SiriusXM announced today that its 200+ channels are now available to SiriusXM subscribers via Amazon Alexa for easy voice control access.
Howard Stern announced the new SiriusXM capability on The Howard Stern Show this morning.
So users who pay an extra $4 per month to get an Internet subscription can now use Alexa on certain phones or possibly infotainment systems as well as Amazon Echo or Fire TV to ask the Alexa voice assistant to access SiriusXM programs. Users can easily call up sports, news, music and all other programs available through their SiriusXM subscription.
The announcement may have future implications for the car as Alexa capability is slowly creeping into infotainment systems. Ford has already announced that Sync 3 will be compatible with Alexa this summer (accessible through steering wheel controls as well as the touch screen). Sync 3 owners can download an app and then get full Alexa access. So it is possible that Sync 3 users with a SiriusXM All Access Pass (SiriusXM satellite radio plus Internet streaming) will be able to get SiriusXM in the car via Alexa.
Ford did not immediately respond to our inquiry.
Other car makers offer limited Alexa compatibility including BMW and Hyundai.
To use Alexa with SiriusXM, users state the program and channel for Alexa to call up. So you might say, “Alexa, play Howard Stern ..Alt Nation on SiriusXM,” or “Alexa, play The Beatles Channel..SiriusXM Progress on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM said its content available on Amazon Alexa will mirror what is available to users based on their subscription plan. Access to certain content, including MLB and NASCAR programming, requires an “SiriusXM All Access” subscription.
Customers can sample SiriusXM by setting up their streaming log in or signing up for a trial at www.SiriusXM.com/amazonalexa.
SiriusXM has over 31 million subscribers.