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SIRIUS CES News: New rollouts


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Chris

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Posted January 04 2005 - 11:18 AM

SIRIUS announces that Ford will now factory pre-install on 21 vehicle lines, including the F150 pickup, starting this year. This increases the number of factory installs by double. XM has long been the leader in available factory installs in number of cars with this option, this brings the two closer together.

http://www.sirius.co....=1104779640042

(note: XM has their big CES announcement tomorrow)
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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Ted Bissell

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Posted January 04 2005 - 03:35 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

XACT Communication™ To Unveil Revolutionary New Product at Consumer Electronic Show 2005 in Las Vegas, January 9th

New York, NY - XACT Communication, the leader in personal consumer electronic solutions, will unveil a revolutionary new product that will record satellite radio and play MP3 files.

XACT will unveil the first integrated device to play and record SIRIUS satellite radio and MP3 music files while also being completely portable. XACT Communication has combined a satellite radio receiver, a recorder and a flash card slot all into one portable device. There’s no longer a need to carry two or three devices to listen to all of your favorite music, talk shows, news and sports. You can record up to 4 hours of live programming and play it back anytime. You can also store up to 1GB of music on flash cards that can be edited on a home computer then plugged into the flash card slot or by simply hooking up to your PC via the built in USB port.

This new product is wearable and able to receive commercial-free SIRIUS Satellite Radio anywhere in the Continental US, but the receiver can also be plugged into a home stereo, car audio system or one of XACT’s compatible boom boxes.

"I am extremely excited to launch this product," announced XACT Senior Vice President of Branding/Marketing, Ben Lowinger. "XACT offers the public a multi-faceted device that is nothing like other personal entertainment products on the market. We have targeted the technological needs of a wide variety of music and radio lovers and have created a product that not only fulfills those needs, but surpasses them."

XACT is a full-service provider of groundbreaking consumer electronics products. With a seamless, vertically integrated infrastructure, that was created to manage the product supply chain from design planning to consumer purchase — including development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, merchandising, sales and customer support — XACT has introduced award-winning products that have helped redefine their respective categories.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   SteveK

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Posted January 04 2005 - 03:56 PM

It should be very interesting to learn of the new products featuring satellite radio (whether Sirius or XM) announced at this year's CES. It's an indication that satellite radio has become (or is about to become) mainstream, and I think you'll see an ever-increasing variety of products and product combinations with satellite radio as the main element. The XACT mp3/Sirius product mentioned above is likely to be one of many similar products available within the next year or so. Interesting days are ahead...keep your wallets ready!

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Posted January 05 2005 - 03:31 AM

SIRIUS and Microsoft to Collaborate to Develop Video Service

NEW YORK and LAS VEGAS, Jan 05, 2005 -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it has selected Windows Media Video 9 for use in SIRIUS' mobile video platform, and has reached an agreement with Microsoft to collaborate in the further development of video applications.

SIRIUS plans to offer a video service in the second half of 2006, and expects to devote 2-3 channels of premium video content designed primarily for children. With the explosive growth of DVD sales, video capabilities in automobiles are quickly becoming a prime feature for families and travelers. The automobile industry is increasingly interested in offering entertainment features to their new car buyers. According to SIRIUS, its automotive partners are eager proponents of the service, given the strong demand for rear seat video entertainment.

"We will take the DVD experience to the next level, offering the best content easily available to families and consumers," said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. "Working together with Microsoft will help ensure the exciting development of a solid and user friendly video platform for SIRIUS for years to come."

"We are excited to be working with SIRIUS on its new mobile video service that will be delivered using our technology," said Amir Majidimehr, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "We will further work together to enable consumers to experience SIRIUS video whether on the go or at home -- from the initial mobile service in vehicles to the PC and home entertainment devices."

According to Microsoft, the high-quality and compression efficiencies of this technology are well suited for reception of video in mobile environments. SIRIUS broadcasts over 120 channels of commercial free music, news, talk and entertainment programming, and the addition of its video channels are not expected to affect the current audio fidelity of the company's existing channels.

"Working with Microsoft to utilize the compression efficiencies inherent to WMV9 will enable SIRIUS to deliver content optimized for satellite broadcasts and reception," said Jim Meyer, President of Operations and Sales for SIRIUS.

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Posted January 05 2005 - 04:42 AM

Ford Agreement sets goal of 1 Million Subs:

http://story.news.ya....ford_sirius_dc

Ford will ship the radios pre-installed, and activated for a year's service.
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