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At a conference call to announce Sirius XM’s second quarter financial results, Jim Meyer announced that Sirius XM 2.0 will begin rolling out in phases by the end of this year alongside the release of two next-generation radios. Sirius XM 2.0 will feature more channels, more functions and will integrate WiFi, Bluetooth and the Internet to offer true personalization of the content Sirius XM will have to offer in 2012 and beyond.
Sirius XM anticipates at least one automotive partner will announce factory integration of Sirius XM 2.0 at the beginning of next year and hopes to roll out vehicles with factory integration in time for 2013 models. One of the biggest features being offered is the ability to pause and rewind most of a channel’s content by up to five hours. In addition, on-demand programming will also begin early next year. Best of all, the new platform will allow software updates to radios, allowing users to update their features without having to purchase new hardware.
[Source: Cartech Blog]
20 years ago, buying a Hyundai (and a used one at that) was seen as a sign of failure, as Glengarry Glen Ross alluded to. Now, mercifully, not so much. And to reiterate this bit of pop-culture-driven consumer advice, Hyundai is offering three months of free XM satellite radio on all Hyundais within their Certified Pre-Owned program.
“Hyundai drivers have come to expect high quality, reliability and safety across our entire model lineup,” said Jose Froehlich, manager of Hyundai CPO. “SiriusXM programming highlights the innovative features that make driving a Hyundai vehicle enjoyable.”
Hyundai already offers satellite radios on most of their new cars, and this is only available on cars already equipped from the factory; don’t count them to jam a new head unit in for you. Still, among non-luxury manufacturers Hyundai’s offer is unique: let’s see Alec Baldwin get satellite radio on his $80,000 BMW! Then again, that’s from 1992. Never mind.