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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 06:38 PM
bbodyguy
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For anyone considering xm or sirus, XM will now be commercial free, and cheaper. Better too! Can you tell I like XM?

Peter
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 07:47 PM
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Sweet! I've been considering it lately. How much is it going to be now?
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 11:19 AM
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Have they done anything about that dopey antenna?
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 11:56 AM
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Originally posted by 94 impalass:
Have they done anything about that dopey antenna?
I would never put that thing on the outside of my car. Just mount it on your back dash. That is where mine is, and I dont have any interference issues with the defroster.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 12:07 PM
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....I read somewhere that XM will able to do movie feeds sometime in the the near future. How much of it is true? Got me but that would be cool. I'd imagine the cost would be more and perhaps other components to purchase in order to get the feed.

I have XM and really enjoy it. So much that I don't even listen to the radio or cd's anymore.
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 12:46 PM
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Originally posted by STRTWYZ:
....I read somewhere that XM will able to do movie feeds sometime in the the near future.
I have heard that as well when I went looking for some parts at Best Buy. (even though I got everything on Ebay at a fraction of the cost.)
When or how, though, I would like to know as well!


Here is the email I received from XM on the changes.

Dear XM Subscriber:

First, from all of us at XM, thank you for being a valued member of the XM family.

From every vantage point XM had a spectacular 2003. Ending the year with over 1.36 million subscribers, XM Satellite Radio is one of the fastest growing entertainment media ever. Building on this tremendous momentum, we’re delighted to announce several programming content enhancements in 2004 we know you’re going to love.

First, XM will offer 100% COMMERCIAL-FREE MUSIC beginning February 1st. With 68 commercial-free music channels, XM will deliver the most commercial-free music in satellite radio. From Rock to Jazz, Classical to Hip-Hop, Country to R&B, you’ll now enjoy more of the music you love, without commercial interruption.

Complementing the move to 100% commercial-free music will be the debut of exciting new channels, including:
* Highway 16 – Today’s top Country Hits - Ch. 16
* The Blend – Adult Contemporary Hits - Ch. 25
* Fungus – Punk Rock - Ch. 53
* Lucy – Classic Alternative Hits - Ch. 54
* MSNBC – Global and national news - Ch. 130

We are also pleased to announce the launch of XM INSTANT TRAFFIC & WEATHER. Powered by Traffic Pulse and The Weather Channel, XM Instant Traffic & Weather will offer listeners in-depth, up-to-date information about road and weather conditions in 21 major metropolitan markets nationwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing greater detail and more frequent updates than available elsewhere on the radio. The first 15 metropolitan markets are available beginning March 1st. You can visit http://traffic.xmradio.com to hear report samples and learn more about this wonderful new XM service.

There’s more good news. 100% Commercial-free music, exciting new programming content, Instant Traffic & Weather – all will be included as part of your basic subscription. There are no new charges or fees.

To accommodate these many exciting enhancements, some channels will change number, category, and/or format, or will be eliminated.
* MTV (ch. 25) and VH1 (ch. 26) will move from Hits to Variety (ch. 155 and 156, respectively).
* Spirit (ch. 63) will move from Urban to Christian (ch. 33)
* Fine Tuning (ch. 104) will move from World to Rock (ch. 49)
* XM Live (ch. 168) will move from Variety to Hits (ch. 26)
* We will no longer carry Special X (ch. 30), Aguila (ch. 90), Vibra (ch. 92), and Tejano (ch. 93).

A new channel lineup card will be mailed to you later this month. For more information about all the changes and to view a new channel lineup immediately, please visit http://lineup.xmradio.com.

Thank you again for your valued patronage and for making XM #1 in Satellite Radio.

Best Regards,
The XM Team
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 05:30 PM
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Sounds great! How much?
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 05:59 PM
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Originally posted by azroadmonster:
Sounds great! How much?
Depends on how you do the setup.
I already had an XM Ready Pioneer CD head unit. (was ~$160).
I bought the cables and decoder for about $60 on ebay. Was going for $120 at Best Buy.
Then the antenna was ~$50 at Best Buy. I paid about ~$35 on Ebay.
I did the install myself (was piece of cake, and I am not an audio expert.)
I pay $9.99 a month.
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 08:14 PM
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Thumps got it right, do it the ebay way. I did buy a couple of open box specials at best buy. One was a dud, and I took it back, and they gave me a brand spanking new one, for the open box price!
I hit ebay for the antenna's also. If you dont want to do it via ebay, you can get the best all around price at xmfan.com
If I had to do it all over again, I would go for a skifi unit, so you could take it where ever you go.

XM ROCKS!

Peter
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-09-2004, 12:03 AM
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I was on a business trip about 3 weeks ago and rented a new Impala (It is kinda painful to say that... [img]graemlins/.gif[/img] ), but it had an XM system in it and I AM SOLD!!! Not just for the good tunes, buy the Comedy station was great!

It will make for a great drive from Colorado Springs to Vegas in June and be able to listen to the same cool stations all the way!!! WooHoo!!!

Looks like e-Bay will be getting some more of my business this weekend.

TR
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