Sirius Adds Some XM Channels Today
September 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM (PT)
OPRAH WINFREY, professional hockey and basketball games and other programming previously exclusive to XM SATELLITE RADIO can now be heard on SIRIUS' service, some two months after the controversial merger was completed, reports REUTERS. Similarly, SIRIUS says HOWARD STERN's channels are available on XM's system, as SIRIUS XM RADIO rolls out its "Best of..." feature.
Bringing together exclusive content was one of the chief benefits SIRIUS and XM proposed as their merger sought shareholder and regulatory approval.
Receiving the additional programing requires subscribers to upgrade to a plan that costs about $17 a month, compared to the typical $13-a-month plan.
"Now for the first time, you can add XM channels to your SIRIUS subscription," SIRIUS said on TUESDAY on its website www.sirius.com/bestofxm.
SIRIUS subscribers can also hear XM's "OPIE AND ANTHONY" shows, professional and college basketball games and other programing. XM's website also lists six "Best of SIRIUS" channels featuring STERN's programs, "MARTHA STEWART Living Radio" and professional racing and football talk stations.
The move is the first of several changes expected at SIRIUS during the first year after the merger, including the introduction of new programing packages and portable radios.