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13 Million Satellite Radio Consumers Cannot Be Wrong

The Delphi Roady XT. Delphi reaches new milestone in satellite radio receiver production
by Staff Writers
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Jan 08, 2007
Delphi has just sold its 13- millionth satellite radio receiver, setting a new milestone, Delphi officials said here today at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show. Delphi introduced satellite radio receivers to the OEM market in 2001. As satellite radio service providers revolutionize the U.S. radio landscape, Delphi has steadily ridden the wave by providing a variety of original equipment and retail receivers. The satellite radio market now boasts more than 13 million subscribers.

Delphi is the leader in the OE satellite radio market and produces receivers for more than 10 new vehicle manufacturers. It also sells a variety a variety of models as add-on accessories for multiple uses at home and on the road. Among consumers, the Delphi name has become synonymous with satellite radio because of its Delphi SKYFi, MyFi and ROADY family of portable satellite radio receivers. In fact three out of four users listen to satellite radio on Delphi hardware.

Delphi will be demonstrating its current portfolio at its CES exhibit (North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center, Exhibit (#5206).

"Satellite radio is changing the paradigm of radio in the U.S.," said Ken Erickson, Delphi Electronics and Safety general director of the Entertainment and Communications product business unit. "Satellite radio has not only taken a long-time analog medium and made it digital, but it has also opened a new world of offerings to customers by providing more than a 100 additional channels of programming."

Satellite radio is the radio medium that offers customers up to 170 channels of programming in addition to the traditional AM/FM radio offerings in OEM applications. Satellite radio programming is beamed from satellites and includes a very wide variety of music, talk, sports, news, traffic, weather and entertainment coast-to-coast in the U.S. without fading.

"Consumers now demand this level of flexibility and ownership, fueled even more today by their ability to personalize their listening experience through MP3 players," said Max Rogers, Delphi consumer electronics executive. "Satellite radio's 170 channels of individual programming offers the same type of tailored listening experience with no downloading hassles."

Many of the offerings are commercial-free and categorized by chronological time periods music genre and other defined segments that add another dimension to satellite radio that is not offered by traditional AM/FM radio.

"Satellite radio has all of the right features and benefits to keep moving up the growth scale," said Erickson. "We are continuing to develop technologies to make it more attractive. Several new car manufacturers have already announced that they will include the satellite radio feature on all of their vehicles."

In addition to adding loads of new programming to the vehicle, Delphi has developed a digital data decoder that works in conjunction with the Delphi satellite receiver to enable real-time traffic services in North America. Vehicles with a Delphi satellite receiver equipped with this data port and a navigation system can receive up-to-date traffic while playing satellite radio. The system is also capable of providing real-time weather, sports scores and stock updates.

Delphi's long history with satellite radio receivers includes celebrating sales milestones for 2.5 millionth in May 2004 and 5 million units in April 2005.

In 2001, Delphi helped launch satellite radio with the SKYFi. Delphi went on to introduce the first satellite radio boom box, first home signal repeater and even the first personal and portable satellite radio receiver, the MyFi. Its most recent first, SKYFi3, is the first microSD compatible MP3 satellite radio with pause-replay just hit the stores for the holiday season.

Satellite radio is expanding to other locations around the world. Delphi manufactures hardware for use by satellite radio subscribers in Canada and has announced its intentions to help launch satellite radio in Europe.

In the last decade alone, Delphi has pioneered or led the introduction of multi-speaker, multi-amp premium audio, CD playbacks, DVD rear seat video, MP3 playbacks, advanced TV reception systems and satellite radio into the market. Delphi supplies both OEM and retail hardware for both domestic satellite radio providers. Since beginning production in 1936, Delphi has manufactured more than 260 million radio systems and introduced an array of new technologies.

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