New York - SiriusXM launched its first tuner compatible with SiriusXM 2.0 service through its own online store and through select Best Buy stores.
The satellite-radio broadcaster, however, promises to expand distribution to 2,500 retail locations nationwide by this holiday shopping season. The locations include Best Buy and other retailers. Audiovox begins this week to ship the new tuner to retailers, the company told TWICE.
The new tuner is the $139-suggested Edge, a Dock & Play radio capable of receiving 22 additional channels, including an expanded selection of Hispanic-oriented channels. Additional programming and expanded listener capabilities will be announced in the coming months, the company added.
The additional channels are included in the company's existing basic $12.95/month plan.
The new programming is also available today through the company's smartphone apps and Internet-streaming service. This represents the first phase of the SiriusXM 2.0 rollout, which the company said would include additional hardware, audio and data services. The service uses modulation and compression techniques to effectively deliver 25 percent more bandwidth capacity without reducing the broadcast quality of existing channels, the company claimed.
The Edge tuner can be docked with a car stereo system via an included car kit, amd it can be docked with a home stereo system via an optional home-docking kit. It's also compatible with a docking speaker system available from the company.
The car docking kit includes magnet-mount antenna and dock that turns a vehicle's electrical wiring into an antenna that re-transmits the satellite programs to a vehicle's FM tuner. Channels are broadcast over the company's XM satellites.
The Edge features ability to pause, rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of live satellite radio. It also displays artist name, song title and channel information on a large color graphic display. It also browses other channels while playing back a channel, stores up to 10 channels in presets and provides parental-control channel lockout. A one-touch jumping feature lets users jump to the traffic and weather channel for a particular city and jump back to a previously listened station.
The expanded channel lineup includes more commercial-free music offerings, additional comedy channels, an addition to live sports talk programming and SiriusXM Latino. The latter is a new suite of channels featuring commercial-free music as well as programming from providers of Spanish-language sports, news, talk and entertainment.
New channels include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio, SiriusXM Comes Alive!, RockBar, Classic College Radio, Red White & Booze, Party Mega Mix and Krishna Das Yoga Radio.
Four comedy channels go to seven with the addition of Carlin's Corner, UCB Radio and Dirty Dog.
In sports talk and live-play-by-play programming, the company previously offered NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA Tour, NASCAR and college sports. The new lineup adds to that with ESPN SportsCenter.
In Latino channels, the company added 10 commercial-free music channels and RadioFormula Mexico, a news and talk channel.
One way to get all SiriusXM channels is to subscribe to a $199/year All Access plan, which delivers all channels via satellite, Internet-streaming channels available to PCs and select home audio products, and the ability to stream select SiriusXM channels through smartphones and other mobile devices.
SiriusXM previously said it planned an extra-cost Latino-channel subscription tier in 2.0 service, but the company's announcement made no mention of that in the initial 2.0 launch.