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Have you ever been on a long car trip and not been able to find anything on the radio? Or have you passed through hilly country and had the radio signal fade in and out? Do you have favorite radio stations that you love to hear but frequently can't receive? If you've answered yes to the questions above, Satellite Radio may be an option for you to consider.

Satellite radio is the one of the newest additions to the plethora of options available through satellites. But most people think, 'I can get radio for free. Why would I want to pay for it?' Well the answer is easy - better service, quality, and few or no commercials.

Better Service - typical radio signals can travel about 30 to 40 miles from their broadcast source. As soon as you travel outside of that broadcast area you lose the signal, or the signal starts to fade and you hear static and other interference. Satellite radio broadcasts through satellites - the satellite is positioned in orbit approximately 22,000 miles above the surface of the earth. Using a satellite radio receiver, you are able to receive the radio signal wherever you drive. You can listen to the same station as you drive from one end of the country to the other.

Quality - quality in satellite radio refers to two things: the quality of the signal and the quality of the programming. First, the quality of the signal is digital. It is being broadcast directly from a satellite dish to your car or home. The digital quality sounds pure, almost the same as listening to a CD - no static or blurring of signal. The quality of programming is excellent as well. Satellite radio offers hundreds of channels with a subscription. Whether your interest is sports, classical, jazz, hip-hop, pop, classic rock-and roll or news stations, satellite radio offers programming channels for each niche. You no longer need to search the dial finding a station that appeals to you. Instead pick the station you like - it's available anytime and anywhere.

Few or No Commercials - AM and FM radio have different standards for how many commercials they air, but there will always be commercials. Most people don't think about the 'cost' of free radio - it comes in commercials. How many times have you listened to the radio and heard a commercial for a product or service that is of no interest to you? You can't get that time back; it's been wasted listening to the commercials.  With satellite radio, most channels broadcast with either no commercials, or very few.

For a small monthly fee, you can receive the quality and predictability of satellite radio. No more twisting the dial looking for the perfect channel. Just program it into your radio, and you'll always get the show, regardless of where you are.

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