The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

SiriusXM puts podcasts on its streaming app

(Logo: SiriusXM/Handout, Graphic: The Desk)

Satellite radio company SiriusXM will start offering subscribers the ability to download and stream podcasts from its companion streaming radio app, the company announced on Thursday.

In a statement, SiriusXM said its streaming platform will become the exclusive destination for on-demand shows produced by the satellite radio company as well as Walt Disney’s Marvel Entertainment.

The company said those podcasts will exist alongside a highly-curated catalog of on-demand shows from Stitcher, NBC News, CNN, NPR, ViacomCBS, the Wall Street Journal, HBO, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wondery, Westwood One, Crooked Media, TED, PRX and others. Comedian Kevin Hart, who programs a linear satellite radio channel, will launch his own podcast on the streaming platform in the coming months, SiriusXM said.

“Subscribers with streaming access can enjoy a unique mix of exclusive, original, and popular podcasts via the SiriusXM mobile app or online at,” the company said in a statement. “This launch also coincides with the latest Listen Free campaign, where any non-subscriber in North America can sample SiriusXM’s wide variety of audio entertainment with no credit card required — including more than 300 channels and hundreds of podcasts — from November 19 to December 1, 2020.”

Customers can try SiriusXM for free by visiting

SiriusXM’s incorporation of podcasts into its streaming app wasn’t unexpected: The company has made several high-purchase acquisitions in the Internet-based on-demand streaming media space.

In July, SiriusXM acquired podcast platform Stitcher from the E.W. Scripps Company for $325 million. Earlier this month, the company purchased podcast ad company Megaphone for another $235 million, according to a report.

SiriusXM’s other audio streaming service, Pandora, has offered podcasts to its listeners since 2018.

Get stories like these in your inbox, plus free breaking news alerts on business and policy matters involving media and tech.

Get stories like these in your inbox, plus free breaking news alerts on business and policy matters involving media and tech.

Photo of author

About the Author:

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.
Home » News » Industries » Radio » SiriusXM puts podcasts on its streaming app