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Sirius Satellite Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States that provides 68 streams (channels) of music and 55 streams of sports, news and entertainment. Music streams on Sirius carry a wide variety of music genres, broadcasting 24 hours a day, commercial free. With any Sirius-enabled radio, the user can see the artist and song information on display while listening to the stream. The streams are broadcast from three satellites in an elliptical geosynchronous orbit above North America. A subset of Sirius’ music channels are included as part of the DISH Network satellite television service. Sirius channels are identified by Arbitron with the label “XS” (e.g. “XS120”, “XS9”, “XS17”).

Sirius is based in New York City. Its business model is to provide pay-for-service radio, music channels being free of commercials, analogous to the business model for premium cable television. Subscription costs for Sirius range from $12.95/mo. to $499.99 for a lifetime subscription (of the receiver, not the subscriber). A $10 activation fee ($15 if activated by phone) is also required. Sirius currently lags behind competitor XM Satellite Radio in terms of subscribers with 3.3 million, well less than XM's current audience of more than 6 million subscribers (as of January 9, 2006). However, Sirius led the market in new satellite radio subscribers in 2005.

Sirius was previously known as CD Radio. The dog in the Sirius logo (Sirius is referred to as the "Dog Star") is unofficially named “Mongo,” a name garnered from the debut of Sirius Satellite Radio’s sponsorship on Casey Atwood’s and later Jimmy Spencer’s NASCAR entry, when the announcing cast voted on names. “Mongo” later became NASCAR driver Spencer’s nickname with the NASCAR Broadcasters in the following races.

Content

Howard Stern and other high profile content

Howard Stern Show.

A major component of Sirius’ business strategy has been to execute far-reaching and exclusive deals with big-name entertainers and personalities to create and build broadcast streams, from the ground up. Sirius has reached extensive deals with domestic diva Martha Stewart, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven), Jimmy Buffett, and Eminem to executive produce streams on Sirius.

By far the biggest of these deals was announced on October 6, 2004 when Sirius announced that it signed a five-year, $500-million agreement with Howard Stern to move his radio show to Sirius starting on January 9, 2006. The deal, which gave Sirius exclusive rights to Stern’s radio show, also gave Stern the right to build at least two full-time programming channels. Stern stated that his move was forced by the stringent regulations of the FCC whose enforcement was intensified following the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show. Beginning with the announcement of his imminent departure, Stern began to complain of one of his employers, Infinity Broadcasting, as trying to impede the success of his departure.

In Howard Stern's first major hire for Sirius, Stern brought on board Tampa, FL based Bubba the Love Sponge, fired by Clear Channel due to a $750,000 fine proposed by the FCC Reuters, to do a show on Sirius.

In addition to the channel-programming deals, Sirius has also programmed a number of more conventional shows with well known personalities in a number of fields. These shows are hosted by personalities including skateboard legend Tony Hawk, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, The B-52's lead singer Fred Schneider, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton and longtime New York City DJ “Cousin Brucie”, who was dropped by WCBS-FM after the station changed to its format from an oldies station to a “Jack” format. Generally the personalities act as DJs hosting shows with music they personally like.

On November 18, 2004 the former COO and President of Viacom, Mel Karmazin, was named the CEO of Sirius. Stern worked under Karmazin at Infinity Radio and the two men have always had a great deal of mutual respect for each other. It was Karmazin who fiercely protected Stern in the wake of the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show (produced by MTV and aired by CBS, both co-owned with Infinity) and the FCC crackdown on shock jocks and obscenity, in general.

On October 25, 2005 Sirius announced that "E Street Radio", the exclusive channel of legendary artist Bruce Springsteen, would air from November 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006 on the Bridge - Channel 10.

Sports

NFL Radio.

Another cornerstone of Sirius’ business strategy has been to pursue exclusive sports content. Currently, Sirius has exclusive satellite radio broadcasting rights to all NFL and NBA games. Sirius also announced in December 2005 a multi-year deal with the NBA, which makes the satellite radio company the broadcaster of more live NBA games than any other radio outlet. The agreement also creates a 24-hour NBA Radio Channel, located on channel 127. NHL games will be shared with XM for the 2005–2006 season, after which XM will have exclusive broadcast rights. Starting in 2007, Sirius will have full NASCAR coverage.

Sirius also has rights to a number of major college sports conferences, including the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference as well as schools like Notre Dame. Beginning in 2005 Sirius also has exclusive radio rights to cover the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In August 2004, Sirius launched NFL Radio, a 24-hour radio stream dedicated exclusively to covering the NFL. Sirius has also been aggressive in creating its own in-house produced studio sports radio content.

Other content

In June 2005, Sirius signed an agreement with BBC Radio 1 in the UK to rebroadcast the station to an American audience. Sirius also has exclusive satellite radio rights to National Public Radio, carrying two separate streams. The deal with NPR was the first high-profile deal entered into by Sirius.

With the launch of Sirius Canada in December 2005, American listeners gained five Canadian-produced stations including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Three and Iceberg Radio in English, and Première Plus and Bandeapart in French. Iceberg Radio is programmed by Standard Broadcasting, which also provides a number of additional channels exclusive to Canada; the other four come from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sirius' Satellites

Sirius’ spacecraft Radiosat 1 through Radiosat 4 were manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. The first three of the series were orbited in 2000 by Proton-K Block-DM3 launch vehicles. Radiosat 4 is a ground spare, in storage at SS/Loral’s facility in Palo Alto, California. The series of satellites from which they come, the SS/Loral LS-1300, is known to have problems with their solar array cells — a similar but more severe issue affects the Boeing satellites belonging to competitor XM Radio.

Sirius Satellite in space, concept drawing.

Sirius' satellites are called Radiosat (instead of after the company name), due to there already being a previous fleet of satellites launched also named SIRIUS, launched by Sweden's NSAB (Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget, or Nordic Satellite AB) and used for general telecommunications and satellite tv throughout Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia.

The Sirius uplink facility is located in Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey.

Sirius does not use Geostationary satellites. Instead, its three SS/L-1300 satellites fly in geosynchronous (24-hour orbital period) inclined elliptical orbits. Sirius says the elliptical path of its satellite constellation ensures that each satellite spends about 16 hours a day over the continental United States, with at least one satellite over the country at all times. Sirius completed its three-satellite constellation on November 30, 2000. A fourth satellite will remain on the ground, ready to be launched if any of the three active satellites encounter transmission problems.

The Sirius system is similar to that of its competitor. Programs are beamed to one of the three Sirius satellites, which then transmit the signal to the ground, where your radio receiver picks up one of the channels within the signal. Signals are also beamed to ground repeaters for listeners in urban areas where the satellite signal can be interrupted.

Sirius offers car radios and home entertainment systems, as well as car and home kits for portable use. The Sirius receiver includes two parts -- the antenna module and the receiver module. The antenna module picks up signals from the ground repeaters or the satellite, amplifies the signal and filters out any interference. The signal is then passed on to the receiver module. Inside the receiver module is a chipset consisting of eight chips. The chipset converts the signals from 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) to a lower intermediate frequency. Sirius also offers an adapter that allows conventional car radios to receive satellite signals.

Receivers

SIRIUS Sportster Boombox

As of 2005, Sirius receivers are available for various new Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mini, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Volvo vehicles, and the service plans on adding availability for portable use. Starting in 2006, all Rolls-Royce vehicles sold in the United States will come with a Sirius radio and lifetime subscription as standard equipment.

They also make many receivers for aftermarket installs as well, including the Sportster Replay, Starmate Replay, Sirius S50 with built in 1GB MP3 player, and the Sirius One. Sirius' hardware lineup is available at Sirius.com

Some popular radios from Sirius:

  • SIRIUS S50
  • SIRIUS Sportster Exec. Docking Station Package
  • SIRIUS Sportster Radio with Boombox Package
  • Tivoli's SIRIUS Table Radio
  • Kenwood H2EV Radio with Car and Home Kits
  • Clarion Calypso SIRIUS Radio with Car Kit
  • XACT XTR1 Radio with Car Kit

Radio stations

  • List of Sirius Satellite Radio stations
  • Official Sirius Satellite Radio Stations List, Adobe Acrobat Reader Required
  • Black and white lineup from SiriusBackstage.com, Adobe Acrobat Reader Required

Sirius in Canada

In November, 2004, a partnership between Sirius, Standard Broadcasting and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to introduce Sirius in Canada. The application was approved on June 16, 2005. The decision was appealed to the Canadian federal cabinet by a number of broadcasting, labour, and arts and culture organizations, including the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, CHUM Limited, and the National Campus and Community Radio Association. The groups objected to Sirius’ approach to and reduced levels of Canadian content and French language programming, along with the exclusion of Canadian non-commercial broadcasting. After a lengthy debate, cabinet rejected the appeals on September 9, 2005.

Sirius Canada was officially launched December 1, 2005.

Sirius Canada did not initially carry Howard Stern. Despite popular belief that Stern's broadcast was banned by the CRTC, this is not the case — Sirius Canada, in fact, voluntarily chose not to air the program at the time of its launch in Canada. A significant number of Canadians have purchased grey market subscriptions to Sirius' American service to listen to Stern, although owing to the nature of grey market economics a precise number is difficult to verify. Howard 100 News has stated on air that they estimate at least 60,000 grey market satellite subscriptions in Canada; in December, the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported that business analysts in Canada estimate a total of 60,000 grey market subscribers to both Sirius and XM combined. [1] (It should be noted that this figure also includes an unverified number of listeners who subscribed before the Canadian satellite radio services launched at all — the analysts' figures did not offer any estimate of how many Canadians chose a grey market subscription over Sirius Canada specifically because of Stern.)

On January 11, 2006, a Canadian writer interviewed on Stern's show announced an online petition to bring Stern to Sirius Canada.

On February 1, 2006, The Globe and Mail reported the announcement that Stern's show on Howard 100 would become available in Canada as of February 6, 2006. [2]

Sirius had previously disabled the Howard Stern channels on radios with a Canadian ESN number, even if they are subscribed to American content from an American address. Most of these radios have a 'C' suffix in the model name. For example, the Sirius ONE radio is model "SV1" in the United States, but "SV1C" in Canada. However, Sirius cannot stop grey market receivers from picking up the American programming. The blocking of the Howard Stern channels is anticipated to change once the announced return of Stern to Canada takes place.


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Sirius had previously disabled the Howard Stern channels on radios with a Canadian ESN number, even if they are subscribed to American content from an American address. New 3rd-generation TL introduced. [2]. NSX is updated. On February 1, 2006, The Globe and Mail reported the announcement that Stern's show on Howard 100 would become available in Canada as of February 6, 2006. New 4th-generation Integra introduced as the RSX. On January 11, 2006, a Canadian writer interviewed on Stern's show announced an online petition to bring Stern to Sirius Canada. (Canada only).

[1] (It should be noted that this figure also includes an unverified number of listeners who subscribed before the Canadian satellite radio services launched at all — the analysts' figures did not offer any estimate of how many Canadians chose a grey market subscription over Sirius Canada specifically because of Stern.). New 2nd generation EL model. Howard 100 News has stated on air that they estimate at least 60,000 grey market satellite subscriptions in Canada; in December, the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported that business analysts in Canada estimate a total of 60,000 grey market subscribers to both Sirius and XM combined. New MDX luxury SUV introduced. A significant number of Canadians have purchased grey market subscriptions to Sirius' American service to listen to Stern, although owing to the nature of grey market economics a precise number is difficult to verify. New 2nd-generation CL coupe introduced. Despite popular belief that Stern's broadcast was banned by the CRTC, this is not the case — Sirius Canada, in fact, voluntarily chose not to air the program at the time of its launch in Canada. No CL model for 2000.

Sirius Canada did not initially carry Howard Stern. New 2nd-generation TL introduced. Sirius Canada was officially launched December 1, 2005. Integra receives a minor update. After a lengthy debate, cabinet rejected the appeals on September 9, 2005. (Canada only) New 2-door coupe TL introduced as CL. The groups objected to Sirius’ approach to and reduced levels of Canadian content and French language programming, along with the exclusion of Canadian non-commercial broadcasting. New EL (based on Civic sedan) is introduced.

The decision was appealed to the Canadian federal cabinet by a number of broadcasting, labour, and arts and culture organizations, including the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, CHUM Limited, and the National Campus and Community Radio Association. (Not sold in Canada) New 3rd-generation Legend introduced as the RL. The application was approved on June 16, 2005. New SLX SUV model introduced. In November, 2004, a partnership between Sirius, Standard Broadcasting and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to introduce Sirius in Canada. New 2nd-generation Vigor introduced as TL. Some popular radios from Sirius:. New 3rd-generation Integra introduced.

Sirius' hardware lineup is available at Sirius.com. Minor update to 2nd-generation Integra. They also make many receivers for aftermarket installs as well, including the Sportster Replay, Starmate Replay, Sirius S50 with built in 1GB MP3 player, and the Sirius One. New NSX model introduced. Starting in 2006, all Rolls-Royce vehicles sold in the United States will come with a Sirius radio and lifetime subscription as standard equipment. New 2nd-generation Legend introduced. As of 2005, Sirius receivers are available for various new Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mini, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Volvo vehicles, and the service plans on adding availability for portable use. New Vigor model added to Acura's line-up.

Sirius also offers an adapter that allows conventional car radios to receive satellite signals. New 2nd-generation Integra introduced. The chipset converts the signals from 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) to a lower intermediate frequency. The Acura brand is introduced to North America by Honda. Inside the receiver module is a chipset consisting of eight chips.
. The signal is then passed on to the receiver module. .

The antenna module picks up signals from the ground repeaters or the satellite, amplifies the signal and filters out any interference. And while the slow-selling NSX has been discontinued for the 2006 model year, Acura has promised a redesigned model sometime in 2007 or 2008. The Sirius receiver includes two parts -- the antenna module and the receiver module. It should debut in mid-2006 as a 2007 model. Sirius offers car radios and home entertainment systems, as well as car and home kits for portable use. In the future, Acura will introduce the RDX, a smaller SUV set to feature the RL's SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive). Signals are also beamed to ground repeaters for listeners in urban areas where the satellite signal can be interrupted. The company has now re-established itself with a consistent performance-oriented image, while also maintaining its reputation for outstanding customer service and reliability.

Programs are beamed to one of the three Sirius satellites, which then transmit the signal to the ground, where your radio receiver picks up one of the channels within the signal. Acura's new models—particularly the RL and TSX—have been well received by the motoring press. The Sirius system is similar to that of its competitor. A new RL debuted in 2005, this time with a 300-hp V6, more exciting styling, and innovative Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), a system capable of sending almost all of the RL's power to just one wheel in a turn. A fourth satellite will remain on the ground, ready to be launched if any of the three active satellites encounter transmission problems. This model became the only 4-cylinder sedan in Acura's line-up, replacing the Integra sedan. Sirius completed its three-satellite constellation on November 30, 2000. The same year, Acura introduced the TSX, a European-market Honda Accord loaded with features, as a cheaper alternative to the BMW 3-series.

Sirius says the elliptical path of its satellite constellation ensures that each satellite spends about 16 hours a day over the continental United States, with at least one satellite over the country at all times. A new TL debuted in 2004, equipped with sharp, Italianate styling and a 270-hp V6, and available with a 6-speed manual transmission led to a dramatic increase in sales for Acura. Instead, its three SS/L-1300 satellites fly in geosynchronous (24-hour orbital period) inclined elliptical orbits. Other cars in Acura's line-up during this time included the 3.2 TL, 3.2 CL, RSX (formerly the Integra), and the supercar, the NSX. Sirius does not use Geostationary satellites. It was given top honors by Car and Driver in its first comparison test against seven other SUVs. The Sirius uplink facility is located in Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey. The MDX was a car-like and fun-to-drive crossover SUV with little off-road capability that catered smartly to the demands of the luxury SUV market.

Sirius' satellites are called Radiosat (instead of after the company name), due to there already being a previous fleet of satellites launched also named SIRIUS, launched by Sweden's NSAB (Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget, or Nordic Satellite AB) and used for general telecommunications and satellite tv throughout Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia. The MDX replaced the slow-selling SLX, which was little more than a rebadged Isuzu Trooper. The series of satellites from which they come, the SS/Loral LS-1300, is known to have problems with their solar array cells — a similar but more severe issue affects the Boeing satellites belonging to competitor XM Radio. In the early 2000s, Acura refreshed its line-up, arguably beginning with the introduction of the MDX, a popular three-row crossover SUV based on the Honda Odyssey minivan. Radiosat 4 is a ground spare, in storage at SS/Loral’s facility in Palo Alto, California. This reputation has continued to this day, especially with the new RSX and TSX (see below.). The first three of the series were orbited in 2000 by Proton-K Block-DM3 launch vehicles. Parent company Honda's reputation as a maker of easy to tune and rev-happy engines with this demographic rubbed off onto Acura, and the Integra became a popular tuner car.

Sirius’ spacecraft Radiosat 1 through Radiosat 4 were manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. Despite these letdowns, Acura did gain prominence in the 1990's with a younger group of people, the import tuner set. Iceberg Radio is programmed by Standard Broadcasting, which also provides a number of additional channels exclusive to Canada; the other four come from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Even the swoopy NSX lost sales as Acura barely changed the car from its original 1989 trim. With the launch of Sirius Canada in December 2005, American listeners gained five Canadian-produced stations including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Three and Iceberg Radio in English, and Première Plus and Bandeapart in French. Its sluggish 210-horsepower V6 (later bumped to 225 hp) and front-wheel drive, together with anonymous styling that cautiously aped the larger, more powerful and more engaging Lexus LS400, did little against more prestigious, attractive and faster offerings from BMW, Audi, and Lexus, among others. The deal with NPR was the first high-profile deal entered into by Sirius. The 1996 3.5RL, which replaced the well-loved Legend, was seen by many as the epitome of Acura's new-found blandness.

Sirius also has exclusive satellite radio rights to National Public Radio, carrying two separate streams. During this time, Acura switched to an alphanumeric formula for nomenclature. In June 2005, Sirius signed an agreement with BBC Radio 1 in the UK to rebroadcast the station to an American audience. Unfortunately, after this strong start, the mid- to late 1990s, Acura's model line-up became less and less inspiring and consequently, sales suffered. Sirius has also been aggressive in creating its own in-house produced studio sports radio content. The car's meticulously engineered quality and sterling reliability were icing on the cake. In August 2004, Sirius launched NFL Radio, a 24-hour radio stream dedicated exclusively to covering the NFL. The NSX, an acronym for "New Sports eXperimental", was hailed as the first (and perhaps, to date, the only) Japanese car capable of taking on Ferrari and Porsche.

Beginning in 2005 Sirius also has exclusive radio rights to cover the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In 1989, Acura introduced the NSX, a swoopy 276-hp two-door sports car. Sirius also has rights to a number of major college sports conferences, including the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference as well as schools like Notre Dame. Automotive journalists were impressed particularly by the Acura Legend. Starting in 2007, Sirius will have full NASCAR coverage. Other Japanese luxury brands (Toyota's Lexus and Nissan's Infiniti) sprang up in North America shortly after Acura's introduction of the Legend, a V6-powered coupe and sedan, and the Integra, which was offered with a 4-cylinder engine only. NHL games will be shared with XM for the 2005–2006 season, after which XM will have exclusive broadcast rights. Before Acura, automobiles from Japan were primarily economical and were seen as reliable above all else.

The agreement also creates a 24-hour NBA Radio Channel, located on channel 127. Acura is credited with creating or being the first to tap into a market for luxury Japanese cars outside Japan. Sirius also announced in December 2005 a multi-year deal with the NBA, which makes the satellite radio company the broadcaster of more live NBA games than any other radio outlet. The brand will be expanded to the Chinese market in 2006 and the Japanese domestic market in 2008. Currently, Sirius has exclusive satellite radio broadcasting rights to all NFL and NBA games. Acura is a Japanese brand name used by Honda in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong since March 1986 to market luxury automobiles and near-luxury vehicles. Another cornerstone of Sirius’ business strategy has been to pursue exclusive sports content. RSX.

On October 25, 2005 Sirius announced that "E Street Radio", the exclusive channel of legendary artist Bruce Springsteen, would air from November 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006 on the Bridge - Channel 10. RL (new 2nd-generation). It was Karmazin who fiercely protected Stern in the wake of the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show (produced by MTV and aired by CBS, both co-owned with Infinity) and the FCC crackdown on shock jocks and obscenity, in general. NSX. Stern worked under Karmazin at Infinity Radio and the two men have always had a great deal of mutual respect for each other. MDX. On November 18, 2004 the former COO and President of Viacom, Mel Karmazin, was named the CEO of Sirius. TSX.

Generally the personalities act as DJs hosting shows with music they personally like. TL. These shows are hosted by personalities including skateboard legend Tony Hawk, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, The B-52's lead singer Fred Schneider, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton and longtime New York City DJ “Cousin Brucie”, who was dropped by WCBS-FM after the station changed to its format from an oldies station to a “Jack” format. EL (Canada only). In addition to the channel-programming deals, Sirius has also programmed a number of more conventional shows with well known personalities in a number of fields. Models sold:

    . In Howard Stern's first major hire for Sirius, Stern brought on board Tampa, FL based Bubba the Love Sponge, fired by Clear Channel due to a $750,000 fine proposed by the FCC Reuters, to do a show on Sirius. RSX.

    Beginning with the announcement of his imminent departure, Stern began to complain of one of his employers, Infinity Broadcasting, as trying to impede the success of his departure. RL. Stern stated that his move was forced by the stringent regulations of the FCC whose enforcement was intensified following the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show. NSX. The deal, which gave Sirius exclusive rights to Stern’s radio show, also gave Stern the right to build at least two full-time programming channels. MDX (Minor Update). By far the biggest of these deals was announced on October 6, 2004 when Sirius announced that it signed a five-year, $500-million agreement with Howard Stern to move his radio show to Sirius starting on January 9, 2006. TSX (European Honda Accord).

    Sirius has reached extensive deals with domestic diva Martha Stewart, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven), Jimmy Buffett, and Eminem to executive produce streams on Sirius. TL (new 3rd-generation, still based on North American Honda Accord). A major component of Sirius’ business strategy has been to execute far-reaching and exclusive deals with big-name entertainers and personalities to create and build broadcast streams, from the ground up. EL (Canada only). . Models sold:

      . “Mongo” later became NASCAR driver Spencer’s nickname with the NASCAR Broadcasters in the following races. RSX.

      The dog in the Sirius logo (Sirius is referred to as the "Dog Star") is unofficially named “Mongo,” a name garnered from the debut of Sirius Satellite Radio’s sponsorship on Casey Atwood’s and later Jimmy Spencer’s NASCAR entry, when the announcing cast voted on names. RL. Sirius was previously known as CD Radio. TL. However, Sirius led the market in new satellite radio subscribers in 2005. NSX. Sirius currently lags behind competitor XM Satellite Radio in terms of subscribers with 3.3 million, well less than XM's current audience of more than 6 million subscribers (as of January 9, 2006). MDX.

      A $10 activation fee ($15 if activated by phone) is also required. EL (Canada only). to $499.99 for a lifetime subscription (of the receiver, not the subscriber). CL. Subscription costs for Sirius range from $12.95/mo. Models sold:

        . Its business model is to provide pay-for-service radio, music channels being free of commercials, analogous to the business model for premium cable television. RSX (new) (4th-generation Integra).

        Sirius is based in New York City. RL. “XS120”, “XS9”, “XS17”). TL. Sirius channels are identified by Arbitron with the label “XS” (e.g. NSX (minor update). A subset of Sirius’ music channels are included as part of the DISH Network satellite television service. MDX.

        The streams are broadcast from three satellites in an elliptical geosynchronous orbit above North America. EL (Canada only). With any Sirius-enabled radio, the user can see the artist and song information on display while listening to the stream. CL. Music streams on Sirius carry a wide variety of music genres, broadcasting 24 hours a day, commercial free. Models sold:

          . Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States that provides 68 streams (channels) of music and 55 streams of sports, news and entertainment. RL.

          Black and white lineup from SiriusBackstage.com, Adobe Acrobat Reader Required. TL. Official Sirius Satellite Radio Stations List, Adobe Acrobat Reader Required. MDX. List of Sirius Satellite Radio stations. NSX. XACT XTR1 Radio with Car Kit. Integra.

          Clarion Calypso SIRIUS Radio with Car Kit. EL (New 2nd-generation) (Canada only). Kenwood H2EV Radio with Car and Home Kits. CL. Tivoli's SIRIUS Table Radio. Models sold:

            . SIRIUS Sportster Radio with Boombox Package. RL.

            Docking Station Package. TL. SIRIUS Sportster Exec. NSX. SIRIUS S50. Integra. EL (Canada only).

            Models sold:

              . SLX (USA only). RL. TL (New 2nd generation).

              NSX. Integra. EL (Canada only). CL.

              Models sold:

                . SLX (USA only). RL. TL.

                NSX. Integra (generation 3.5). EL (Canada only). CL.

                Models sold:

                  . SLX (USA only). RL. TL.

                  NSX. Integra. EL (new) (Canada only). CL.

                  Models sold:

                    . SLX (USA only). RL (new) (3rd-generation Legend). TL.

                    NSX. Integra. Models sold:

                      . TL (new) (2nd-generation Vigor).

                      NSX. Legend. Integra. Models sold:

                        .

                        Vigor. NSX. Legend. Integra (New 3rd generation).

                        Models sold:

                          . Vigor. NSX. Legend.

                          Integra. Models sold:

                            . Vigor. NSX.

                            Legend. Integra. Models sold:

                              . Vigor (New).

                              NSX. Legend (new 2nd-generation). Integra. Models sold:

                                .

                                Legend. Integra (new 2nd-generation). Models sold:

                                  . Legend.

                                  Integra. Models sold:

                                    . Legend. Integra.

                                    Models sold:

                                      . Legend. Integra. Models sold:
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                                        Legend (new). Integra (new). Models sold:

                                          . NSX (exotic coupe).

                                          SLX (SUV, replaced by the MDX). CL (luxury coupe, replaced by the Honda Accord EX V-6 Coupe). Vigor (mid-sized sedan, replaced by the TL). Legend (luxury sedan and coupe, replaced by the RL and CL).

                                          Integra (sports coupe and sedan, replaced by the RSX and the TSX). EL (compact sedan; only available in Canada). CSX (compact sedan) (replacement for the Acura EL, only available in Canada). TSX (mid-size sports sedan).

                                          TL (mid-size sports sedan). RSX (sports coupe). RL (full-size sedan). MDX (crossover SUV).

                                          2007 RD-X compact crossover SUV. Acura RDX will be introduced with SH-AWD. Acura will be introduced in China. 2006

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                                            Acura RL is introduced with revolutionary SH-AWD system. The new Acura TL wins "Consumer's Most Wanted Vehicle" at Edmunds.com. 2005

                                              . 3rd generation Acura TL is introduced and immediately becomes best selling luxury car in the America.

                                              Acura is introduced in Mexico by Honda de Mexico. 2004

                                                . TSX becomes very competitive choice against popular BMW 3-series. Integra was long overdue for redesign.

                                                TSX is introduced as replacement for integra sedan. 2003

                                                  . The MDX wins the prestigious Motor Trend "2001 Sport/Utility of the Year" award. 2001
                                                    .

                                                    The Integra Type-R is introduced. 1997

                                                      . Acura is introduced in Hong Kong by Reliance Motors. Honda's revolutionary VTEC technology is introduced in the NSX.

                                                      The Acura Legend coupe wins Motor Trend's prestigious Import Car of the Year trophy. 1991

                                                        . Acura announces that it will expand research and development in US. Power and Associates.

                                                        D. Acura dealerships in the US win their fifth consecutive first-place ranking on the Customer Satisfaction Index by J. 1990

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