• Jan 22, 2009
If you love your Sirius or XM satellite service, now is the time to re-up your subscription for another three years. The newly unified Sirius XM is charging $2 for additional subscriptions and adding another $2.99 fee for Internet radio. The Internet radio feature does add a 128k premium feed option, which is nice. Subscribers can avoid the price hike by locking in their service before March 11. The increases are seen as a way for Sirius XM to raise money to fund its massive piles of debt. The satellite radio conglomerate wins either way; if you rush to lock in rates, the company gets an immediate cash infusion. If you wait and subscribe for more money, your individual subscription will bring in more money than it did before. We're obviously not too thrilled about this news, especially since it comes on the heels of a competition-killing merger. But to be fair, the two companies kept prices steady for many years, and that's not sustainable forever.
[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      well mr TomdeTomTom, you need to go back and check out sirius n xm merger....the day to day broadcast/programming is handled by the former sirius personalities...as an xm subscriber for 10 yrs, I have seen the music played on air go from LIVE CALL IN BY REQUEST with a wide variety to choose from downgraded to unable to cantact, and hearing the same music repeatedly 2 times a day as if it was on auto replay every 12 hrs, with on 2 occasions this week hearing 1 song 3 times the same day between 9 AM and 11 PM. The first week after the merger I saw the disappearance of xm america and the nightly request show with country dan, as well as taking the only channel off that played tunes from around the world~including irish celtic. SORRY, the loft does NOT play the same music. So for the wonderfully terrible programmers from sirius, return the xm control and all will be happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Kate
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess I am niave, I thought that satelitte radio had NO commericals, because we the consumers were paying fot the service. No there is soo much advertising junk and people yanking on stations like 20 on 20, or 8, the eighties channel. it is driving me crazy. I may have to go back to CDs! I really don't like paying for people talking on the music channels!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had XM for maybe 2 3 years now, use to love it & didnt mind paying for it. Ever since the merger, the station sucks now. They took off all the good stations. I 'm considering not renewing my subscription not because of the hike but the stations.
      Anthony
      • 5 Years Ago
      xm radio is the pitts, try and cancel your subscription, they are the rudest company i ever had to deal with, they put you on hold for an hour ,then hang up on you. it took me 2 days of frustration to cancel. I had to cancel my credit card for them to stop charging my account. believe me people they are a scam listen to free radio or cds, you will have piece of mind.
      ratdog
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have Serius in my work van and I almost only use Serius to listen to Stern.. He is the most entertaining thing on radio. I also have XM in another car but listen to more music (the Springsteen chanel is great) on that because I am with the kids alot in that vehicle. As far as I am concerned it is expensive, but worth it for Howard and the good music..It sure as hell beats local radio and all the comercials there.
      wwe fan
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they have alot of debt, does it make sense to sign a 3 year contract with them? i Think the answer to that is No. They most likely will fold and then all your money paid will be lost. Its better to be out a couple extra dollars for one month when they fold instead of 3 years worth. Who do they think they are by having the fees go up when they should be smart enough to know that most people can still listen to the regular radio stations and not have to deal with paying out extra money needed for their households. Sounds like they are banking on everyone paying for the 3 years to bail them out. Well when do the common , working class people get their bailouts? Get smart America dont fall for this.
      Jeni
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you read this carefully, you'll notice that it's not the primary subscription that's going up--so if you just have 1 radio and a subscription to either SIRIUS or XM, your regular price is NOT going up--it's only the cost of having a second radio on your account, and for listening to SIRIUS online.
      LSS4444
      • 5 Years Ago
      XM Is supposed to be commercial free music BUT IT'S NOT. There's constant chatter encouraging you to listen to this XM channel or another. It's not worth the current price, let alone an increased price. Goodbye XM, you've driven me away!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If your going to complain about the price hike, get rid of the service. The suckers will keep paying. I got rid of cable. There's nothing on it anyway but commercials, and info commercials. If more were like me, prices come down, and more shows be on tv. Americans won't sacriface.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So long Sat radio. It was a bad idea from the start. I have my IPOD. I have free radio. Sat radio now has adds, so why pay for it? If I owned stock in Sirius XM I would sell. It won't be worth spit within a year or so. You watch. They'll tank and take your stock value with it. Howard Stern is now irrelevant. Couldn't happen to a nicer smart ass.
      Erv
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should give us some money back since the merger the service has gotten worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've had Sirius for a long time and I can't imagine being without it. Some of the changes made since they merged with XM leave me a little puzzled. I drove a vehicle equipped with XM for about 3 weeks and I couldn't really find anything to listen to but Sirius suits me perfectly.

      I really haven't noticed that many more commercials on any of the music stations. Now on the talk radio stations you are going to still have a lot of commercials because those shows are also going out over terrestial radio and they have to conform to their timing schedule.
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