XM To Offer Channels Online Exclusively
March 7, 2008 at 1:11 PM (PT)
XM SATELLITE RADIO has decided to end its online broadcasting relationship with AOL to offer the commercial-free channels exclusively on its own website,www.xmradio.com. The AOL deal ends MAY 1st; on MAY 30th, XM will offer over 80 commercial-free music channels -- as well as channels featuring OPRAH WINFERY, OPIE & ANTHONY, BOB DYLAN and BOB EDWARDS -- for just $2.99 a month for the first six months, and $7.99 a month thereafter.
"XM is committed to making our industry-leading content available to consumers in ways that fit their lifestyle, whether it's on the radio, web, through cell phones or podcasts," EVP/Chief Marketing Officer VERNON IRVIN said. "XM's presence on AOL Radio was a valuable way to introduce consumers to our service free of charge. We will continue to offer consumer free trials of XM RADIO ONLINE. We look forward to building our online subscription business and are confident XM RADIO ONLINE's new introductory rate along with new channels and features coming this spring will help us turn XM fans into subscribers."