Not taking anything Siriusly

After a year and a half, I have cancelled my SiriusXM account, effective May 10. Why? Let me count the ways:

  1. All I ever listened to was Howard Stern. Not much else on SiriusXM is very compelling to me.
  2. Internet radio was taken away from me. It’s now an extra $3 a month for that. And even then, it’s only Sirius channels. Can’t get baseball games.
  3. The only way to get MLB broadcasts is to buy a new radio. And again, online listening isn’t an option.
  4. Nobody ever gave me a straight answer when I emailed them three times about the King Biscuit Flower Hour. In fact, one person gave me a bad phone number to call for information!

The least I want is to be able to have what I had before: Howard Stern on my radio and online at work for $13 a month. That much would now cost $16. If I want baseball (and I do), the only way to get it is to buy a new radio. I could go for their base A La Carte plan for about $8 a month, but [a] I’d have to buy a proprietary, non-portable radio for $100, [b] I wouldn’t get internet radio at that price, and [c] even if I added internet radio for another $3 a month I wouldn’t get baseball on it! There’s also the $20 per month All-In-One plan. Pro: radios start at $40. Con: no internet radio (and all that that implies).

When I add it all up, it’s simply not worth it. For $9 a month I can view tons of Netflix content and get two DVDs per month, all using equiment I already own and can continue using even if I cancel that membership. That, my friends, is a great value. Sirius wants me to pay more than twice that to get all the content I want,buy a new radio (and trash my old one), and still be unable to hear baseball online? Sorry, no.

Time to check the MLB site to see how exorbitant their listening packages are.