XM/Sirius Dual-Mode Radios Coming Next Year
While the merger between XM and Sirius has been approved, those hoping to take advantage of programming options from both services will have to wait until next year for a dual-mode device to become available, Fortune magazine reported Friday.
The reason for the delay is that the companies and those that work with them were unable to work on a dual receiver, on the chance that the merger had been rejected.
The news came from CEO Mel Karmazin in a call with analysts Thursday; it had been hoped by some observers that the dual receivers would be available sooner, perhaps prior to the holiday season. The company will, however, offer an “a la carte” radio that will allow subscribers of one service to receive “select” programming of the other.