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]