Satellite Radio Comparisons

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Satellite radio comparisons between the two major providers, XM and Sirius, can be found all over the Internet. Both providers offer at least 50 commercial-free, genre-specific music channels, and dozens of news and entertainment stations. Both deliver digital-quality, crystal-clear, static-free sound. Both are competitively priced. How, then, do you make the decision as to which provider to choose?

Major Difference: Sports, NPR, and Pop Culture Kings

The primary differences are to be found in the arena of sports programming. XM holds broadcast rights to Major League Baseball. But Sirius has exclusive satellite broadcasting rights to all NFL, NBA, and NCAA sporting events. Another distinction is that only Sirius carries National Public Radio.

Plus, two major pop culture kings have recently signed with Sirius. Claiming he was tired of all the headaches of broadcast radio censorship, Howard Stern signed an exclusive five-year contract on Sirius. Rap star Eminem has his own Sirius channel, featuring the latest releases of the genre, as well as previously unreleased works of his own.

Of course, if you're buying a new car, your provider decision may already be have been made for you. XM has signed provider agreements with GM, Honda and Toyota. Sirius, on the other hand, has signed exclusive agreements with Ford, BMW, Mazda, Volvo, and Daimler-Chrysler--including their crown jewel, Mercedes-Benz.


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