TORONTO, Ont. — XM Radio launched its Canadian satellite radio service this morning.
The service includes the majority of the U.S. stations offered by XM, with the exception of some U.S.-based traffic and weather stations. The Canadian lineup includes eight Canadian stations, including four in French.
XM’s channel lineup includes 80 stations featuring commercial-free music, talk programming, news and NHL play-by-play coverage (up to 1,000 games per year).
“Canadians have been waiting for XM and now we’re going to give them what they want superior choice, sound and signal quality,” said Stephen Tapp, president and COO of XM Canada. “With more than five million subscribers and growing, XM is the undisputed leader in satellite radio. We will offer many channels from XM Satellite Radio’s award-winning U.S. programming lineup while adding our new original Canadian programming.”
Customers can purchase an XM radio at most major electronics stores including Future Shop and Best Buy. They must then subscribe to the service for $12.99/month to receive the programming.
For a full report on XM’s new Canadian service and programming lineup, see the January issues of Truck News and Truck West.
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