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XM Radio

Current Satellite

Rhythm
Launch date : 01.03.2005
Main contactor : Boeing
Platform : BSS 702
Launch services : SeaLaunch
Launcher : Zenit-3SL
Transponders : 2 in S-band
Launch mass : 4703 kg
Life expectancy : years

Blues ( XM-4) . Indentical to Rhythm
Launch date : 30.1.2006
Main contactor : Boeing
Platform : BSS 702
Launch services : SeaLaunch
Launcher : Zenit-3SL
Transponders : 2 in S-band
Launch mass : 4703 kg
Life expectancy : years

Additional active satellites

Rock ( XM-1) , Roll ( XM-2) .These satellites are identical.
Launch dates : 18.03.2001 and 8.05.2001
Main contactor : Boeing
Platform : BSS 702
Launch services : SeaLaunch
Transponders : 2 in S-band
Launch mass : 4682 kg
Life expectancy : 15 years
History & Overview

XM Satellite Radio Holdings ( XM ) is one of two satellite radio SDARS ) services in the United States and Canada , along with Sirius Satellite Radio . XM provides pay-for-service radio, analogous to cable television . Its service includes 73 different music channels, 39 news, sports, talk and entertainment channels, 21 regional traffic and weather channels and 23 play-by-play sports channels. .

The company was founded in 1988 as American Mobile Radio Corporation ; satellite service was officially launched on September 25 , 2001 .

XM - Sirius Merger
On July 25th 2008 the Federal regulators formally approved the merger of the nation's only two satellite radio operators Friday, ending a 16-month-long drama closely watched by Washington and Wall Street.

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s $3.3 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. will mean 18 million-plus subscribers will be able to receive programming from both services. Executives say it will mean huge cost savings that will lead to a first-ever profit for the relatively nascent industry.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to approve the buyout, with the tie-breaking vote coming Friday night from Republican commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

Tate had insisted that the companies settle charges that they violated FCC rules before she would approve the deal. The companies agreed this week to pay $19.7 million to the U.S. Treasury for violations related to radio receivers and ground-based signal repeaters.

The new company. created after the merger is called Sirius XM.

Broadcast & Control Centers
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