Monday, December 18, 2006

Rock N' Roll Plays Back-up to Rhythm N' Blues

December 18, 2006

XM Completes New State-of-the-Art Satellite System With 'Rhythm' and 'Blues'Monday

XM-4 Satellite Begins Broadcasting to the XM Nation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company serving the XM Nation of more than 7 million subscribers, today announced the completion of its new two-satellite broadcast system.

On Friday, XM began broadcasting through its recently launched XM-4 satellite (known as "Blues") manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. The combination of "Rhythm (the XM-3 satellite launched in early 2005)" and "Blues" provides a solid foundation to deliver a full complement of digital broadcasts to the XM Nation across the next two decades.
"The Rhythm and Blues satellites form the most powerful and stable delivery system in satellite radio," said John Dealy, XM Senior Advisor who leads the Company's Satellite Systems Team. "Both satellites are healthy and expected to deliver excellent service beyond their contract requirement of 15 years, providing the richest entertainment content to XM subscribers for the long-term."

Rhythm and Blues replace XM's original satellites, "Rock" and "Roll," launched in 2001, which will serve as in-orbit spares for the near-term.
Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of government and commercial communications satellites.

12/18/2006 08:34:00 AM

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