XM & Sirius, what’s up?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    How timely! I was just thinking about this a few hours ago (prompted by the news today) and even took the step to look up the exhibitors list for Miami to see if both weather services had booths (they do).

  2. Sandy says:

    What about satellite weather data for the Southern Caribbean and Central America? How about Europe?

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    For Central America & Europe, … there is a product called ClearPoint Weather that might interest you.
    You can get weather information using a satalite download and a PC.

  4. Tim Thornton says:

    The Sirius and XM satellite radio footprints don’t cover Europe. Worldspace used to, but didn’t offer a compatible weather service, and in any case Worldspace UK went bust at the end of last year, pulling the plug oin European coverage.
    This leaves the various PC based packages like Clearpoint, our own SmartMet, UGrib etc.

  5. Benoit (fr) says:

    Yes, we want a compatible weather service in Europe too ! We don’t have weather system to put in our MFD.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m just wildly guessing, but maybe some existing European satellite system will decide to add weather data, even license the Sirius or XM data formats so that existing marine, air, and car gear would work with it.
    However, I can not imagine that anyone would try to do what XM and Sirius attempted outside the USA. For one there’s a problem with multilingual audio. For another, there’s the fact that the two companies, now one, have lost an extraordinary amount of money over the years. I suspect that John Malone knows what he’s doing, and that XM/Sirius will make a profit eventually. But the very expensive systems were built on the optimism, and losses, of many investors:

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    In Europe this past December I saw the January issue of “Sailing Today” … featuring an article “16 Weather Instruments … which one is the best”.
    Nothing comparable to XM and Sirius weather was listed.
    All the European author of “Sailing Today” had to work with was Aneroid Barometers, Home or Multi Purpose Weather Stations (that receive forecast information over radio waves used to display icons (sun/clouds/rain) and numbers on a display), and for boat only products … NASA MeteoMAN and VION Meteoscan (I guess they were not aware of Clearpoint).
    The article didn’t even choose a “best”, as the title seemed to imply. But, it appeared a favor a particular aneroid barometer that looks good in the cabin, and was also positive about one product that used weather data transmitted by radio, up to 1500 miles, with a detail resolution of many hundreds of miles (offshore England is divided into just six zones)
    I suppose it would be possible to have a chartplotter receive that radio signal, but I guess there wouldn’t be much incentive if boaters could get the same from a $40 home weather station they can take back and forth from home. I wonder what the icon is for a rough offshore marine forecast … a sinking boat ?

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