Originally Posted by BK89
Care to give your reason why?
Sure. With the merger the channels have all become the same. They may have slightly different names (like Sirius Hits 1 vs 20on20 - same channel) but they're all merged (too bad they didn't merge the channel numbers, too).
There is still some exclusive content on XM and some other exclusive content on Sirius. The deal though, is that, if you go XM and then get the 'XM Everything + Best of Sirius' package you essentially get everything from both providers (which I realize is stupid to say since they're one company now). The last time I looked there were only about 3 or so channels (nothing major) missing from going with XM Everything + Best of Sirius. You'd have to do a side-by-side comparison of their lineup to figure out which ones they are. If you're a sports fan and you go the XM+BoS route you end up getting all of the sport channels.
There also seems to be a push to encourage people to go to XM over Sirius. I remember reading somewhere (another forum) that Sirius had stopped all production of new Sirius radios and what we're seeing now now is the last of the radios trickling through the retail outlets. Someone correct this if they know it's wrong, please.
The XM-side has also seen a pretty decent trimming of it's radios. I believe the current retail offering (not including old radios still on the shelf at Walmart or refurbs you find online) are:
- XM SkyDock (works nicely with your iPhone or iPod Touch)
- XM Xpress RCi (nice color display with channel logos)
- XM Onyx (color display, no logos)
- (new) XM Snap (basically it's an inexpensive radio on a cigarette-lighter stalk - even has a 'As seen on TV' label on it
Of course, they announced Sirius/XM 2.0 last Summer but no details. Just that it'll be super-amazing, etc. So you may want to wait for that. It sounded like a lot of fluff to me.
If you're locked into Lifetime with Sirius then you're best bet is probably to just wait it out and see if they offer some kind of transition-deal later. Otherwise, if you're at the end of your subscription it seems like most folks (excepting for those few who really like one or more of those 3 or so channels on Sirius but not XM) would be better off just going with XM+BoS.
Also, if you plan to listen at home you can buy an XM Repeater off of Amazon for ~$20. With this you can plug your XM Xpress RCi or Onyx into your home stereo with the home dock and place the XM antenna plugged into the repeater either near a window or even outdoors (you'd probably want an outdoor antenna but the repeater can be outdoors - you just want to keep it out of the rain or direct sunlight) and then listen without the hassle of running wires.
Sirius had a similar repeater (Sirius Echo Repeater) but it has been discontinued (a few years back) and you're only likely to find it (expensive) on eBay.
The only downside I can think of is the Wife-Acceptance-Factor for the channel numbers. If she's used to listening to Sirius Hits 1 (channel 1 on Sirius) she'll now need to go over to 20on20 on XM (same programming but on channel-20). Think of it like shifting from DirecTV to Dish Network. All the channels are basically there but the channel numbers will be different.