Satellite Radio Begins A La Carte Programming; Compatible 'Starmate 5' Receiver Introduced

First of the "A La Carte" offerings, radio ready.
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First of the "A La Carte" offerings, radio ready.

Sirius XM is promoting some of each other's programming on their respective Web sites, as the first so-called "A La Carte" offerings are ready. Also, the first radio compatible with the new "mixed" programming has been introduced.

The Sirius Starmate 5 lists for just under $130 and is available from Best Buy, Crutchfield, RadioShack and regional retailers.

The "Best of Both" packages cost $16.99 a month, a little over $4 over the price of current subscriber packages, Sirius XM said.


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