SiriusXM and Volvo Make Traffic and Weather Service A 4 Year Deal

12-19 volvoSiriusXM and Volvo Cars of North America have announced that Volvo customers will automatically receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and weather information when purchasing any new Model Year 2015.5 vehicle equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, Volvo’s connected car platform.  The new deal could help SiriusXM in developing services beyond satellite radio.  Terms of the deal, and whether or not SiriusXM receives revenue from Volvo were not disclosed.

SiriusXM has offered these types of additional services for quite some time, though consumer traction has been slow to adopt.  The services have gained much more traction as a “value add” service through car makers.  In terms of the size and scope of this deal, Volvo sold 61,000 vehicles in 2013 and thus far in 2014 has sold 51,000.  Not all Volvo’s will have this system installed.

Volvo offers consumers a 6 month trial subscription in cars equipped with satellite radio.  Stay Tuned!

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Can Old Lawsuit Help SiriusXM in New Lawsuit?

As many readers know, SiriusXM has faced some legal setbacks recently with regard to pre-1972 music recordings.  The Turtles, authors of “Happy Together”, have sued the satellite radio provider in several states over royalties.  The current laws for royalties cover songs after 1972, leaving a loop hole of sorts in what happens with pre-1972 recordings…. → Read More

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SiriusXM Settles Over Automatic Renewal – Pays $3.8 million

File this in the category of “headache gone”.  SiriusXM has agreed to settle an action by several Attorney General’s to refund about $3.8 million dollars to consumers who’s service was automatically renewed but undesired.  As part of the settlement, Sirius XM has also agreed to make several changes to its business, including improving its cancellation process and… → Read More

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November 2014 Auto Sales A Mixed Bag, But Good For SiriusXM

The reports from the auto sector were a mixed bag of sorts, but overall the numbers will treat SiriusXM just fine.  Auto sales were a mixed bag because some OEM’s saw year over year declines.  Despite this fact, overall auto sales were 55,000 units higher than November of 2013.  November of 2014 saw sales come… → Read More

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Will Liberty and SiriusXM Merge

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October Auto Sales Top Expectations

October saw auto sales beat expectations as October of 2014 was the best October seen in many years.  Sales came in at an impressive 1.277 million, an improvement over the 1.203 million sold in October of 2013.  The news sets up a good start to the Q4 numbers and should also bode well for SiriusXM… → Read More

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SiriusXM Earnings Look Good, But Look Deeper

SiriusXM reported earnings today, and at first blush it would appear that the company met expectations, and is performing well enough to raise some guidance metrics for the balance of the year.  The company reported record revenue, saw net income increase 117%, had a record $381 million in adjusted EBITDA, has repurchased $2.1 billion in… → Read More

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SiriusXM Earnings Are On Tap

We are just a day away from SiriusXM announcing its Q3 earnings.  The company appears to have had a very good Q3 in that it raised subscriber guidance over a month ago.  Auto Sales in 2014 have been strong, and the company seems to have seen good traction in the used car segment as well…. → Read More

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SiriusXM Inks Deal With Maserati

SiriusXM announced today that buyers of Maserati cars will be able to receive 3 months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio included in the purchase of the car.  Buyers of  the Quattroporte or Ghibli vehicles will get advanced services which includes 4 years of traffic conditions, weather, fuel, scores, and movie listings. SiriusXM has been available in… → Read More

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SiriusXM To Report Q3 Results

File under….Thank God…. SiriusXM will announce its Q3 results on October 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM.  This news is welcomed because SiriusXM has been drifting downward for a couple of weeks now and perhaps the good quarter that the company will soon announce can be enough to apply the brakes on this slide.  SiriusXM already… → Read More