Satellite radio firmware upgrade?

Discussion in 'Prius c Audio and Electronics' started by rjdriver, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. rjdriver

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    I let the subscription slide 7 years ago on my 2012 after the 3 free months. This month Sirius offered me two more free months, and since no cc was required I took it. A lot more channels out there now. In fact more than twice as many. Unfortunately, the channel numbers tunable in my 2012 top out at #235, and there are many in the new lineup in the higher 200s, 400s, and 700s.

    After looking at the Sirius site I could not find any firmware updates for car manufacturer installations. Anyone else been through this and found a solution? Is it a Toyota issue or am I looking at an aftermarket head unit to get the additional channel numbers?

    (previously posted in the Gen 3 Prius section by mistake)
     
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    Interesting problem, and I guess I have the same issue. Looking forward to hearing if there is a solution.
     
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    Thanks. I already have that update. It didn't include any updates for the Sat radio unfortunately. But I have since spoken to Siruis, and all the new channels over #235 have to be accessed through a streaming account, on your phone. Supposedly, this can then be played through a car entertainment system with Bluetooth. I haven't tested it yet as I am pondering whether I want the extra complication or distraction while driving. Will probably pass.
     
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    I almost exclusively listen to Pandora and stream it through my phone to my Prius C sound system.

    SM-G960U ?
     
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    i could not tune beyond 235 in my 2017 prime and it was this reason why i canceled my XM for good. why pay for stations you cant even get in a brand new car!?
     
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    They do have different plans now and one allows access mainly to the lower number stations. But you are right. With any of their packages, especially the the full $20.99 deal, you could end up paying for a lot of channels you never listen to. I cancelled cable TV 10 years ago for similar reasons, so I am not inclined to get back into that same situation on radio.

    I listen to a combination of talk radio on an AM station and several hundred of my personal mp3s on a USB drive. I like the ability to switch back at forth at any moment with just a voice command. Having to pick up my phone to get to a satelite station is a distraction I don't need.
     
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