jimyvr
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XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:22 am

Starting 01MAR07, Air Canada has closed its own inflight audio entertainment and XM Satellite Radio will be providing up to 20 audio music channel contents.

Channels that are available to Air Canada can be found below
www.xmradio.ca/aircanada
1000 - 01MAR07 | http://airlineroute.blogspot.com/
 
boeingfever777
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:32 am

I believe you mean Sirius now.
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cnz3
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:42 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 1):
Sirius

No, it's XM. Air Canada's Enroute monthly guide shows ten (10) channels, but with two XM channels from the site mentioned by the OP per 1 of AC's channels (save for the Decades channel which has 3, and the Kids channel with 1). The guide explains it better than I can. Should be better than what it was on my last flight YYC-YYZ (fin 206, new interior). There wasn't much selection in terms of audio, and I like to listen to music while working. Good on AC for installing this.

March enRoute Guide (PDF - 1 Mb)
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threepoint
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:46 am

Quoting CNZ3 (Reply 2):
No, it's XM.

For now. What I believe BoeingFever777 was referring to is the planned merger between the two satellite radio providers, which may be encountering some opposition.
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boeingfever777
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:53 am

Quoting CNZ3 (Reply 2):
No, it's XM.

XM is being bought out.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aDvYDHUEIIGc

Sirius to Acquire Larger Rival XM for $4.57 Billion (Correct)

By Christopher Stern

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. agreed to buy larger rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. for $4.57 billion in stock to combine the only pay radio companies and stem billions of dollars in losses.

Mel Karmazin, chief executive officer of New York-based Sirius, will be CEO of the combined company, and Gary Parsons, chairman of Washington-based XM, will continue as chairman, the companies said today in a statement.
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cnz3
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:22 am

Well you learn something new every day. My bad. Are they still going to keep brand identities or what? It just makes sense for AC to have XM radio with the whole Project XM thing.
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Go3Team
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:39 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 4):
XM is being bought out.

It's a merger. M-E-R-G-E-R. Lots of tough hurdles ahead if it is to work out.
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scrubbsywg
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:43 am

The prospective merger between Sirius and XM is for the United States operations. I received an email saying, at this point, there will be no change in the Canadian market for satellite radio. Of course, some stations may change, but as of now, there are no plans for only one satellite radio provider in Canada. Our CRTC(similar to the FCC) is a bit more stringent I suspect.
 
gigneil
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:12 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 4):
XM is being bought out.

That article is completely and utterly wrong. It is a zero dollar transaction and is structured as a merger of equals.

Further, the surviving company will be XM Satellite Radio, not Sirius Holdings.

I am extremely surprised by the poor quality of reporting from Bloomberg on this topic, since generally I hold them in extremely high regard.

NS
 
aad665
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:48 pm

Hi,

Pretty bad choice of station.

Only 2...I mean 2 or 10% french channel station for 33% of the Canadian population.

BAD BAD BAD

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ZBBYLW
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:55 pm

Wow, this is to bad. I really enjoyed the enroute radio AC had. Now my questions are how about international flights will they work outside of North America, or will it be somewhat like WS with their satellite TV and only work over land etc... If this is the case, it is a very large downgrade IMO. Also only 20 channels, I used to love to be able to choose what Genre/Artist etc... This is a major downgrade in this regard. Overall its to bad, especially since there will be only 20 channels to choose from, rather then the current/old system in which you could choose from different genre's different artists etc...
Keep the shinny side up!
 
gigneil
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:35 pm

I have no doubt that the internationally equipped airframes will have prerecorded radio.

Delta is in a similar situation - their International airframes have AVOD while the domestic frames have live television and radio.

B6,F9, and WS not being quite the size of Delta and operating just one configuration of planes obviously cannot offer that flexibility.

NS
 
ytib
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RE: XM Now Flies With Air Canada

Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:46 am

It's all prerecorded material which is similar to the UA offering. The idea is to provide a small sampling of the XM experience and then people will want to get this at home. The advantage over the current provider is most likely cost, since XM is getting advertising the airlines may be making some money on this deal as well.

The confusion with this is some airlines like B6 and FL offer live XM versus the prerecorded experience.