Press Release Summary:
XM PC Receiver (XM PCR) provides 101 digital music, entertainment, and news channels to computer users without Internet connection. Product offers digital surround sound stereo captured directly from company's 2 satellites and terrestrial repeaters to eliminate delays in buffering and channel searching/changing. Customizable user interface simultaneously shows music choices on multiple channels and can save song titles and artist names for future reference.
Original Press Release:
XM Introduces First Satellite Radio Receiver for a Personal Computer Exclusively Through PC Connection
XM Brings to Consumers the Next Generation of Computer Audio and Entertainment - Without Sapping Bandwidth, XM's Simple-to-Use PC Receiver Offers Digital Sound Quality Unmatched by Internet Audio Streaming
Washington D.C., April 28, 2003 -- XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR), America's #1 satellite radio service, today announced the introduction of the first satellite radio receiver designed for personal computers. The XM PC Receiver, or "XM PCR," makes the tremendous breadth of XM's 101 digital music, entertainment and news channels available to computer users at home, work, school and on the go without the need for an Internet connection. At a suggested retail price of $69.95, XM PCR is available exclusively from online retailer PC Connection (Nasdaq: PCCC) at www.pcconnection.com, or through XM's website at xmpcr.xmradio.com or by phone at 1-888-213-0260.
"XM has created a very simple, elegant and inexpensive way to listen to the variety of music, news, sports and talk people crave during their day. Now the XM radio revolution is a mouse-click away for the millions of Americans who daily spend hours at their computers," said XM President and CEO Hugh Panero. "Meanwhile, it is well-known that Internet streaming places a terrible burden on a computer's connections and resources, and the beauty of XM PCR is that it makes no such demands. XM PCR delivers all of the music with none of the frustration."
The XM PCR provides listeners with XM's acclaimed digital surround sound stereo, a vast improvement over the sound quality of Internet audio streaming. Additionally, XM's signal is captured directly from XM's two satellites and terrestrial repeaters so there are no "buffering" delays or slow channel searching and changing, effectively turning a computer into an XM radio. Recognizing the computer's place as the home's entertainment center, XM engineered PCR so users can play games and explore the Web without restriction or slowdown, all while listening to 101 channels of exceptional programming.
XM PCR also features a simple but dynamic user interface giving listeners a chance to view the music choices on multiple channels simultaneously. Users can easily personalize the display to show their favorite channels, and see everything playing on these channels at the same time. They also can save song titles and artist names for future reference.
PC Connection is a leading direct marketer of technology and business solutions, and one of the nation's most innovative direct-order enterprises. XM PCR customers will be fully supported by PC Connection's industry-leading toll-free technical support.
"We are excited to be introducing this innovative new entertainment and information choice for PC users," said PC Connection's Executive Vice President Robert Wilkins. "We strive to offer the best new technologies to our customers, and XM PCR's significant advantages over Internet radio streaming make it a strongly appealing product."
The XM PCR includes a receiver, antenna, PC software CD-ROM, USB cable (providing power to the receiver as well as the data connection to the PC) and an audio cable. Set up, installation and activation takes only a few minutes. Users will have the opportunity to download subsequent versions of the XM PCR software with added functionality. In addition, antennae extension cables will be available as an accessory.
To learn more about the XM PCR; XM's array of award winning products for the car, home and on the go, including the revolutionary Delphi XM SKYFi receiver and boombox; and its 101 channels of critically acclaimed programming, visit the XM website at www.xmradio.com.
XM is America's #1 satellite radio service. With more than one-half million subscribers today, XM is on pace to have more than 1 million subscribers later this year. Whether in the car, home, office or on the go, XM's loyal listeners enjoy 101 digital channels of choice: 70 music channels (more than 35 of them commercial-free) from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 31 channels of premiere sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming.
XM's strategic partners are leaders in the automotive, retail, consumer electronics and media industries. Currently available on 25 of General Motors' 2003 models, XM will be featured on 44 of GM's most popular models by later this year. XM also is now available as a dealer-installed option on the 2003 Honda Accord and Pilot. XM will be a factory-installed feature on the 2004 Acura RL, Acura TL and Honda Accord later this year. In addition to its availability on GM, Honda, Infiniti and Nissan makes and models, XN will be offered on various 2004 model Toyotas, Audis and Volkswagens beginning later this summer.
Consumers also can purchase XM's leading-edge car, home and portable audio receivers, including the Delphi XM SKYFi Radio, at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City and other major retailers nationwide. XM's strategic investors include General Motors, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications, DIRECTV and The Hearst Corporation.
XM, headquartered in Washington, DC, has more information available at www.xmradio.com.
About PC Connection
PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, operates through three primary sales subsidiaries, PC Connection Sales Corporation of Merrimack, NH, GovConnection, Inc. of Rockville, MD and MoreDirect, Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. PC Connection Sales Corporation is a rapid-response provider of information technology (IT) products and solutions offering more than 100,000 brand-name products to businesses through its staff of technically trained outbound sales account managers and catalog telesales representatives, its comprehensive web sites at www.pcconnection.com and www.macconnection.com, and its catalogs PC Connection (1-800-800-5555) and MacConnection (1-800-800-2222). GovConnection, Inc. is a rapid-response provider of IT products and solutions, offering more than 100,000 brand-name products to federal, state and local government agencies and educational institutions (1-800-800-001S or www.govconnection.com). MoreDirect, Inc. (www.moredirect.com) provides corporate technology buyers with a comprehensive web-based e-procurement solution and in-depth IT supply-chain expertise, serving as a one-stop source by aggregating more than 350,000 products from the inventories of leading IT wholesale distributors and manufacturers. All three subsidiaries can deliver custom-configured computer systems overnight.