Starting on Wednesday, May 4, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM will finally be almost completely indistinguishable from one another. Since their merger, the two satellite radio providers have sported the same channels, just on differently-numbered stations. Starting Wednesday, though, the channel sequences will be the same as well.
The new lineup will more closely ape Sirius' format, which means pop and rock stations will be available starting in the teens, followed by sports beginning at channel 84. Howard Stern will have not one but two stations of his very own, residing at channel 100 and 101 on the new Sirius/XM dial.

Listeners of both companies' broadcasts shouldn't have to spend any time reprogramming their preferences if they want their familiar tunes and talk shows back – the satellite radio provider says it should happen automatically. Either way, for those who frequently move from one car to another, this move is long overdue. See all the details here.


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      Chris Ferrara
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love sirius, have it in 2 of my 3 cars. I think it depends alot where you live and what kind of commute you have, to fully appreciate it.
      GatorLCA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stern had 2 channels since day one, they need to give him more. He's the only reason that company, and the merger, were successful
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GatorLCA
        According to him he has three, but he only uses two because programming content is harder than it looks. My wife loves Stern, but I can't be the only person who after listening to him for like three years came to the conclusion that he does the exact same thing over and over and over.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do a lot of long distance driving, often through rural areas, and my satellite radio is a life saver. I love that I get the same stations, nice and clear, pretty much anywhere I am; rather than having to hunt for good music/news/weather while I'm driving. It keeps me alert and lets me focus on actually driving. For most people, that rarely go out of their own town, there is probably no point to having it. However, it makes good sense for those of us that spend a lot of time on the highway, especially out in rural areas where radio stations are slim.
      bps163
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just getting started, soon other Country's will be asking for Sirius XM. I felt the same way as you some time ago. Now that I have it I can say, No your wrong. Satellite radio is here to stay. Once you try it you to will see how good it is. No adds of any kind. Stay Long with Sirius XM
      GatorLCA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stern always had 2 channels....they need to give him more. He's the only reason why that company is still a float
      Sheldon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the STROBE!!!
      Viggenman93
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merger schmerger. I have XM. I could care less about baseball. I love football, but to listen to the NFL I need to add the "best of Sirius" to my package for an additional fee. If I bought a Sirius radio, this would be a non issue. So they are officially the same company, but this stupid rule still applies. And now they are shifting their channels around. Again, not really anything to get excited about. This is barely newsworthy.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weird that there essentially will only be one satellite radio provider. So much for healthy competition,,,
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Yes, there is only one satellite company but they don't have a monopoly on broadcast digital entertainment. When the merger went to court, their argument was that satellite radio competes with all other forms of broadcast media. AM, FM, XM, iPod, streaming...
      Ian Kennedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This change was not seamless. The presets on my A4 were borked because of it.
        ben
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ian Kennedy
        So much for the extra cash for the Audi...my girlfriend's 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe XM presets corrected themselves..heh..not sure if my 2011 SHO did yet or not...but since it's Microsoft I don't have high hopes for seamless anything...
      tscurt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Channel 21- Underground Garage. The reason I drive.
      mommajo64
      • 3 Years Ago
      YOU REALLY MESSED UP MY ENJOYMENT BY TAKING ENLIGHTMENT CHANNEL OFF AND REPLACING IT WITH CONTEMPORARY WHICH HAS NO MEANING IN MY EYES.IT IS LIKE 7/11 SAME LINE 7 TO 11 TIMES AND NO MUSIC AS FAR AS A MELODY. SO SORRY WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO FM RADIO NOW TO HEAR SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC WHICH HAS MEANING...SO SORRY YOU HAVE DONE THIS.. MOMMAJO
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