New York - SiriusXM is adding interactive features to its Internet radio app for Android devices and expanding the lineup of Internet-streamed content.
Feature updates to the app include the ability to replay up to five hours of previously broadcast programming. Other updates let users start songs and shows from the beginning when they change channels. Users can also pause, skip forward and rewind previously broadcast content.
Users also get access to an expanded SiriusXM channel lineup, including SiriusXM Latino channels and live play-by-play from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR and PGA Tour.
The app is free, but the service itself is subscription-based.
The enhancements are but the first to be announced this year, said Jim Meyer, operations and sales president. "We will continue to evolve our SiriusXM Internet radio offerings this year by adding greater functionality on smartphones, mobile devices and online," he said.
The update is part of the continuing rollout of SiriusXM 2.0, which the company called "a major upgrade and evolution of SiriusXM's satellite and Internet-delivered service that will ultimately span hardware, software, audio, and data services."
Key new features of the Android app include:
, which lets users go back in time up to 5 hours to listen to previously broadcast programming on many channels;
, which automatically starts the currently playing song from the beginning when a user tunes to any music channel;
Pause of live radio
with ability to pick up where the listener left off;
Replay a song or segment
with a single click, or skip forward to hear what's playing next and;
, an electronic programming guide offering a complete list of what's on over the next seven days by channel. Users can set reminder alerts when favorite shows are broadcast.