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This page rated by Google as the top Diablo II site has information related to this game. See List of XM Satellite Radio channels. There have been many rumours of the developement of Diablo III. See XM's footprints for the US and Canada. Diablo III is supposed to be the sequel to Diablo II, the popular hack 'n' slash game from Blizzard Entertainment. On November 29, 2005, XM Canada officially launched. XM's Canadian channels appeared on US receivers on November 17, 2005.
After a lengthy debate, Cabinet rejected the appeals on September 9, 2005. The groups objected to the satellite radio applicants' approach to and reduced levels of Canadian Content and French-language programming, along with the exclusion of Canadian non-commercial broadcasting. The decisions were 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. On June 16, 2005, the CRTC approved all three applications.
Along with Sirius Canada and CHUM Subscription Radio Canada, CSR was one of three applications for national subscription radio services submitted to the CRTC. In November 2004, Canadian Satellite Radio filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to bring the XM service to Canada. Unless they unaminously agree otherwise, control of the company remains with the preferred shareholder and noteholders of the company, including Hughes Electronics, GM, Honda, and several private investment groups. At that time, GM owned 8.6% of the Class A common stock (a voting percentage of less than 1%) and Honda owned 13% (with a voting percentage of 3.6%).
Four additional directors are investors, and two are not affiliated with any significant stockholders. The company's May 2004 proxy statement notes that four directors are subject to director designation agreements with GM, American Honda, the chairman, and the CEO. XM manufacturing partners such as Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Yamaha will introduce home audio systems capable of playing XM HD Surround powered by Neural Audio in 2006. XM channels XM Pops and Fine Tuning will broadcast in XM HD Surround 24/7, while XM Live will broadcast the format for new live concerts and events.
The technology, titled XM HD Surround, is a partnership between XM and Neural Audio Corporation which provides content with six discrete channels of digital full fidelity audio powered by Neural Audio technology. Beginning in March 2006, XM will begin broadcasting select channels in 5.1 surround sound audio quality. Due to bandwidth restrictions and a large channel load, the maximum bitrate XM broadcast from its satellite per music channel is limited to 64kbs. Audio channels on XM are digitally compressed using the aacPlus codec from Coding Technologies for most channels, and the AMBE codec from Digital Voice Systems for some voice channels.
American Honda also retains the right to some of the company's bandwidth to transmit coded traffic information directly to navigation systems using TMC technology. XM has agreed to provide 128 kilobits per second of its bandwidth to OnStar Corporation for use with XM-enabled GM vehicles, regardless of whether their owners are XM subscribers. The XM signal uses 12.5 MHz of the S band: 2332.5 to 2345.0 MHz. XM-1 was then moved over next to XM-2, where each satellite operates only one transponder to conserve energy.
To compensate for this flaw, XM-3 was launched earlier than anticipated and moved into XM-1's previous location. Unfortunately, XM-1 and XM-2 are suffering from a generic design fault on the Boeing 702 series of satellites, which means that their lifetimes will be shortened to approximately six years (instead of the design goal of 15 years). The combination of three satellites and a ground-based repeater network is designed to provide gap-free coverage anywhere within the continental U.S. XM-1 ("Roll") and XM-2 ("Rock") are co-located at 115 degrees west longitude and XM-3 ("Rhythm") is located 85 degrees west longitude in addition to a network of ground-based repeaters.
XM provides digital programming directly from three satellites in geostationary orbit above the equator. DirecTV now gives listeners as part of its service the music and talk channels of XM, but not the news or traffic channels. XM also provides data services such as weather information for pilots and weather spotters through it's XM WX Satellite Weather datacasting service, in addition to real-time weather and traffic updates aired every two minutes for major metropolitan areas on some of XM's audio channels. XM is currently the only satellite radio service to offer true mobile services, utilizing the built in antenna in its MyFi to transmit a live satellite signal to Ipod sized battery operated devices.
The Internet-only subscription fee is US$7.99 per month; those with an active satellite subscription do not need to pay an additional charge. XM Satellite Radio produces the majority of its channels, as well as a few others that are not available via satellite, available on the Internet. Subscribers may opt to purchase one-, two-, three-, four-, or five-year packages, in which the average monthly cost would be under US$10.00 per month. If opting for the month-to-month plan, service fees are US$12.95 for the first receiver, and US$6.99 each for up to four additional receivers on the same account.
XM-capable receivers cost US$30 – US$300. . XM was founded in 1992 as American Mobile Radio Corporation. “XM175”, “XM4”, “XM32”).
XM channels are identified by Arbitron with the label “XM” (e.g. Their service includes 67 different music channels, 39 news, sports, talk and entertainment channels, 21 regional traffic and weather channels and 23 play-by-play sports channels. XM provides pay-for-service radio, analogous to premium cable television. XM Satellite Radio NASDAQ: XMSR is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States and Canada based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporation's DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups.
Also, Oprah's team of personalities who appear on her television show will also host programs on the channel. Oprah will host an original weekly XM program. A new channel called "Oprah and Friends" will launch beginning in September 2006. On February 9, 2006, XM announced that they had signed Oprah Winfrey to a three-year contract.
On January 9, 2006, XM wins top honors at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for their two new portable units that also offer live programming on-the-go. On January 4, 2006, XM announced that it has passed the 6 million subscriber mark. On January 2, 2006, XM launched "Fox News Talk", news, analysis and the pulse of the nation from Bill O'Reilly, Tony Snow, John Gibson, Alan Colmes and more. On November 29, 2005, XM launched its service in Canada.
"Lex and Terry", a popular nationally syndicated morning radio program, delivers a unique blend of lifestyle advice, humor and on-air community, especially for men, beginning November 28, 2005, on Extreme XM. "Home Ice", part of XM's sports lineup, featuring NHL games. "Franc Parler", the place for Canadian news, talk, and information. "Canada 360", and "Quoi de Neuf", a 24/7 news and information channel with the latest news, weather, sports, business, entertainment and issues making headlines in Canada and around the world.
"Laugh Attack", Canadian comedic talent. "Sur La Route", a blend of modern and classic pop, folk, rock n' roll, "chanson" and soul featuring the stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow. "Air Musique", French punk, hip-hop, metal, electronic and alternative rock music. "unSigned", which now plays new and recently discovered Canadian artists.
On November 17, 2005, XM launched their new Fall lineup of channels. These include music channels, but not news or sports channels. On November 15, 2005, DirecTV began carrying 72 channels of XM programming. On October 18, 2005, XM announced that it will launch "Fox News Talk" Radio in January 2006.
Additionally, XM Radio drops two of its Talk and Entertainment channels: MTV and VH1. This channel is geared toward Women's Programming and features replays of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", "The Tyra Banks Show", syndicated and original programming, as well as programming from Food Network and HGTV. On October 3, 2005, XM Radio launched channel "Take 5" (XM 155). On October 3, 2005, XM announced that it had added more than 617,000 subscribers in Q3 2005, pushing their total subscriber base to over 5.03 million.
This includes music channels, "Home Plate" (XM 175), and "High Voltage" (XM 202). On September 27, 2005, XM announced that starting on November 15th, 2005, DirecTV will carry 72 channels as part of their audio programming. On September 27, 2005, XM announced that it surpassed the 5 million subscriber mark. On September 13, 2005, XM announced a multi-year deal to carry National Hockey League broadcasts beginning with the 2005-06 season, initially sharing the coverage with Sirius but gaining satellite-radio exclusivity from 2007 onward.
They join Opie and Anthony on High Voltage XM 202 on September 12th, 2005. On August 1, 2005, XM announced the addition of popular radio hosts Ron and Fez. On July 1, 2005, XM announced that it had added more than 640,000 subscribers in Q2 2005, pushing their total subscriber base to over 4.4 million. On June 07, 2005, XM partnered with Audible.com to offer downloadable audio show archives of The Opie and Anthony Show, as well as The Bob Edwards Show.
On May 28, 2005, the Wall Street Journal reported that XM had awarded the contract for the XM 5 spacecraft to Space Systems/Loral (see also ). In 5 weeks time, they have added 230,000 subscribers — almost 50% the subscribers added in the previous quarter. This indicates exponential growth for the company. On May 16, 2005, XM announced that subscribership topped the 4 million mark.
On April 11, 2005, XM announced that a deal had been reached to be the official satellite radio network of Air America Radio. On April 1, 2005, XM announced that it had added 540,000 subscribers in Q1 2005, pushing their total subscriber base to 3.77 million. On February 28, 2005, XM's third satellite, Rhythm, was launched successfully. On January 5, 2005, XM announces the introduction of two more XM2go™ models: Pioneer's AirWare™ and the Tao™ from Giant International.
As of the 2005 season, XM had exclusive satellite radio broadcast rights to all Major League Baseball games. On December 30, 2004, XM announced that it had 3.1 million subscribers. On October 26, 2004, XM presents its first XM2go™ portable XM receiver: The Delphi MyFi™. On October 4, 2004, former National Public Radio host Bob Edwards broadcast the first Bob Edwards Show on XM Public Radio, channel 133.
On October 4, 2004, "shock" jocks Opie and Anthony began broadcasting on a premium ($2.99/month extra) XM Satellite Radio. The Acura TL was the first luxury automobile to offer XM radio as "standard" in every vehicle. The company partnered with both luxury automakers: (Acura and Audi) as well as others: (General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and SAAB) to offer in-dash XM receivers on an OEM basis. On August 11, 2004, XM's subscriber base broke the 2.5 million mark.
On March 1, 2004, XM Radio launched Instant Traffic and Weather Channels for major metropolitan markets in the United States. In July 2003 the company had nearly 700,000 subscribers. In December 2002, revenues were lower than expected, and the company obtained $200 million in new funds and a $250 million payment deferral from General Motors. In 2001, XM service was launched, first in San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth and then nationwide.
In July 2000, American Honda joined several private investors in a $235 million preferred stock investment in the company. Both Clear Channel and DIRECTV agreed to develop services for XM. In June 1999, Clear Channel Communications, DirecTV, General Motors, and a private investment group invested $250 million in XM Radio convertible debt. In October 1997 the company obtained one of only two satellite digital audio radio service licenses offered by the Federal Communications Commission.