Wednesday, October 26, 2005

DirecTV to offer XM broadcasts

On November 15th, DirecTV will begin offering XM radio broadcasts to their 14.6 million customers, replacing the current MusicChoice service. Subscribers will receive a subset of the full XM lineup, up to 65 channels, depending on the DirecTV package they have. Competitor Dish Network has been offering satellite radio from XM's biggest competitor, Sirius, for about a year now.

This makes a lot of sense, when you think about it. Satellite TV and radio companies merge together to form satellite medio companies. Why should DirecTV come up with its own radio programming when it can just partner with the largest satellite radio company. Some DirecTV customers are unimpressed, however, worried that the highly compressed XM feed won't be up to the near-CD quality of MusicChoice.

More info:

DirecTV to offer XM broadcasts
XM, DirecTV Ink Distribution Deal

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