New Sirius XM Radio Satellite put into Orbit; Sirius XM Bill to Jump
Russia's Proton rocket has successfully put the US Sirius FM-5 communication satellite into orbit. The company's fourth spacecraft was launched at 1910 GMT on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
It was informed by the officials of International Launch Services that the U.S.-based firm overseeing commercial Proton flights has confirmed the Breeze M completed its first burn to arrive in a temporary parking orbit about 111 miles above the Earth.
The rocket deployed Sirius FM5 at about 0424 GMT.
In the recent future, the AsiaSat 5 communications satellite will be launched in early August, which will further be followed by the launch of Canada's Nimiq 5 spacecraft in early fall.
On the other hand, Mr. Zarella, chief service office for Sirius XM satellite radio said that his company would raise fees to pay increased music royalty rates.
Speaking on the topic, Mr. Zarella said, “Unfortunately, we cannot control the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate increase.”
The company informed that after July 29, listeners will be charged a “U.S. Music Royalty Fee” of $1.98 per month for primary subscriptions and $.97 per month for multireceiver subscriptions.
The money received through additional fee, will be utilized to counterbalance soared payments from XM to the recording industry.
Now subscribers’ monthly bills will soar from $12.95 to approximately $15.
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