From The Motley Fool:
What's so special about 2.0? Well, Sirius XM isn't saying much beyond promising broader content and greater functionality. However, a patent XM filed two summers ago clearly hints at what consumers may be getting.
The patent details a method for subscribers to generate playlists culled from content across several channels. A "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" button lets listeners cherry-pick the content they like and dismiss what they don't. This sounds a lot like TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO), doesn't it? Relying on a bank of data points to dish out recommendations is also a play out of the Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) playbook.
So Sirius XM wants to be the TiVo -- and the Netflix -- of premium radio. But the patent isn't just about music. If it were, Sirius XM would just become a more expensive Pandora clone without the smartphone buffering. No, the patent method also applies to news, sports, comedy, and talk shows.
Get it? Imagine a playlist where your favorite songs are mixed in with news that's relevant to you, along with scores from your teams and standup routines from your favorite comedians.