updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed August 15, 2007
Sonos and Sirius Deal
Sonos today unveiled a deal with Sirius that would bring the satellite radio provider's content to the Digital Music System media hub (pictured), allowing owners to stream stations wirelessly throughouta house. The agreement brings most of Sirius' channels and includes higher-profile content such as Howard Stern's show, Martha Stewart Living, the NFL, and most music networks. A software update from Sonos allows the main controller to pull the stations from the Internet and delivers them over a local network to each Sonos receiver in the home. This cuts past the signal strength problems inherent to using satellite radio indoors and also gives it multi-room access, Sirius says.
The feature should be unlockable through the Sonos patch, which will be available later today. Using the streams will require both a base $13 monthly Sirius subscription as well as an extra $3 monthly fee for the Internet streaming option. Sonos itself requires at least the main wireless controller ($399) as well as either its ZonePlayer 80 ($349) or ZonePlayer 100 ($499) hubs to attach to a nearby stereo system.