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kingpin_rcs
02-14-2005, 11:14 PM
Does anybody have XM Radio? They signed a deal with MLB so that you will be able to get all MLB games. The service is $10 a month and the MLB games are included with that. This seems like a great option for listening to the games during my evening commute (most games start at 5pm my time).

Is the service reliable? What hardware should I buy?

NSSoxFan
02-14-2005, 11:19 PM
Does anybody have XM Radio? They signed a deal with MLB so that you will be able to get all MLB games. The service is $10 a month and the MLB games are included with that. This seems like a great option for listening to the games during my evening commute (most games start at 5pm my time).

Is the service reliable? What hardware should I buy?

I am also mildly interested in getting the portable XM walkman. The one thing for me is if it works outside of the United States. Does anyone know the answer to this?

siugrad25
02-14-2005, 11:30 PM
I've had XM now for a good three years. I bought it when I lived in South Florida because they had such horrible radio stations (which they are getting better now). I got a great family and friends discount from them at the time for like $99 and all I had to do was have it installed.

The stations are pretty good. Love the fact that their music stations are commercial free. Some of their pop stations tend not to be completely up-to-date, but overall for the experience and wealth of channels/options I love it. I do find that once in a while out here my signal briefly will go out when I go past taller buildings (never had that in Fla.).

As for the MLB package, for the $10 a month fee to get the majority of MLB games on the radio is fantastic. I had the MLB package for DirecTV but found that I would miss a lot of games b/c of work and driving so this is obviously a great move by them. I can't wait to listen to Marlins games when the Sox games are on commerical break. Currently they play some ACC/Big 10 and other conference b-ball and football games and play whatever ESPN/ESPN 2 have on their stations. They also carry the live feed from ESPN News. For the sports alone IMO it's a great deal.

I_Liked_Manuel
02-15-2005, 12:14 AM
i've had xm in my house and car since christmas, and it has been one of the best gifts i've ever gotten. for me, it's nice to have a dozen commercial free rock stations, a ton of news stations, and big 10 radio.

one thing i'm not sure about with mlb being on xm is if they're going to do it like the b10 games, where they only pick up the home team's radio feed.

hosieryofthegods
02-15-2005, 12:45 AM
MLB Home Plate™ (http://www.xmradio.com/programming/channel_page.jsp?ch=175) - XM 175



The best games of the week. Classic Major League Baseball game broadcasts. Home Plate - XM 175 is your source for all things baseball. Hear it, live it and don't miss a minute of your favorite teams, your favorite announcers and your favorite moments in baseball history and the upcoming season.
details... (http://www.xmradio.com/programming/channel_page.jsp?ch=175)

http://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/bg_whitedots.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://img.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gi***B Play-by Play Channels (http://www.xmradio.com/programming/channel_page.jsp?ch=176) - XM 176-190



Starting with Spring Training coverage on March 3, XM brings you LIVE, play-by-play game broadcasts from every MLB team, all season long on XM Channels 176-189. Select MLB games will be broadcast in Spanish on XM 190.
Sorry about how that pasted on there. Doesn't appear that they will have dual broadcasts. I'm not gonna look a gifthorse in the mouth. I am sooooo happy that this is even an issue.:rolleyes:

Soxzilla
02-15-2005, 07:21 AM
I've had XM since the middle of last year and I love it. I usually switch between XM 47 amd XM 48, and either one will have a song I want to listen to 90% of the time. Granted, all the equipment came pre-installed in my car, so I didn't have to spend hundreds on getting it installed...I hear that can be pretty expensive.

kraut83
02-15-2005, 07:57 AM
You can get the Roady unit for right around $100, and install it yourself if you want. It's not as clean of a look, with the wires coming out the side & plugged into your lighter, but it's good if you're on a budget. My reccomendation though: Go online and get a remote. The controls are kind of small & it helps out a lot.

infohawk
02-15-2005, 08:58 AM
I purchased the portable XM walkman radio a little over a month ago. I enjoy it immensely. One of the main reasons I decided to get one was because of the major league baseball coverage. I'm living in central Illinois and can't get any Sox games televised on WCIU out of Chicago. The radio broadcast on AM1000 doesn't reach me either. I also play softball in another city a couple of days each week in the summer, and the XM radio will allow me to listen to the games while I commute. No more having to turn on AM670 in my car after a softball game, wait for score updates, and hope I can make them out thru the static.

You Chicago and suburban folks should feel fortunate that you have a fairly brief drive to the park, have access to the televised games that aren't on Fox/Comcast or WGN and don't need a satellite radio to listen to a game on the radio. I grew up in the south suburbs, but my career has taken me about three hours south. It makes a difference! If I still lived near Chicago, I'd probably get one of the partial season ticket plans. As it stands now, I try to plan a couple White Sox weekends to make the three hour drive more worth my while.

Medford Bobby
02-15-2005, 10:36 AM
Best site I have found for learning about SAT radio, finding the right hardware, how much to pay, programming, etc, go to http://xmfan.com/

When I get my XM radio, I may go thru these guys as their prices are reasonable.
:D: Crank up those spring training games.........................!

tlebar318
02-15-2005, 11:17 AM
I have XM and I love it! I have the "boombox" and take it everywhere that I go including work. Besides the gift of MLB games being added this year I love the variety of music. I was a college student in the 80's and I love the "Boneyard" on XM station 41 which plays all the old metal hits of the day. You have to pay for 2 month of service upfront and then it is $11.47 per month which includes tax. You need a Visa or a debit card and they deduct the money automatically on a monthly basis. I love to sit outside drinking a cold one and listen to it. I am really looking forward to catching the Sox games with the home audio feed.

:gulp:

24thStFan
02-15-2005, 11:19 AM
I've had XM since Christmas in my car (pre-installed) and at home (recever and boombox unit for about $175 total). The car unit works without a hitch unless I'm in a tunnel. Once I got the antenna positioned correctly the at-home boombox sounds great, too. I get momentary interference from the microwave and portable phone, but the station returns momentarily.

I love being able to listen to commercial free radio and the playlists on all the stations are incredible. I live in Florida and this is a great year for listening to Big Ten basketball--Go Illini!

I can't wait for the baseball season to start, which is the primary reason I went with XM. I recommend it without reservations.

MRKARNO
02-15-2005, 11:53 AM
There was a deal where you could get the portable one for $100 off list price at the Auto Show, so I got one. It should be coming in the next day or too :D:

NonetheLoaiza
02-15-2005, 12:10 PM
Does the boombox come with the reciever? Because I saw one where the reciever is sold seperately...Or is there a boombox that is just like 175 plus XM fee.

I want to get it to hear Dave do his thing in Tampa...

tlebar318
02-15-2005, 12:25 PM
Does the boombox come with the reciever? Because I saw one where the reciever is sold seperately...Or is there a boombox that is just like 175 plus XM fee.

I want to get it to hear Dave do his thing in Tampa...


Boombox is sold seperately...I paid about the same for the receiver as I did for the boombox. The faceplate which is the actual Skyfi receiver can be used in any of the XM equipment out there....I only paid about $175-$180 for both the receiver and the boombox though here in Orlando....purchased at Wal-Mart

JKryl
02-15-2005, 12:37 PM
Boombox is sold seperately...I paid about the same for the receiver as I did for the boombox. The faceplate which is the actual Skyfi receiver can be used in any of the XM equipment out there....I only paid about $175-$180 for both the receiver and the boombox though here in Orlando....purchased at Wal-Mart

Do you know if the boom box will work in one of the downtown sky scrapers? Or, do you need an external antenna?

NonetheLoaiza
02-15-2005, 12:41 PM
Boombox is sold seperately...I paid about the same for the receiver as I did for the boombox. The faceplate which is the actual Skyfi receiver can be used in any of the XM equipment out there....I only paid about $175-$180 for both the receiver and the boombox though here in Orlando....purchased at Wal-Mart

Thank you for the help. With baseball on XM, the deal is too good to pass up for me.

tlebar318
02-15-2005, 12:59 PM
Do you know if the boom box will work in one of the downtown sky scrapers? Or, do you need an external antenna?


I am not sure---not many skyscrapers down here in Orlando :D:

The boombox has a small satellite receiver that when I have been in taller buildings I just stuck it on the windowsill and it worked fine....You can point the receiver "dish" whatever direction you want so you could probably move it around to experiment until you get full strength--there is a signal strength displayed on the receiver face plate...anyone who still lives in Chicago--Can you answer the question of whether the XM works ok downtown amongst the tall buildings?

Rocklive99
02-15-2005, 01:42 PM
There's also a boombox that has everything installed, never seen it in person though so don't know how portable it is. Just goto Bestbuy.com and search " Audiophase XM "

tlebar318
02-15-2005, 02:41 PM
There's also a boombox that has everything installed, never seen it in person though so don't know how portable it is. Just goto Bestbuy.com and search " Audiophase XM "

Yeah I heard about that one but it is like $350--from what I heard about this one you can keep a couple of hours of music "recorded" to play back at any time and the receiver "dish" if you will is inside the unit so it is less bulky--For $175 I will stick with the cheaper version of the boombox I currently have...

FoulTerritory
02-15-2005, 02:43 PM
imho:

it sucks that xm got the baseball deal, because having had subscriptions to both, I think that Sirius is a superior product, not to mention they have the NFL and NBA deals. Now, if you are desperate for baseball, you have to get XM instead of sirius, and miss out on what I beleive is higher quality programming, and the other sports leagues packages etc.

Oh well.

AZChiSoxFan
02-15-2005, 03:25 PM
Does anybody have XM Radio? They signed a deal with MLB so that you will be able to get all MLB games. The service is $10 a month and the MLB games are included with that. This seems like a great option for listening to the games during my evening commute (most games start at 5pm my time).

Is the service reliable? What hardware should I buy?

As others have noted, I suggest you get the boombox as well, or the Roady with a home kit, that way you can listen in the car, as well as in the comfort of your living room.

NSSoxFan
02-15-2005, 03:34 PM
Anyone know if satellite radio works internationally?

nccwsfan
02-15-2005, 06:55 PM
I just bought the XM MyFi portable last Saturday. If you don't have XM do yourself a favor and save up to buy this. It is $350 for the portable receiver and $10 per month for the service.

You can get every White Sox game on the radio, and you can hear it crystal clear anywhere on our good planet Earth. It was a great purchase and I would gladly recommend it to any baseball fan....:bandance:

Rocklive99
02-15-2005, 07:10 PM
Yeah I heard about that one but it is like $350--from what I heard about this one you can keep a couple of hours of music "recorded" to play back at any time and the receiver "dish" if you will is inside the unit so it is less bulky--For $175 I will stick with the cheaper version of the boombox I currently have...

I think you're thinking about a different one, this one is prob a little older than the one you described, and I don't think it has the playback, Actually lemme check...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1083711826691&skuId=6684661&type=product The one I'm talking about is $142 and has a CD player, maybe an FM/AM tuner too but I'm not sure

indysoxfan
02-15-2005, 07:59 PM
I just bought the XM MyFi portable last Saturday. If you don't have XM do yourself a favor and save up to buy this. It is $350 for the portable receiver and $10 per month for the service.

You can get every White Sox game on the radio, and you can hear it crystal clear anywhere on our good planet Earth. It was a great purchase and I would gladly recommend it to any baseball fan....:bandance:

dont you have to be outside for this to work? And, aren't the satellites in a geostationary orbit over the United States?

nccwsfan
02-15-2005, 08:13 PM
dont you have to be outside for this to work? And, aren't the satellites in a geostationary orbit over the United States?

I'm able to get the signal in just about every room in the house- you have to be in proximity of windows, but all in all I'm able to listen to the radio as I'm walking around inside. I'm in a hotel room right now and am getting a crystal clear signal....don't know the answer to the other question.

NSSoxFan
02-15-2005, 08:13 PM
dont you have to be outside for this to work? And, aren't the satellites in a geostationary orbit over the United States?

No. What??:?:

TornLabrum
02-15-2005, 08:39 PM
No. What??:?:

He's asking if the satellite is in a geosynchronous orbit.

NSSoxFan
02-15-2005, 08:48 PM
He's asking if the satellite is in a geosynchronous orbit.

Oh, that clears it up.

JKryl
02-15-2005, 08:53 PM
Geosynchronous just means that the satellite is high enough so that as it orbits the earth, it stays above the same point (above Mexico City for example), otherwise, the satellite would be wizzing by and the signal would be dropping out all the time.

skobabe8
02-15-2005, 08:58 PM
Anyone know if satellite radio works internationally?

I lived in Toronto last year, and my XM worked pretty well up there. Granted, its not too far into Canada. I did experience some problems downtown amongst the high rises. In Chicago, the only time I really experienced problems was in the parking garages. Once in a great while on the surface streets.

Overall, XM = AWESOME. The college basketball channels are soooo sweet, and they dont necessarily only pick up the home announcers broadcast feeds. Every IU broadcast has had the hoosier announcers, including tonights sorry loss at ohio state.:angry:

XM will be worth its weight in gold out here once opening day comes! :supernana:

rwcescato
02-15-2005, 09:46 PM
I've had XM now for a good three years. I bought it when I lived in South Florida because they had such horrible radio stations (which they are getting better now). I got a great family and friends discount from them at the time for like $99 and all I had to do was have it installed.

The stations are pretty good. Love the fact that their music stations are commercial free. Some of their pop stations tend not to be completely up-to-date, but overall for the experience and wealth of channels/options I love it. I do find that once in a while out here my signal briefly will go out when I go past taller buildings (never had that in Fla.).

As for the MLB package, for the $10 a month fee to get the majority of MLB games on the radio is fantastic. I had the MLB package for DirecTV but found that I would miss a lot of games b/c of work and driving so this is obviously a great move by them. I can't wait to listen to Marlins games when the Sox games are on commerical break. Currently they play some ACC/Big 10 and other conference b-ball and football games and play whatever ESPN/ESPN 2 have on their stations. They also carry the live feed from ESPN News. For the sports alone IMO it's a great deal.

The mlb games is exactly the reason I was looking forward to purchasing one.They also are going to have 24 hr MLB station with old games and talk on it. It should be exciting.
Rich

hosieryofthegods
02-16-2005, 01:57 AM
Anyone know if satellite radio works internationally?

I went everywhere in Canada(B.C., Sask, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec) and it worked everywhere. Also works in Mexico, at least 50 miles in.:D:

Overseas, I would doubt it, as the satellite is over the US (Southern) all the time.

hosieryofthegods
02-16-2005, 02:00 AM
Is XM Service available in Canada and Mexico?XM is only licensed to provide service to the US (All states except Alaska and Hawaii), its territories and adjacent waters. XM's satellite signal reaches into portions of Canada and Mexico near the U.S. borders however, XM's service is not currently sold in Canada, Mexico or any other region outside of the continental United States.http://www.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://www.xmradio.com/images/arrow_up_red.gif Back to Top (http://www.xmradio.com/faq/faq_list_servlet.jsp?section_id=2&section_main=XM Satellite Radio#)http://www.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://www.xmradio.com/images/greydots_445.gifhttp://www.xmradio.com/images/spacer.gif

There's your answer.

nccwsfan
02-16-2005, 06:31 AM
The mlb games is exactly the reason I was looking forward to purchasing one.They also are going to have 24 hr MLB station with old games and talk on it. It should be exciting.
Rich

Their MLB station began programming yesterday- very nice. :cool: One note for those interested- they will only carry the White Sox feed of Rooney/Farmer for games played at the Cell. All of the road games will be carried by the home team feed (example: games at Tropicana Field in TB will have Willsy & other instead of Rooney/Farmer).

kraut83
02-16-2005, 03:19 PM
This (http://http://www.xmradio.com/xstream/index.jsp) should solve the skyscraper & international questions. I just added it to my service.

brocco bry
02-16-2005, 09:17 PM
I am curious if the portable works on the bus and the el? Thanks.