Radio Satellites

We have different stations that we love and driving can be boring if you are not listening to anything while on your way. With our car radios, we usually flip to different channels as to catch our favorite talk shows or music. However, sometimes the stations start fading or the signals become distorted when we are too far away from the transmission station.  Most ground radio transmitters are only able to send their signal to about 48-64 kilometers (30-40 miles) from their location. If you are travelling hundreds of miles away, you may need to frequently change the radio stations as the signals get distorted and other become clear. This is not a fun thing to do given the fact that you will also have to settle for whatever is available when your favorite station fades out.
However, with satellite radio, you do not have to be concerned about losing the signal of the station that you want. Satellite radio stations can broadcast their signals to over 35,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) away and still give you crystal-clear sound. Imagine travelling Washington D.C. to Tacoma without having to change your favorite radio station, nor the music being interrupted by commercials as is the norm with conventional radio stations.
There are two satellite radio stations today: Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. The stations rolled out their services in the early 2000s. The difference between conventional radio and satellite radio is that for ground radio, signals are sent by ground transmitters and can be distorted along their path by buildings or space. For satellite radio, signals are sent directly from space to your receiver. They are thus not distorted and are of CD-quality sound.
It hasn't been a smooth ride though for the two satellite radio companies. Faced with debt, they decided to merge in 2007. The merger was expected to provide more programming choice to listeners as well as lower the prices. However, critics were quick to point out that the merger would create a monopoly and thus lead to a hike in prices, and this would affect consumers.  The merger bid by XM and Sirius was approved by the Department of Justice, but the companies had to wait until 2008, when the FCC allowed the merger to proceed. Today, the new company is known as Sirius XM Radio.
Though the two companies initially had financial trouble, satellite radio has continued to attract more subscribers. Today, there is even a new satellite radio company, WorldSpace, which is competing with Sirius XM Radio. It is evident that the future of satellite radios is green. Many automobile manufacturing companies have been installing satellite radios in their cars for some time now. The prices of satellite radio receivers have also considerably gone down in recent years. Consumers do not worry about paying the small subscriber monthly fee to access hundreds of varied programming that are not interrupted by commercials. Of course, the best part is that the signal is crystal-clear, you have hundreds of channels to choose from, and you will not lose your signal wherever you go.