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07-30-2008, 02:33 PM
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Yeah, he didn't give any programming specific updates, which is reasonable being that the merger was only approved a couple of days ago. It seemed like the initial feeling is that everyone will be able to keep their existing service, and then pay an additional fee ($4 or so) to add certain channels from the other service. In the end, it sounds like they're going for a cable TV type package, where you pay $12.95 for basic service and then add-on premium channels for additional cash.

I'm personally bummed out about this, because I thought the whole point of the merger was to streamline operations and attract more customers. They should just combine both services and eliminate any redundant channels and give everybody everything for the same price. This would still save the new company money (fewer overall channels), and would definitely attract new customers. This won't happen though.
Here's what I do know:

  1. No price increase for three years
  2. Program integration within 3 months
  3. Interoperable radios within 9 months
  4. Allowing 3rd parties to develop radios to include terrestrial radio reception, HD radio, and MP3 inputs
You can read about the details of the deal here: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...ml?q=XM+merger

I was hoping Mel would expand on items 3 & 4.

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07-30-2008, 02:42 PM
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Here's what I do know:

  1. No price increase for three years
  2. Program integration within 3 months
  3. Interoperable radios within 9 months
  4. Allowing 3rd parties to develop radios to include terrestrial radio reception, HD radio, and MP3 inputs
You can read about the details of the deal here: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...ml?q=XM+merger

I was hoping Mel would expand on items 3 & 4.
I read some months ago that XM and Sirius equipment were incompatible and basically all the merger meant was that when you purchase a new subscription you either choose the "xm" or "sirius" package. Is this not the case?

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I read some months ago that XM and Sirius equipment were incompatible and basically all the merger meant was that when you purchase a new subscription you either choose the "xm" or "sirius" package. Is this not the case?
Right now u buy either one. Lets say u buy a Sirius radio. You get all the Sirius stations and then in september or october, whenever channel integration begins, you can pick packages from XM AND still keep your original Sirius stations. But eventually i think you will buy a radio and u can pick everything you want.

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I'm personally bummed out about this, because I thought the whole point of the merger was to streamline operations and attract more customers. They should just combine both services and eliminate any redundant channels and give everybody everything for the same price. This would still save the new company money (fewer overall channels), and would definitely attract new customers. This won't happen though.
It sounded like he was saying that the XM satellite cannot broadcast to a Sirius receiver and vice versa. You would be cutting off 1/2 the equipment out there if you broadcast only on one stream. The goal seems to be utilizing the full life of the satellites and not have to send subscribers out for new equipment, particularly those whose came factory installed in their vehicles.

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It sounded like he was saying that the XM satellite cannot broadcast to a Sirius receiver and vice versa. You would be cutting off 1/2 the equipment out there if you broadcast only on one stream. The goal seems to be utilizing the full life of the satellites and not have to send subscribers out for new equipment, particularly those whose came factory installed in their vehicles.
Exactly. I believe the plan is to offer the "exclusive" content from each service on both satellites. Lord knows they have enough bandwidth.

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