I tested, you need to connect the audio to the auxiliary inputs to be able to record SIRIUS
    • The bass boost was overkill for most styles of music besides Hip Hop and R&B were it really added some ommpp to the bass. While listening to rock, jazz or classical it was just to muddy with the bass boost on, but without the boost it sounded great
    • The big selling point for the RS2058 besides the SIRIUS Ready feature is the included MP3 Player. The top of the main section of the unit has a cut out with a USB port where the MP3 player rests while docked


    With this setup, you can record whatever you want on SIRIUS and then save it as an MP3 to the harddrive of your computer. That's pretty damn cool.

    As far as I know, TSS-Radio is the only company selling the RCA RS2058 Rip and Go SIRIUS-Ready Home Stereo System ($199) and the Sirius Home Connect Tuner ($49). Both are available together as a package for $239 with free shipping here.


    Click here to get an idea of how easy the Home Connect install is...

    Stiletto Available for Pre-Order


    Wired is reporting that the Sirius Stiletto 100 is available for pre-order now at TSS-Radio and Crutchfield.

    This is pretty exciting. I doubt SIRIUS would let these stores take pre-orders if they thought that the Stiletto was going to slip past the end of September.

    The Wired article also supposes that SIRIUS will become more focused on the internet as a means of distributing audio:

    "
    It looks like Sirius is starting to agree with me that the internet is better than satellites for distributing audio, even though it's not everywhere (yet). As Wi-Fi and other wireless internet technologies become more widely available, I think those Sirius (and XM) satellites are going to look like a tremendous waste of money. The costs of those satellites, of course, get passed on partially to Stern's fans, many of whom have balked at paying for what they used to get for free.
    "

    Unfortunately the internet isn't that well-suited to broadcast formats (where pre-set content is received by a wide audience), since it was designed as a means of point-point communication. However, such technical obstacles will eventually become moot as the amount of bandwith increases. I sure do wish that he is right and WiFi/Wireless internet will be available soon on a more widespread basis. It kills me every time I have to pay Starbucks $10 to use their wireless for a few hours.

    Source: YAHOO! to provide SIRIUS internet radio and download service

    Monday, September 04, 2006

    GSI has been tipped off that YAHOO! will be the digital download service for SIRIUS, and will be the point of sale provider for SIRIUS subscribers to buy song. Also we are told that YAHOO internet radio will be the backbone for the upcoming SIRIUS internet radio. Please note that this info is from an anonymous tip, but we believe that this rumor has some merit. This rumor has been around for some time, but GSI has talked with some insiders and it sounds like it might just happen, and soon...

    Sportster 3 Re-Certified by FCC

    Friday, September 01, 2006


    Satellite Radio Tech World is reporting that the new Sportster 3 is now passed it's re-certification along with the SIRIUS One, Sportster Replayand Xact Visor.

    It seems the S50 is the only lone radio to not be re-certified. Hopefully it gets re-certified soon since many people are anxiously awaiting them and most of the Big Box stores and online stores are out of them.

    The Sportster 3 is the sister product of the Brix Streamer 3 we reported about here.

    MMMMMMM... SIRIUS Stiletto 100

    Once again Crutchfield has the stock photos of a new SIRIUS unit.. This time it is the Stiletto 100...
    Here it is in the car dock station:See more here

    BloggingStocks on Sirius and Stern

    BloggingStocks just wrote an article entitled "Can Howard Stern rescue Sirius, or can a merger with XM Radio?"

    quote:
    "Then you have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on customer rebates to hit price points and marketing costs (like Stern) to drudge up a loyal fan base that will pony up $13 a month to help you pay all that debt off. That's apparently not happening fast enough, even with Stern's recruits onboard."

    This is just a fluff piece, there is no analysis or data, I'm not even sure why I'm bothering to post about this article, slow news day I guess...

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