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SiriusXM to increase prices in March

Some customers will pay nearly $30 a month if they're not on a promotional plan.

Some customers will pay nearly $30 a month if they're not on a promotional plan.

The SiriusXM app icon appears on a smartphone.
The SiriusXM app icon appears on a smartphone. (Photo by Focal Foto via Flickr/Creative Commons)

SiriusXM will raise the price of its satellite and streaming radio packages in March, a move that will also impact the cost of the company’s music royalty fee that is passed along to subscribers.

The company began notifying customers this week of the subscription and royalty music fee increases, which will begin March 14, 2023. It comes after The Desk reported last September that executives were considering price hikes on customers, with the justification that new hardware and features warranted an increase in the cost of service.

The price adjustment means customers on SiriusXM’s ultra-premium satellite radio plan, called SiriusXM Platinum, will pay almost $30 a month for access to nearly 200 music, sports, talk and news channels, with included access to SiriusXM’s streaming radio app that offers more than 450 linear content channels.

The adjusted prices rolling out to customers (rounded to the nearest dollar) are…:

  • SiriusXM Platinum: $24 a month (previously $23 a month)
  • SiriusXM Platinum VIP: $35 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Music & Entertainment: $19 a month (previously $18 a month)
  • SiriusXM Music Showcase: $14 a month (previously $13 a month)
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte: $11 a month (previously $10 a month)
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte Gold: $19 a month (previously $18 a month)
  • SiriusXM All-in-One: $21 a month (previously $20 a month)
  • SiriusXM Family Friendly All-in-One: $19 a month (previously $18 a month)
  • SiriusXM News, Sports & Talk: $14 a month (previously $13 a month)
  • SiriusXM Streaming Platinum: $11 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Streaming Music & Entertainment: $8 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Streaming Music Showcase: $5 a month (no change)

Additionally, the U.S. Music Royalty Fee will increase on some SiriusXM packages that include commercial-free music channels…:

  • SiriusXM Platinum: $5.13 a month (previously $4.92 a month)
  • SiriusXM Platinum VIP: $7.49 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Music & Entertainment: $4.06 a month (previously $3.85 a month)
  • SiriusXM Music Showcase: $2.99 a month (previously $2.78 a month)
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte: $4.06 a month (previously $3.85 a month)
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte Gold: $4.28 a month (previously $4.06 a month)
  • SiriusXM All-in-One: $4.28 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Family Friendly All-in-One: $3.85 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM News, Sports & Talk: No fee
  • SiriusXM Streaming Platinum: $0.97 a month (no change)
  • SiriusXM Streaming Music & Entertainment: $0.70 a month (no change)

With the U.S. Music Royalty Fee added, the new SiriusXM package prices will be (not including sales tax where applicable)…:

  • SiriusXM Platinum: $29.12 a month
  • SiriusXM Platinum VIP: $42.48 a month
  • SiriusXM Music & Entertainment: $23.05 a month
  • SiriusXM Music Showcase: $16.98 a month
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte: $15.05 a month
  • SiriusXM A-la-Carte Gold: $23.27 a month
  • SiriusXM All-in-One: $25.27 a month
  • SiriusXM Family Friendly All-in-One: $22.84 a month
  • SiriusXM News, Sports & Talk: $13.99 a month
  • SiriusXM Streaming Platinum: $11.96 a month
  • SiriusXM Streaming Music & Entertainment: $5.69 a month

Customers who are receiving promotional rates — including those who are on extended free trials — will not see a price increase until their plan moves to a non-promotion subscription.

On Thursday, SiriusXM said it ended 2022 with more than $9 billion in revenue, an increase from the $8.7 billion in revenue the company brought in during 2021. While it added 134,000 subscribers during its most-recent financial quarter, the company said it anticipated some rough waters in 2023.

“We’ll see modestly negative self-pay net adds for the year as economic and demand uncertainty persists, auto sales remain soft, and we moderate marketing spend for our streaming service early in the year ahead of planned product improvements late in 2023,” Jennifer Witz, the company’s chief executive, said during a conference call with investors and reporters.

Last year, Witz warned that promotional rates given to some customers in an attempt to reduce churn rates might ease up; previously, customers were able to get a retention rate as low as $6 a month if they told a SiriusXM representative that they wanted to cancel their service.

Instead, Witz said increasing rates on customers was “better for revenue, so we’re constantly looking to adjust, so we can build overall revenue growth.”

Witz said she was aware that some on-demand audio services like Apple Music and Spotify are priced lower than what SiriusXM Pandora offers, but that the company is laser focused on reaching younger customers with better technology and more live programming. One technology the company is heavily invested in is the SiriusXM 360L platform, which fuses its traditional satellite radio channels with an expanded lineup of hundreds of online-only streams curated by SiriusXM.

“With 360L, which is going to have significantly more capacity to be able to provide more content and features to customers that enhances the value, I think it gives us more opportunity to perhaps raise rates going forward,” Witz said.

Customers who are currently subscribed to SiriusXM satellite radio can get much of the same programming at a significantly-reduced rate by switching to a streaming-only plan.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct prices on some plans, based on new information provided by a SiriusXM spokesperson.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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