Some stations that are only available on Sirius XM Radio include Sirius XM Hits 1, Sirius XM Chill, Sirius XM Bleacher Report Radio and Sirius XM Insight. Sirius XM also has exclusive rights to The Howard Stern Show, as of 2015. Sirius merged with XM Satellite Radio on March 24, 2008, and subscribers have access to channels from both companies.
Satellite radio is a service based on paid subscriptions, which allows programs to broadcast with few or no commercials. The number of channels available to subscribers is based on the specific package chosen. In addition to a subscription, customers need a satellite radio tuner, antenna and receiver to use the service.
Sirius Satellite Radio was founded on May 17, 1990, and launched in July, 2002. It broadcasts 69 music channels plus 65 channels of sports, traffic reports, talk and entertainment. Sirius is available 24 hours a day and 78 of its channels are also available for Internet streaming.
Sirius XM has music channels dedicated to specific genres or musicians, such as '80s on 8, BB King's Bluesville, Grateful Dead Channel and Classic Rewind. Popular channels include Howard 101, which broadcasts The Howard Stern Show and Octane, which plays new hard rock music. Sirius does not carry local radio stations.