According to Sirius Backstage
Sirius will offer
online only subscription called “Sirius Internet Radio Plus”. The service will offer CD-quality sound on the music channels and select talk channels including Howard 100/101 at 48kbps.
Hate to be a stickler – but 48kbps is not CD quality.
Cost – $12.99 per month for newbies – and and extra $2.99 per month for existing subscribers.
Not sure what the point of this is. The extra boost in stream quality doesn’t out-weight the fact the content is still tethered to a computer device with an internet connection.
What the satcasters really need to be doing online is –
A.) Offer tiered programming packages for reduced costs.
All the rock channels for $6.99 per month.
All the “hits” channels for $6.99 a month.
Mix and match package of 10 channels of your choice for $4.99- $6.99 per month.
Let the Howard Channels become a premium channels for $5.99 per month all by itself.
B.) Offer internet only channels.
I know for a fact the satcasters have ideas and even fully produced concept channels that they simply don’t have enough bandwidth on the satellite to run. Put’em online.
But hey, I’m just a terrestrial radio guy – what do I know. ,-)