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I have a 2007 Chev 2500 LT with the bose sterio system and factory xm radio. I'm wondering if there is a way to switch the factory radio to sirius. I live up in Canada and xm reception is very poor.

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i looked into this also and i was told that the factory installed antena and xm reciver would have to be changed.
 

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they're both the same?

same DJ's, same programming, just different channel numbers.
 

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yeah would figure sat radio would work the same no matter the provider....unless one has more satellites in the sky
 

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they're both the same?

same DJ's, same programming, just different channel numbers.
not really, i have both and reception is different. also there is some content that is exclusive to one or the other.
 

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yeah would figure sat radio would work the same no matter the provider....unless one has more satellites in the sky
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Prior to July, 2009, there were 7 satellites in orbit; 4 XM and 3 Sirius satellites. Each company also has a ground spare, of identical construction to its first generation of satellite. Also, International Launch Services launched the newest satellite, Radiosat-5, on July 1, 2009.[45]
There are no publicly available facts concerning the cross-compatibility of the satellites themselves. If it is possible to use XM satellites to propagate Sirius's signal, this would give Sirius immediate access to a second geostationary satellite, which would improve reception for stationary receivers, such as those at businesses and homes. In the long term, consolidating transponders on to fewer satellites will reduce infrastructure costs significantly: to build and launch one satellite can cost more than US$300 million,[46] with a lifetime of approximately 15 years. Once the next generation of satellites is constructed and operating, combining satellite networks could result in a savings of US$40 million a year."
 

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I believe that your antenna connection is the same. However, when I removed my factory stereo I didn't notice the sat antenna to back of radio. Only conventional antenna plug. As far as the receiver thing I dunno. If you are looking for a Sirius Sporster 3 new in box, I have one.
 

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um call xm and have them add "the best of sirius" package to your truck...then you have everything from both. they are the same company now but somehow they kept different OS so as to not have a monopoly i guess?
 

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I live in northern Alberta & have had both systems. New truck has XM built in & I get great reception. Maybe you have antenna problems.
 

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I live in Rock Creek right along the US boarder and am close to a mountain. I get no XM reception, friends that have Sirius, have no problem with reception. When I looked into switching, they said they could put the new antenna in the back high mount light, but it seemed like a lot of pieces had to be scabbed in to make it work. I called asking about getting lifetime, and they would not go for it on XM. Have not looked into it for a long while now.
 

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Did anyone end up doing the switch for this? I live in BC as well, used to have sirius in my old truck which was awesome. XM reception sucks ass- you put a light pole in the way and it cuts out. Would like to switch back, but if it's too much of a pain, I guess I'll have to put up with it.
 

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Have to agree with the reception with Sirius...I have the Sportster model in my own truck and my work truck...Travel all over BC and never a reception problem. Now my better half has XM in her Toyota and it is crap. She loses reception going down a small hill near our place in the southwestern part of the province and I never lose the signal. I believe XM and Sirius are one and the same in the U.S. but here in Canada they are still a different company.
 

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If you go to Sirius website they sell the box that goes behind the glovebox and the new antenna that comes out near the rear high mount brake light.

You are right XM sucks big time in norther Canada. When my free time was up they phoned me and I told them there was a problem.They said they knew it and would give it to me for less money.

Here is a link to Sirius for GM SIRIUS Store - In-Vehicle Audio Solutions
 

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i thought xm bought serius and they were the same
 
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