Radio & Television

XM predicting nine million customers by end of 2006

LAS VEGAS – Saying it now has over six million paying customers, XM Satellite Radio announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it expects to have nine million in 12 more months. Thanks to growing original content and growth in the factory-installed new car market, XM extended its lead over SIRIUS in 2005 by adding 2.7 million net new subscribers, although the full impact of Sirius’ addition of star jock Howard Stern has yet to be felt, since he only starts Monday. "XM added a record number of new subscribers in 2005, representing 84% growth over prior...