Satellite radios

Satellite Radio Basics

If you've ever wondered how you can upgrade your listening experience in the car, or even at home, and had questions about satellite radio, we have the answers here.

What is satellite radio?

SiriusXM satellite radio is programming that offers numerous, coast-to-coast radio channels in digital-quality sound. Programming includes commercial-free music, plus your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather and more. There's no downloading or managing playlists. Satellite radio also includes additional services for your car, like infotainment and traffic.

What's the difference between Sirius and XM?

XM and Sirius started as two separate satellite radio providers. Even though the companies have now merged into SiriusXM, there is still some XM- and Sirius-specific programming. For example, Major League Baseball games are available only on the XM network. But, with the Sirius or XM Premier programming package, you can get almost every channel SiriusXM has to offer. Both have more than 65 channels of commercial-free music, more than 40 channels of news, sports, and entertainment, as well as traffic and weather channels for most major metropolitan areas.

What are the advantages of satellite radio?

There are several advantages of satellite radio. It offers coast-to-coast coverage, which means you can drive from New York to Los Angeles without changing the channel. Artist-dedicated channels include E Street Radio, Elvis Radio, and Siriusly Sinatra. You can hear every team and every game from every major sport — no matter where you live, with 24/7 talk channels for each of the biggest leagues. Extras include driver feeds during NASCAR races, the NFL draft, a full-time fantasy sports channel and more.

What about commercials? Will I hear them, and how often?

Commercials do exist on some of the XM music channels, but they are clearly designated on the channel lineups. Many SiriusXM sports, news, talk, comedy and entertainment channels have a limited amount of commercials (unlike most local AM/FM radio stations, which carry 10–15 minutes of ads every hour).

Where can I listen to satellite radio?

Satellites make satellite radio available wherever you are within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. Sirius is also available in Puerto Rico (with coverage limitations). It's also available in bodies of water abutting the continental United States extending hundreds of miles into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Great Lakes. SiriusXM Internet radio is available throughout its satellite service area, plus Alaska and Hawaii. Aircraft and boat owners can subscribe to receive weather conditions and forecasts throughout these areas as well.

How much do subscription plans cost?

A variety of programming packages and billing plans are available. The most popular package runs around $14.99 a month, and provides more than 140 channels, including commercial-free music, live sports, exclusive entertainment, 24/7 talk, comedy, news and more. Other fees and taxes may apply. SiriusXM also offers premium packages for a few dollars more per month, as well as special-interest packages for even less. If you're already a SiriusXM subscriber and want to get SiriusXM Internet radio, you can easily add it to your subscription for just $4.00 per month. Or sign up for the All Access Subscription package, where you get both SiriusXM satellite radio and Internet radio, for even greater savings. See all the various subscription packages by visiting

What channels are included?

SiriusXM has a choice of packages with different channel lineups and prices to meet your listening preferences and budget. Our most popular subscription package, the Select Package, offers you more than 140 channels. See the various channel packages at

How do I activate satellite radio?

Activation is simple and takes only a few minutes. Visit SiriusXM's simple online activation process at or call SiriusXM Listener Care at 1-866-635-2349.

How do I get satellite radio in my car?

There are a range of in-vehicle solutions, including tuners for connecting your Sirius- or XM-ready car stereo, dock-and-play radios that can be moved from car to home, docks that make your smartphone a SiriusXM radio, and even portables. Geek Squad® Autotechs can professionally install your radio for optimum performance and the best listening experience. Learn even more about satellite radio with the SiriusXM satellite radio in-vehicle FAQs.

Can I get Sirius or XM radios in my home?

At Best Buy, you'll find a range of dock-and-play and portable radios that let you listen at home and anywhere else you want. You can also add SiriusXM Internet radio to your subscription. For a few dollars more a month, you can listen to more than 150 channels anywhere you roam, on your computer, smartphone, tablet and more.

How does SiriusXM compare to a fully loaded iPod® or Pandora?

Satellite radio doesn't require any downloading, or building a library, or managing playlists — you just play it. You'll enjoy:

  • Play-by-play sports, plus 24/7 sports talk, news and exclusive entertainment
  • Commercial-free music and exclusive programming chosen by our experts, not a computer
  • No network data usage (streaming services increase your data usage)
  • SiriusXM On Demand, including thousands of hours of content updated daily so you can listen where and when you want — even offline without a connection
  • MySXM which lets you easily personalize your favorite music channels for a listening experience that's all you
  • Constant signal — when you listen on satellite radio, it will keep streaming music and entertainment even in areas where you can't get mobile service
  • Access to exclusive subscriber-only events, music specials and interviews
  • Real-time traffic and weather services

What if I want to listen to SiriusXM online?

SiriusXM Internet radio lets you listen to your favorite SiriusXM content on your computer, on most smartphones, and on other Internet-enabled devices. You'll get more than 155 channels of your favorite SiriusXM programming, conveniently located all in one place. As a SiriusXM satellite radio subscriber, you have the option to add SiriusXM Internet radio to your subscription for just $3.50 per month. SiriusXM Internet radio is also available as an online-only subscription for just $14.49 per month. (Taxes may apply.) This gives you tons of flexibility — you can listen on your computer at home, or at work, or wherever. Plus, if you've got a smartphone you can even listen on that, at no extra cost. Visit to start listening today.