NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM has launched a new challenge to rivals in the music streaming world with the debut of a new, cheaper streaming-only subscription package.
The New Essential subscription tier is aimed at SiriusXM customers who want to listen on a mobile phone, tablet, desktop, and on connected devices in the home including devices with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos speakers, Xbox, Sony PlayStation and more.
The service provides access to more than 200 channels of SiriusXM content, including music, comedy, news, and sports for $8 a month, making it comparable in price to on-demand streaming services.
The channel selection for Essentials includes artist-branded music channels like Diplo’s Revolution, The Garth Channel and Eminem’s Shade 45, concept-based channels like the popular Pop Rocks, Coffee House and Yacht Rock Radio channels, as well as the new Pandora NOW channel, which features trending music from SiriusXM’s partner platform Pandora.
Essential package listeners will also get access to several sports talk channels, including Mad Dog Sports Radio, Barstool Radio, Fantasy Sports Radio, and others, plus a wide-ranging array of entertainment, news and comedy programming choices.
Listeners can also upgrade to the Premier streaming package, which includes access to Howard Stern’s two full-time audio channels and Howard Video, as well as the sports-focused NBA, NHL, and NCAA channels.