Radio Parallèle - Was Men's Lifestyle and Sports Talk until 2007-04-06. This channel titled SportPlus until 2007-04-06 and Franc Parler from 2005-11-17 to 2006-04-17.
Fuego - Was Latin Pop until August 14, 2005. This channel titled Alegria until April 17, 2006. It was later dropped from the line-up altogether.
The Pink Channel - Was a simulcast WLTW in New York City, New York until December 1, 2003, and formerly titled Lite. Following the format flip, the channel was titled Sunny. This title remained until 2008-08-18. Among the formats for Sunny were Beautiful Music until May 1, 2006, Nostalgic Music until June 2006, AM Gold music, and finally Early AC.
Highway 16 - Was 1990s and 2000s (decade) Country on channel 15 until December 1, 2003. Formerly titled Highway 15. It is now known as simply The Highway.
The Verge - Was Unsigned Artists until November 17, 2005. It is now a channel programmed by Canadian Satellite Radio. Its original name was Unsigned, and after that, (un)Signed.
Top Tracks - Played Classic rock until shifting to early classic rock on March 1, 2006. Later classic rock was spun off into Big Tracks. After the merger with Sirius, the channels became Classic Vinyl and Classic Rewind respectively.
These channels are no longer part of the XM platform.
BET Uptown (XM62) - Urban Adult Contemporary station from BET. Brought in-house and changed to Suite 62.
CNET Radio (XM130) - A simulcast of KNEW in San Francisco. The station was about news and information regarding technology. It changed formats due to financial losses. (Removed on 2/1/04)
C-Wave (XM105) - Outsourced Chinese language music channel. Was deleted when XM decided to move more programming in-house. (Removed on 8/26/02.)
CNNfn (XM128) - Complete coverage of business news. The network was shut down in 2004. (Removed on 12/2/02.)
CNN Sports Illustrated (XM141) - Sports News and In-Depth Features. The network was shut down on May 15, 2002. (Removed around 5/12/02)
USA Today (XM121) - News from USA Today and its staff in collaboration with XM. (Removed on 12/2/02.)
Discovery Channel Radio (XM161) - Discovery Channel programming. Originally programmed 24/7, then during nights and weekends. (Was removed on 9/1/05)
Babble On (XM168) - Talk channel geared towards teenage audience, deleted for low listenership. One of the first programming casualties of XM. (Removed on 12/2/02.)
Playboy Radio (XM205) - Premium channel provided by Playboy for an extra $4.99 a month. Was deleted due to low subscription turnout. (Added to lineup on 8/26/02. Removed on 9/1/05.) It has now resurfaced on Sirius Satellite Radio. It is available without an additional fee, but subscribers must "opt in" to receive the channel.
MTV Radio (XM155) - MTV audio simulcasts and pop hits. Also included Headbangers Ball and various MTV award shows. (Original channel that was on 25. Moved to 155 on 2/1/04. Removed from satellite lineup on 9/30/05.)
VH1 Radio (XM156) - VH1 audio simulcasts and pop hits. Also included Behind the Music. (Original channel that was on 24. Moved to 156 on 2/1/04. Removed from satellite lineup on 9/30/05.)
Buzz XM (XM166) - Hot Talk station provided for Clear Channel terrestrial talk shows, renamed "America Right" to complement Air America (originally called "America Left" but changed when Air America signed an exclusive deal with XM) (Was removed on 4/5/04)
XM News (XM120) - In-house news service. Third party channels defeated its purpose. (Was removed on 8/26/02.)
Tejano (XM93) - Tejano music channel owned and produced by Univision. When XM went to commercial free music, Univision pulled out.
Radio Taj (XM104) - Outsourced Indian language music channel. Was deleted when XM decided to move more programming in-house. (Removed on 8/26/02.)
Red Cross Radio (XM248) - A temporary channel used to aid victims of the Hurricane Katrina crisis.
NASCAR 2 (XM145) - Second NASCAR channel for pit crew audio. Added on 9/4/04. This station ended after the 2005 racing season and has not returned.
Sporting News Radio (XM143) - This channel simulcasted the entire Sporting News Radio lineup until 8/28/06, when it was replaced with XM's in-house sports channel XM Sports Nation. The new channel still plays select SNR shows, especially on weekends.
MSNBC (XM130) - TV audio rebroadcast. Was removed on 9/4/06 due to scheduling changes across the XM platform.
NASCAR Radio (XM144) - NASCAR Racing and Talk. Was removed on 1/1/07 as the NASCAR contract expired and NASCAR's new deal with Sirius started. XM Produced shows were merged into XM Sports Nation, which now occupies the channel number.
Fuego - Programmed by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation under the name Alegria with a Latin Pop format, until it merged with Univision Radio in 2002. Univision Radio programmed the channel until 2004. It was then programmed by XM Radio, who changed its name and format. This station is not present on XM anymore.
Aguila - Programmed by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, until it merged with Univision Radio in 2002. Univision Radio programmed the channel until 2004. It was then programmed by XM Radio. This station is not present on XM anymore.
Vibra - Programmed by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, until it merged with Univision Radio in 2002. Univision Radio programmed the channel until 2004. It was then programmed by XM Radio, and was a DirecTV exclusive. This station is not present on XM anymore.
Caricia - Programmed by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, until it merged with Univision Radio in 2002. Univision Radio programmed the channel until 2004. It's now programmed by XM Radio. On 2008-01-01, this channel returned to the satellite broadcasting with a Spanish Oldies format. This station is not present on XM anymore.
XM announced in April 2006 that in late spring/early summer six regional News & Talk channels (XM 134-XM 139) would be added and provide regional news coverage for every area of the continental US. These channels were to have been provided by Clear Channel Communications and were to have been located in "Regional News, Talk & Music Channels." According to Jon Zellner via a subscriber email, Clear Channel decided to forego the launch of these channels. The original plan was to create a set of regionalized, five-minute newscasts. Each newscast was to carry 90 seconds of advertising, with the 3:30-minute balance devoted to regionally targeted news.
XM Announced on 1/31/06 that they would be adding Traffic & Weather channels for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver-Boulder, Milwaukee-Racine, Portland, Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Sacramento, San Antonio and Wilmington, DE to their NavTraffic product during the first quarter 2006. Rumors that a Traffic & Weather station could be dropped for Cincinnati due to the addition of WLW on XM channel 173 were unfounded as WLW was dropped from the XM service in 2009.
These channels are season- and holiday-based, and are only around for a part of the year. It is not uncommon that they take the place of an existing channel.
Holly - Holly is one of Sirius XM's annual month-long Christmas music channels that plays Christmas songs with an emphasis on up and coming singers. Its playlist changes from what one would find on an FM Adult Contemporary station at Christmas time to what one would find on a station aimed at tweens and teens.
Holiday Traditions - Holiday Traditions is not a traditional Christmas channel per se, but instead is narrowly focused on seasonal pop recordings from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Holiday Pops - This holiday channel plays choral and orchestral music with a Christmas theme. It replaces Sirius XM Pops in December and is therefore presented in XM HD Surround. Formerly known as "Pops Holiday Classics" (2005) and "A Classical Christmas" (2006–07).
Country Christmas - This channel features Christmas-themed country music. It previously aired on XM as "A Nashville Christmas" (2005) and "Music City Holiday" (2006–07).
Radio Hanukkah - This channel was debuted in 2006 for the Hanukkah celebration. Radio Hanukkah features the best in Jewish music, comedy, Broadway, talk and kids programming. This was the first satellite radio channel dedicated exclusively to Jewish culture. Following the merger with Sirius, Radio Hanukkah produced almost exclusively Jewish music selections, foregoing the comedy, Broadway, talk, and kids programming.
The following seasonal channels also aired on XM in past years.
Special XMas - From 2001-07, this seasonal incarnation of the defunct Special X channel featured novelty holiday music, from songs by the likes of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Barney, to parody songs from Bob Rivers and Weird Al Yankovic, to the more grown-up xL tastes from punk rock bands. Special XMas also aired online and on DirecTV.
Bing Crosby Christmas Radio - Airing in 2008 and 2009 and hosted by members of the Crosby family, this channel featured more than twenty years of vintage Crosby radio specials.
These channels are no longer included in the XM part of the Sirius XM Radio platform.
U-Pop (XM29) - UK, European and Global Chart Hits. Removed from satellite delivery on 2008-11-12 when the merger of the SIRIUS and XM channel lineups took place but continued on XM Online on XM31. Removed 2009-02-06 from XM Radio Online and DirecTV as 1worldspace prepared to cease operations resulting from its bankruptcy protection filing in October 2008.
The System (XM82) - Various Electronic and Dance. Removed from satellite delivery on 2008-11-12 when the merger of the SIRIUS and XM channel lineups took place but continued on XM Online. Removed 2009-02-06 from XM Radio Online and DirecTV as 1worldspace prepared to cease operations resulting from its bankruptcy protection filing in October 2008.
World Zone (XM90 Online) - World Music. Removed 2009-02-06 from XM Radio Online and DirecTV as 1worldspace prepared to cease operations resulting from its bankruptcy protection filing in October 2008.
Ngoma (XM98 Online) - African Music. Removed 2009-02-06 from XM Radio Online and DirecTV as 1worldspace prepared to cease operations resulting from its bankruptcy protection filing in October 2008.
These channels are specialty themed channels aired to coincide with an event, or devoted to a single personality or musical artist.
Me-103 (XM 103) - In celebration of XM's 4 million subscribers, a contest was held for a listener to program his/her own channel for a day.
FIFA World Cup 2006 (XM 148) - Was the home for English World Cup Soccer Commentary and Play-by-Play. Added on 3/24/06. This station left the day after the completion of the 2006 World Cup. (Removed on 7/10/06.)
XM Green (XM 200) - Between 2007-03-16 and 2007-03-18, this channel featured Irish folk music in honor of Saint Patrick's Day on channel 200. In 2008, XM Green preempted Fine Tuning on channel 76 from 2008-03-15 to 2008-03-17. On 2009-03-17, the format (renamed Radio Ireland) aired on XM channel 15, temporarily preempting The Village. On 2010-03-17, the format (once again renamed, to St. Patty's Day Radio) preempts The Spectrum on XM channel 45.
Play Ball! (XM 120) - A special program of baseball-themed songs and spoken-word bits, timed to coincide with Opening Day of the Major League season. Aired on channel 200 between 2007-03-30 and 2007-04-02, and on channel 120 between 2008-03-29 and 2008-03-30.
Larry! (XM 130) - Between 2007-04-16 and 2007-05-04, channel 130 featured replays of The Larry King Show along with interviews and new material. Originally scheduled for 5 days starting on 2007-04-16 the broadcast was extended due to the Virginia Tech Massacre and replayed the CNN coverage of Larry King Live that was aired during that week.
XM Summer (XM 120) - This channel, featuring a marathon of summer-themed songs, first aired on channel 120 between 2007-06-20 and 2007-06-22. It re-aired on 2008-06-21.
Uncle Sam (XM 120) - This channel, featuring patriotic American music for the Fourth of July, aired on channel 120 between 2007-07-03 and 2007-07-05. It re-aired on 2008-07-04.
Earth Sounds (XM 39) - Between 2007-07-07 and 2007-07-09, this channel featured nature sounds of the earth, airing on channel 39. The micro-channel was a part of XM's Live Earth coverage.
Christmas In July (XM 120) - Between 2007-07-25 and 2007-07-26, this channel featured popular Christmas-themed music in the middle of summer. The channel aired on XM Live 120.
Car-B-Q (XM 120) - Between 2007-09-01 and 2007-09-03, this channel featured a mix of songs about traveling and Car music aired on XM Live Channel 120.
P.O.T.U.S `08 (XM 130) - Produced in conjunction with C-SPAN and covering the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, this channel launched on 2007-09-24 and was originally intended to run only until the election on 2008-11-04. However, as part of the Sirius/XM channel lineup merger on 2008-11-12, P.O.T.U.S `08 was merged with Sirius' Indie Talk channel and rechristened as a permanent channel (P.O.T.U.S.) on both services.
Igor (XM 120) - Between 2007-10-29 and 2007-11-01, this channel featured Halloween music and aired on XM Live Channel 120.
Party City (XM 120) - Between 2007-12-26 and 2008-01-01, this channel featured a mix of music to bring in the New Year that aired on XM Live Channel 120. To ring in 2009, Party City was on Sirius channel 39 and XM channel 38 between 2008-12-30 and 2009-01-02.
XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel (XM 59) - Between 2007-11-08 and 2008-03-08, this channel featured Led Zeppelin music 24/7 on channel 59. The channel, renamed Led Zeppelin Radio, re-aired on XM channel 39 and Sirius channel 12 from 2008-11-01 to 2008-12-31.
XM THRILLER (XM 63) - Between 2008-03-01 and 2008-03-31, this channel featured Michael Jackson music 24/7 on channel 63, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Jackson's Thriller album.
30 Days of Coldplay (XM 51) - From 2008-07-15 to 2008-08-15, channel 51 played the music of Coldplay 24/7, along with interviews and exclusive live performances.
Mandatory Metallica (XM 51) - From 2008-08-16 to 2008-09-30, channel 51 played the music of Metallica 24/7, along with interviews and exclusive live performances. It returned briefly from March 14-April 13, 2009.
AC/DC Radio (XM 53) - From 2008-09-15 to 2009-01-15, channel 53 played the music of AC/DC 24/7, along with interviews and exclusive live performances, temporarily preempting Fungus.
World Series Radio (XM 55) - Essentially a retitled encore of the 'Play Ball!' microchannel (see above), 'World Series Radio' aired on 2008-10-26 to coincide with Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.
Fireman Radio (XM 27 and SR 33) - From 2009-02-14 to 2009-03-13, this channel featured the music of Paul McCartney 24/7, along with exclusive interviews. Fireman Radio temporarily preempted The Bridge on XM channel 27 and Sirius channel 33.
Dave Matthews Band Radio (XM 56 and SR 17) - From 2009-06-01 to 2009-06-08, this channel featured the music of rock band Dave Matthews Band 24/7, along with exclusive interviews. Dave Matthews Band Radio temporarily preempted Jam On on XM channel 56 and Sirius channel 17.
The Woodstock Channel (XM 40 and SR 16) - From 2009-08-14 to 2009-08-16, this channel commemorated the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, with live and studio performances from the festival's participating artists as well as interviewers with the cast and crew of the film Taking Woodstock. The Woodstock Channel temporarily preempted Deep Tracks on XM channel 40 and Sirius channel 16.
^"'30 Days of Coldplay' to Launch July 15 on XM" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-25. "Month-Long Dedicated Coldplay Channel to Feature Exclusive, Uncut Live Performances from Viva La Vida Tour, Tracks from their New Album, Interviews With the Band and More"
^"'Mandatory Metallica' to Launch August 16 on XM" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-09. "Six-Week Dedicated Metallica Channel Hosted by the Band to Feature Complete Catalog, Rare, Live Performances, Interviews and More"