Satelite Radio...What's the difference?


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I am thinking of getting satellite radio but I don't really know the difference between the 2 big names, Sirus and XM. What is the difference? Which one is better for music? If I buy the equipment from XM and want to go to Sirus in the future, is this possible? Help!!
This post was edited by Shannon on 12/14/2005 10:49 PM
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I am no expert... but I think the big difference is the channels that are available from each provider. Sirius and XM have different lineups and channels offered. There is also a different monthly servie fee. It appears that the receivers are sold specific to the provider (ie Sirius or XM receiver) and I am not sure if you can switch in the future.
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Cool, thanks for the tip...I am a little uneasy with buying one over the other since its still pretty new. I don't want to see it be the VCR vs. Betamax type of situation where one goes obsolete in the future and thats the one I randomly chose. If anyone has any other tips/suggestions/insight into this, please let me know!
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I have been involved with radio installations from Delphi. The XM and sirius are two different systems. Delphi will soon be offering integrated XM and Sirius satelite radios. (Currently we have a deluxe radio that works with an external optional satellite reciever and antenna. The receiver is similar to a cigar box in size.) These new integrated radios use a conventional AM/FM antenna as well as a satellite antenna for use with the radio.
For the aftermarket with either product, you can get a satellite reciever and antenna which is much more compact and portable. You can use it with any FM Stereo reciever because the satellite Unit rebroadcasts locally within the car. It can also be used in your house as long as the antenna has line of sight to the sky.
You can not change from on carrier to the other with the same reciever. At least I have not figured out how to do it. It would be nice have this feature reprogrammable in software. I expect at some future date, it will be possible.

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