Sirius Satellite Radio is reportedly on track to deliver a satellite video service by mid-2006. Sirius is running field tests now and they are “all going according to plan,” according to Sirius' Retail Operations SVP Bob Law. Receivers for the video service may work as combination audio/video tuners that are designed to be compatible with after-market video screens and DVD players, and the price point is expected to be reasonable.
"The circuitry required for us to do video is the same as we're broadcasting over today," said Law, according to a report from Twice. "You have to add the capability to process the video signal, but the basic receiver is essentially the same. We're not expecting it to be a tremendous premium."
Sirius competitor XM also has demonstrated a model for satellite video in the past, but has not set a launch date or even confirmed that they will definitely offer the service. A spokesperson said that XM “is still evaluating a video offering down the line," according to Twice.