Sirius XM (Finally) Unveils Interoperable Receiver
January 8, 2009 at 5:47 AM (PT)
SIRIUS XM RADIO finally announces the pending release of an interoperable receiver capable of receiving both SIRIUS and XM signals. The new "MiRGE" receiver, to be priced at $249.99, will allow listeners to switch between SIRIUS and XM at a touch of a button. The receiver will also allow pausing, rewinding and replaying up to 60 minutes of programming. A new "SIRIUS Everything Plus XM Everything" package will cost $19.99 for all channels from both services.
"MiRGE is the first interoperable radio designed to receive 100% of SIRIUS' and XM's dynamic programming and is a major advancement in satellite radio technology," said Pres./Operations and Sales JIM MEYER. "SIRIUS XM RADIO delivers more value than ever, enabling subscribers to hear everything available without the need to buy multiple radios and pay two monthly subscriptions."
An interoperable radio was promised by SIRIUS and XM as one of the conditions for their licenses but did not materialize before the services merged. Many music channels were merged late in 2008, leaving the primary differences in the services the talk, sports, and specialty channels; each service offers a "best of" the other service, available for an extra fee on newer receivers.