In addition to the channel-programming deals, Sirius has also programmed a number of more conventional shows with well known personalities in a number of fields. Satellite Radio is a revolutionary new way to experience your favourite music, news, sports, chat, talk and comedy from any location. Digital satellite systems may also be referred to as direct broadcast systems. Canadian channels available on Sirius Canada will include the CBC’s English and French radio networks (CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, La Première Chaîne, Espace musique) and new channels built from the CBC’s web services CBC Radio Three and Bandeapart. Music streams on Sirius contain almost every type of music genre imaginable, broadcasting 24 hours a day, commercial free. In October 1997 XM Radio obtained one of only two satellite digital audio radio service licenses offered by the Federal Communications Commission. XM Radio Online gives you unlimited access to over 75 channels of the same amazing programming you hear on XM Satellite Radio. On September 13, 2005, XM Radio announced a multi-year deal to carry National Hockey League broadcasts beginning with the 2005-06 season, initially sharing the coverage with Sirius but gaining satellite-radio exclusivity from 2007 onward. To enjoy XM Radio's incredible programming variety, you'll need an XM-compatible tuner to receive the satellite signal. XM Radio Canada, controlled by Canadian businessman John Bitove, is partnered with the American service XM Satellite Radio. The music channels on satellite radio represent a significantly wider variety of genres than you'll ever hear on conventional radio. The idea behind satellite radio is quite basic. Currently most satellite tuners are ultracompact units designed for transport between car and home. Satellite radio, also called digital radio, offers uninterrupted, near CD-quality music beamed to your radio from space. Despite crystal clear sound, crackle free delivery and nationwide coverage, American radio listeners have not been quick to take up many Satellite Radio offerings. With the release of the first real digital AM/FM radio receiver, satellite radio may have some real competition to worry about.