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Report: SiriusXM Satellite Radio 2.0 to launch next month

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According to Joseph Palenchar at Twice.com, VP of retail sales Mike Roberts announced that Satellite Radio 2.0 will launch next month.

Robert’s said the first universal tuner, intended for in-vehicle installation and connection to multiple brands of satellite-ready head units, will not support 2.0 service, but a new version will be available with 2.0 compatibility next year.

Satellite Radio 2.0 will offer 30 additional channels of service which will be transmitted through XM Radios satellites. Sirius Satellites will not broadcast the new service and Roberts expects auto makers currently offering Sirius receivers to move to the XM platform. It has been a rumor that Sirius XM would slowly transition to the XM platform and Satellite Radio 2.0 looks to be the first step towards the transition.

As previously mentioned the two new Satellite Radio 2.0 receivers will offer replay and time-shift functions (some current models already offer this function). The additional channels will also be available through Sirius Xm online, these On-Demand Music and Talk channels should be available by early next year.

According to Roberts Sirius XM will use “Bandwidth Cloning” technology to offer these 30 additional channels with no loss in audio quality.

More information as it becomes available.