Satellite Radio


Well, I've been waffling on getting a satellite radio for about 3 years now.  At first I used the excuse that it was too complicated back when you had to have a US address to sign up, even though I know lots of folks up here who had done it.  (Apparently there was even an internet outfit that catered to that very detail as part of their sales pitch for Canadians by providing an american mailing address you could use when signing up.)  And when satellite radio finally launched in Canada, I said I didn't want to because I had a 20-GB MP3 player, so what was the point of a subscription radio service?  And there's the crux of it, what it really came down to was I didn't want to pay a monthly fee for radio service...

I got over it...  After listening to the local radio DJ's drone on and on about the merits of UFC, followed by another 5-hour drive to Edmonton with the same tired old songs, I just couldn't take it any more!  So before I turned around for another 5-hour drive home, I went out and got myself a new Sirius radio.  Initial impression?  Not bad.  The music is good, the hardware was easy to install and it even includes live streaming radio over the internet for in the house.  I even like the auto-search feature that seeks out your favorite songs and artists and lets you know if they are playing on another channel.  And, of course, the drive home was much more pleasent with a little fresh music along the way.

On the downside, the home kit I bought came with a defective AC adaptor.  I tried calling the warranty service line and they insisted that I take it to a retailer ("any retailer") in town for an exchanger.  Not surprisingly, the local retailers were glad to help... until they found out that I bought it in Edmonton.  So another call to Erikson (the manufacturer of the Sirius hardware) and I'm waiting for a call back while they determine whether they can send me a replacement adaptor.  Guess there's still some hope...  Maybe I'll be listening to satellite radio in my living room yet.