Sirius Satellite Radio Gets Ready to Go Live
Sirius Satellite Radio recently announced that its satellite, Sirius-2, the second in its three satellite array, successfully completed in-orbit payload and signal testing. The Sirius-3 will be ready to launch in November, while a fourth, back-up satellite will launch thereafter. The company expects that it will begin its satellite digital radio service in January 2001. Users will pay $9.95 a month to receive up to 100 channels, 50 of which will offer non-commercial music and the other 50 will offer re-purposed content channels from outlets such as CNBC, NPR and the BBC. Sirius is working with various auto manufacturers to install three-band radios, AM/FM/Satellite, and has struck alliances with consumer electronics manufacturers for aftermarket units and adapters to bring satellite radio to existing devices.
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