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Old 02-21-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Sirius-XM merger....

What do you current subscribers think of this?

Has it been officially approved yet? And if so, how can the FCC justify this? No sat radio competition means bad news for current subscribers.

I am glad that we can finally maybe> get MLB on Sirius, but at what cost is this going to change for us?

I think the whole merger is BAD news.......

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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I'm wondering the same thing! Have you got a link with any details?

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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All I know to this point is the prez of Sirius already released a statement about the merger--which sound slike he knows more than the print media does.

I just can't see how the FCC buys off on this.

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:22 PM   #4
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There's a huge issue with the FCC; basically, the way the law is currently written, the two satellite radio licenses CANNOT be owned by the same company. There's a chance that the FCC can simply waive the rule, or it may require Congressional action. The big brokerages are putting anywhere from a 25% - 50% chance that the deal ultimately goes through.

The antitrust issues shouldn't be as hard for them to deal with, but this FCC thing could kill the whole thing. I've been telling people interested in XMSR or SIRI that this potential merger was inevitable for the past five or six years, since whenever these guys went public - the economics simply make so much more sense when there's one provider, not two.

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:24 PM   #5
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I got Sirius because I liked what they had to offer better than XM. I hope the merger doesn't mean I get programming more like XM's, and I doubt it will mean that I get everything that the old Sirius and old XM had to offer all rolled up into one subscription. I'm a bit leary as well...

And if the FCC is listening...I'm about to figure out how to broadcast my wireless internet signal at over 1 watt via a really sweet (geeky) antenna setup and amplifier. Too bad I'm not in the US right now. Jerks. Oops, I mean thank you for the VHF band gap at 108 MHz - that really was a good idea. Now my jet won't follow KGAY's easy listening broadcast into the ground in bad weather.

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Yuri--I know what you mean. I have Sirius and SWMBO has XM in her car, and I can't stand XM. Even the music I like--are lame on XM.

Octane is the cat's ass. I flip back and forth between Blue Collar comedy, Octane and ESPN radio. During NFL season--NFL radio is great too. And then add NFL and NHL to the mix.....whoa.

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I'm all about Buzzsaw and Octane, SWMBO listens to Classic Vinyl and 80's hits (!) I used to listen to The Who channel on occasion, but they moved it and now I have to pay extra to get it? F*** that noise.

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I'm with you, Dude.

I flip between Octane, Buzzsaw, the 70's and 80's channels, and Hair Nation for music (Octane is almost always on when making brewquipment in the garage).

I like Blue Collar, Raw Dog, and (I'll admit it) the Howard channels for entertainment.

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``The vast majority are getting their radio over the air and for free and that will be a restraint on satellite radio's ability to raise prices,'' Karmazin said. He put chances of approval at ``better than 50 percent.''

Great statement. They want to create a monopolistic model so they can raise prices each month.

I get the concept, but no way in hell would I pay $13.95+ per month to listen to the radio when I have an iPod I can program for free.

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``The vast majority are getting their radio over the air and for free and that will be a restraint on satellite radio's ability to raise prices,'' Karmazin said. He put chances of approval at ``better than 50 percent.''

Great statement. They want to create a monopolistic model so they can raise prices each month.

I get the concept, but no way in hell would I pay $13.95+ per month to listen to the radio when I have an iPod I can program for free.
I thought you had XM?
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