Washington, D.C.—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 26, 2005–XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading provider of satellite radio with approximately 3.8 million subscribers, today announced that it will be the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster for the FIFA(R) World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament. Through a partnership with Andres Cantor, the legendary soccer play-by-play announcer and chairman of the leading syndicator of soccer programming in Hispanic radio, Futbol de Primera, XM will offer unmatched audio coverage of the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, including team selection and qualifying matches, in both English and Spanish.
“With the ability to air the most play-by-play coverage, XM Satellite Radio is the ideal platform to broadcast the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament,” said Eric Logan, Executive Vice President of Programming for XM Satellite Radio. “Our exclusive satellite radio broadcast rights for the FIFA World Cup will be an excellent compliment to our extensive play-by-play coverage of Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and college sports, as well as our new 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel.”
As the official satellite radio network for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, XM has rights to broadcast play-by-play of all 64 tournament matches in both English and Spanish. The Spanish play-by-play coverage will be featured on XM’s newly announced 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel, slated to launch in July 2005. In addition to in-depth coverage of the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, the channel will feature coverage of all sports from Latin America and Mexico, including baseball and boxing, along with real-time reporting on sports from all over the world. The English-language coverage of World Cup matches will air on a separate channel.
“As the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster for FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, English and Spanish-speaking fans alike will be able to follow their favorite teams with XM’s play-by-play coverage of World Cup matches in both languages,” said Andres Cantor.
A leading sports commentator for the Telemundo Network, and one of the most recognized sports personalities among the Hispanic media, Andres Cantor is known (and enjoyed) by soccer fans throughout the world for his signature call: “Go-o-o-al.”
XM is the leading provider of live play-by-play sports in satellite radio. XM is the official satellite radio network of Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the PGA TOUR, the Indy Racing League, and the college sports conferences Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten, and Pac-10. XM also carries ESPN Radio, ESPNews Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and Sporting News Radio. The latest models of XM radio receivers, such as the portable Delphi XM2go MyFi radio, have sports tickers that display current scores for professional and college sports teams.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America’s number one satellite radio service with approximately 3.8 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2005 lineup includes 152 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 64 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM Satellite Radio is the satellite radio leader in sports programming, offering thousands of live sporting events every year. XM is the official satellite radio network for Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, the PGA TOUR, and the college sports conferences ACC, Pac-10, and Big Ten. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM also is available in Avis, National, and Alamo rental cars. XM is the exclusive in-flight entertainment service for AirTran Airways, and will soon be available on JetBlue flights. Consumers can experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at http://listen.xmradio.com. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.
About Futbol de Primera
Futbol de Primera is the leading Hispanic owned soccer company in the United States. Futbol de Primera’s properties include the exclusive U.S. radio rights in all languages to the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 and all additional FIFA Properties. Futbol de Primera has been the leading syndicator of soccer programming in Hispanic radio since 1989 and also controls the Spanish language radio rights of Concacaf teams, including Mexico.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio’s service, the Company’s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-4-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.
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