Satemallite Radio

This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2005-11-15) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

So, I got the Sirius for the car. Yay! It very nearly totally rocks, in a very literal way.

Thing is, I noticed while scanning the comedy stations tonight that there were commercials, and I was royally pissed. I mean, isn't this why I'm PAYING for it? I won't have to listen to that crap any more?

So I go back to the Sirius website, and it does not say "100% COMMERCIAL FREE" like I thought I remembered, but merely "100% COMMERCIAL FREE MUSIC." Hitting the XM site, I see the similar "100% Commercial-Free Music Channels," which is a tad more clear, but no less sucky.

Is it really true? Only the music channels are commercial free, and all the talk channels have ads? Is that true on XM too?

I'm sure probably someone will point out that it's somehow better than the usual crap terrestrial radio in that the ads are more targeted, or that there's less of them, which will, I admit, be some consolation.

Still, it was an easy thing to miss, and I'm more mad at myself than anything that I missed it. I was so entranced by the promise of good radio that I totally forgot to be a jaded cynic for a moment. I suppose therein lies a lesson... somewhere.