Sirius XM Radio Expands Video Offering

Sirius XM Aug. 12 announced it is expanding video content selections to the satellite radio platform’s 30 million subscribers.

Sirius XM Video, which bowed last year featuring content from “The Howard Stern Show,” is now offering interviews, clips and performances from a variety of performers, including Kevin Hart, Cardi B, Jonas Brothers, P!NK, Khalid, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, BTS, George Clooney, Tracy Morgan, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Reynolds, KISS, Halsey, Bruno Mars, Brooks Koepka and Dale Earnhardt Jr., among others.

Much of the content originates from subscription music service Pandora, which Sirius acquired in January for $3.5 billion.

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This marks the next step in Sirius’ video ambitions on the platform and separate app. This fall Sirius will bow video content from platform personalities Jenny McCarthy, Michelle Collins, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Jeff Lewis, Emily Morse, Jim Norton & Sam Roberts, Jason Ellis, Karen Hunter and others.

“We have always been dedicated to delivering our customers great value for their subscriptions, and we have achieved remarkable growth and listener loyalty by delivering unrivaled and exclusive content in an easy-to-use way,” Jennifer Witz, president, sales, marketing and operations, said in a statement.

“We are also especially proud that only six months after completing the merger with Pandora, our teams have brought unique music personalization to the SiriusXM app using Pandora’s industry-leading technology for our millions of All Access and Premier Streaming customers.”

SiriusXM and Netflix to Launch ‘Netflix Is a Joke Radio’ Channel April 15

SiriusXM and Netflix April 15 will launch “Netflix Is a Joke Radio,” a full-time comedy channel to air exclusively on SiriusXM channel 93.

It is the first time the streaming company has worked in unison with another major subscription media company to create a new outlet for their content, according to a SiriusXM press release.

The channel will feature highlights from top Netflix talent including Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Gabriel Iglesias, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Ken Jeong, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Trevor Noah and Wanda Sykes.

“Netflix Is a Joke Radio on SiriusXM will be an audio extension of our award-winning stand-up comedy on Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are thrilled to feature some of the greatest and funniest performers in the world with highlights from Netflix shows as well as original programming that further celebrates the art of comedy, and we are excited to do this in partnership with SiriusXM.”

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“SiriusXM is delighted to become the audio home for Netflix’s blockbuster comedy programming,” said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer, SiriusXM, in a statement. “Netflix has established itself as the unrivaled video source for stand-up, attracting the biggest names in the industry as well as break-out newcomers, and we’re eager to deliver SiriusXM subscribers access to their star-studded library, new specials, and original live shows.”

“I’ve seen the power of Netflix on their service for my own special, Stay Hungry, and now with their own SiriusXM channel, this opens up a whole new audience and it’s a great way to digest comedy on the run,” said comedian Sebastian Maniscalco in a statement.

In addition to featuring top comedy from Netflix’s established and up and coming artists, segments from future stand-up specials will debut on Netflix Is a Joke Radio, granting SiriusXM subscribers the chance to hear new material from ‘A’-list comics before anyone else, according to the release. The channel will also broadcast clips of Netflix’s comedy talk shows and other comedic content from the service.

The exclusive channel plans to introduce an original daily show, featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and hot topics of the day. The program will be recorded from SiriusXM’s new studios in Los Angeles.

SiriusXM’s comedy lineup also includes Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio Channel, for which Hart hosts a regular show, as well as a regular series with Ricky Gervais. In addition to original programs hosted by Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Norton & Sam Roberts, Sebastian Maniscalco and Nikki Glaser, SiriusXM also produces audio documentaries on comedians such as Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Garry Shandling.

SiriusXM subscribers with streaming access can listen to SiriusXM’s 200-plus channels – including Netflix Is a Joke Radio – at home on connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Sonos speakers.

Former Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton Dies

Consumer electronics industry veteran Joe Clayton died Nov. 3 of an unspecified illness at the age of 69. CEO of Dish Network from 2011 to until his retirement in 2015, Clayton headed the satellite TV operator when it acquired Blockbuster Video out of bankruptcy and launched online TV service Sling TV, among other achievements.

“Joe was a man of passion and vision whose influence on our industry is remarkable in its breadth and depth,” co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen said in a statement.

Clayton, who helped bring shock DJ Howard Stern to Sirius Satellite radio in 2004, was inducted into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the trade organization’s Digital Patriot Award in 2013.

“Joe was a strong and ethical leader — a lion of the industry, who was larger than life,” said Gary Shapiro, CEO of CTA. “He saw the future clearly and helped lead the industry in areas including direct broadcast satellite, HDTV, and satellite radio.”

Ergen said Clayton was a master marketer of CE brands that included RCA, DirecTV, Sirius and Dish.

“He mentored and influenced generations of leaders across our industry, including me. I am grateful for Joe’s leadership, his friendship and his generosity,” said Ergen.