Three years after merging together, SiriusXM is now overhauling its channel lineup, finally forcing both Sirius and XM subscribers to dial into identical channel numbers.
The reorganization primarily allows the satellite radio giant to organize its channels by content. All channels within the same genre will be grouped together, and related genres will be located near to one another in the lineup. It will also be adding more local traffic channels, as well as a dedicated “pop-up” channels, which only play for a limited amount of time. Similar channels that were previously only available to either Sirius subscribers or XM subscribers will also be combined into a single station (much like how Sirius XMU absorbed XM's Left of Center channel, for instance), and more channels will be available by means of the company's streaming online radio service.
When subscribers turn on their radios this Wednesday, May 4, they will find the new channel lineup already in play, although SiriusXM says that they will not need to reset any radio presets -- the new channel numbers should transfer over for most subscribers' radios along (although some customers will need to refresh their receivers).
The stations will now be sorted starting with the pop stations, followed by rock, hip-hop, dance, country, and so on. The satellite radio service provides over 135 channels of music, news, and entertainment to more than 20.2 million subscribers nationwide. SiriusXM is available on almost every make and model in the U.S. from Acura to Volkswagen (and also Harley-Davidson motorcycles!). Make sure to check out the full channel list at on SiriusXM’s site, and don’t forget to reset your dials on Wednesday.