SiriusXM has introduced a new $8 per month ‘Essential’ streaming only package aimed at “consumers who don’t have a car or don’t spend a lot of time in their car”.
The new plan features more than 300 channels and is priced at $1 for the first three months, then $8 per month thereafter.
Essential subscribers get channels from SiriusXM’s lineup of music, comedy, news, sports, and entertainment.
Listeners who subscribe to the Essential package will have several options for listening to SiriusXM, including on their smartphones and tablets via the SiriusXM app, via the SiriusXM.com web player, and on connected devices in the home including devices with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, smart TVs, Sonos speakers, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and more.
The Essential package also features more than 100 recently added SiriusXM Xtra channels and the ability to skip songs.
“We’ve now created the Essential subscription as an appealing option for the many people, particularly younger consumers, who don’t have a car or don’t spend a lot of time in their car.”
Matt Epstein, SiriusXM
Matt Epstein, Vice President of Marketing, SiriusXM Outside the Car said: “The strength of SiriusXM’s programming is evident in the tens of millions of people who subscribe and listen in their cars year after year.
“We’ve now created the Essential subscription as an appealing option for the many people, particularly younger consumers, who don’t have a car or don’t spend a lot of time in their car.
“On SiriusXM, listeners will find more innovative formats and expertly-curated commercial-free music channels, live performances, plus a very deep lineup of news, entertainment, comedy and sports talk.
“The Essential package offers an attractive bundle of content at a competitively low price among streaming services.
“Also, and this is extremely important, our streaming subscribers get access to all of this content in the kind of user-friendly, ‘lean back’ way that makes it easier to find the music or shows that they like best.”
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