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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 04:33 AM
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SIRIUS, XM SET TO CONFIRM MERGER PLAN TODAY


February 19, 2007 -- Satellite radio operators Sirius and XM are expected to announce their long-awaited merger today, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The two sides were locked in negotiations over the weekend trying to hammer out a final agreement with an eye toward going public with the merger today in Washington, D.C., where XM is based, this source said.

Talks were still going on at press time and the deal could fall apart at any time. With antitrust issues of paramount importance, this source said lawyers for both companies were working overtime to fine-tune the language of the agreement and frame the discussion around the deal itself and not regulatory concerns...http://www.nypost.com/seven/02192007/business/heavenly_...
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 04:51 AM
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1. how much is this going to cost me...
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:10 AM
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14. My first thought precisely.
Second thought: Does this mean XM will get The Prairie Home Companion, at long last? :)
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 09:36 PM
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53. Which one is going to become the Betamax?
That's why I waited.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 04:53 AM
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2. Really hope those of us DU'ers who bought or were given Sirius equipment to get Air America
will get Air America BACK, by golly. God, I am right on the edge of an explosion, and a radio future with Alex Bennett and Big Ed, and nothing else to look forward to, is just more than I can accept.

How many geriatric ruminations can you listen to about a self-absorbed geezer describing his bowel movements, whether or not he believes he could stand to hump Hillary Clinton, and howling that it is his show, and he doesn't WANT to talk about politics all the time?

With Big Ed, you get the opportunity to listen to his completely right-wing views, then HE blows up, and screeches that it is HIS show and anyone who doesn't like it can go fish.

Well, I want to hear DEMOCRATIC news! Want Air America back. Yesterday. If there's any justice, we'll get it back.
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DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:18 AM
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11. I agree
I was one who bought SIRIUS in order to get Air America.

Now it looks like SIRIUS has opted for NASCAR vs CSPAN even though they have plenty of open channels available.

2 channels of Stern, Playboy, Blue Comedy, Rawdog . . .

If I get the urge to hear some school-yard profanity, I have several options with SIRIUS.

CSPAN? - who needs that?
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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 11:08 AM
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24. Me, too. Spent $750 on equipment and lifetime subscription...
Then a month later Sirius lost Air America. I gave my equipment and subscription to a retina specialist who uses it to pipe music into his office. I wonder if the merger will make it useless to him, too. Or more valuable.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:02 AM
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13. Steph Miller Thom Hartmann Mike Malloy
Actually the Sirius Left lineup got much better this year. I agree about Schultz and Bennet.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 10:03 AM
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21. I agree, Judi Lynn. I am one of those DUers.
In fact, I turned on Sirius this morning for the first time in months. I made a mental note to cancel that monthly $12.95 expense (or whatever it is) due to lack-of-interest. I guess now I will wait a bit and see how this merger shakes out.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 02:15 PM
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33. Alex Bennet is the worst. The worst.
I bought Sirius over 2 years ago, specifically for Air America. And then they went exclusive to XM and left us with total Shit Talk Left. It really sucks. Frankly, I have stopped listening to them all together ever since Howard went live. I don't miss them a bit. If they want to bring progressive radio back to Sirius, I'll be ecstatic. Either way, they need to fire Alex Bennet immediately. And if he reads this I don't give a fuck. I'm sure he'll bitch about it on the air like he always does. He is no liberal and he is just a terrible talk show host and needs to go.

I will not pay much more than what I am right now, but overall, I'm kind of happy with this merge idea. Sirius programming is better, except progressive talk, and XM equipment is better. Of course, I just bought a new Sirius boombox. And I imagine it's the Sirius equipment that will get dumped. And that pisses me off.

Other than that, I wonder how this will affect their satellites? As I recall, they operate on vastly different satellite patterns, with Sirius satellites going in a figure 8 type pattern from North America to South America and XM being more US.
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confludemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 10:54 AM
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58. You are not alone in that opinion, but Mike Malloy, Hartmann and Miller
are excellent, excellent and pretty good, respectively. And when Howard's off, Bill Press is pretty decent
Oh, and Lynn Samuels who follows Bennett, also sucks as bad as Bennett.
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kelvinyany Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:06 PM
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46. Air America streams on the internet
Air America can be heard on the internet, if there is no other way of getting it on Satellite radio.

http://www.airamerica.com/listen /

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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 05:04 AM
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3. Solves problem for Du'er who started a thread last week
Asking XM or Sirius?

:rofl:
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 05:16 AM
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4. If 'XM' and 'Sirius' are allowed to merge will the satellite radio service become.......
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 05:17 AM by Double T
the 'Clear Channel' satellite radio system? Perfect example of why antitrust laws need to be in restored and enforced, AGAIN??? If wall street 'traitors' will make money on the deal, YOU can be certain the regulators and oversight will be looking the other way. With NO competition, be certain the rates will go up!!! The wall street money grab continues!!!
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:07 AM
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5. Announcing during mercury retrograde? not bloody likely to
happen! well, not without considerable delay. Yay, tho, I guess!
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:28 AM
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12. Oh and this mercury retro has been THE WORST EVER
It's been up my ass sideways for a fucking month!! And it is not over with until the end of Feb.!!!!!

:grr: :nuke: :mad:
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 12:59 PM
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27. That long 48P?! Now I understand what's been going on. Argh!
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 01:00 PM by vickiss
Get to the hospital a week ago and surgery canceled due to boiler problems. Today they tell me they tried to call me back a 1/2 hour later, but Mom was on the phone.

And many more irritations! Luckily, I am usually very patient. 9 days. Whee! :)

What can ya' do. :shrug:


My daughter has XM and cannot afford a large subscription rate increase. Hope it is an improvement.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 01:41 PM
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30. Mercury Retro until 3/7!!! I just found out today...
So it busted my balls from about the 25th of January, then got SEVERE from 2/13-2/18, out of really bad phase hopefully this f*cker is winding down now. But I hear that Saturn is in Leo, and that can't be helping anything either. :shrug:
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 04:33 PM
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36. What part does Pluto play?
Oh yes, it's not a planet anymore.

Well, astrology was made up before Pluto was discovered, so I doubt it makes a difference. (Actually, I doubt anything does.)

Do you guys really believe this, or are you mocking those who believe this?

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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:41 AM
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56. No we're astro witches and we're coming to get YOU
stare into the screen....you feel sleepy...

:rofl:
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 05:39 PM
Response to Reply #30
40. Do you know, offhand, what the
effects are of Saturn in Leo?

Life has been stranger than usual.

:hi:
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heliarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:10 AM
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6. Why pay for that freaking service!!!
They just started including ads... It was a huge selling point that there weren't any ads on Sattelite radio. Now they are all over the channels. It's the same scam as Cable was.

I want my FCC back!

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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:18 AM
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7. only xm has ads on their music channels, sirius doesn't. only on
their talk stations (always did) and they're brief, even on Howard's show.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:40 AM
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9. I've never heard ads on XM music channels.
And only on talk channels when carrying stuff like Air America that's also available on terrestrial radio.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:23 PM
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42. There are ads on the music channels
They aren't all the time, but there are ads on the music channels on XM
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zann725 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-22-07 12:56 AM
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64. There are ads on XM talk shows (quite a lot).
n/t
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:12 AM
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15. XM has no ads on music channels; all the others channels do.
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 08:12 AM by mcscajun
:hi:


A happy XM subscriber here. :)
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:24 PM
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43. Sorry, there are ads on the music channels
We listen to XM at work, and I've heard them. There's usually only one commercial at a time, but they're there.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:01 PM
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45. Perhaps your office is listening to one of the Clear Channel music
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 07:02 PM by mcscajun
channels just about forced on XM? (they won't be there forever, thankfully -- it's a contractual thing.)

I never listen to those, myself.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:45 PM
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48. I'm not sure
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 07:56 PM by tammywammy
which ones are Clear Channel?

We listen to the Blend mostly.

edited to add:

Okay I looked at their website, and it says:

More Info
PLEASE NOTE: Nashville, KISS, Mix, Sunny, and WSIX are programmed by Clear Channel. These channels carry commercials and are located in a new category on our channel guide called Regional, News, Talk and Music Channels.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:37 PM
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50. The other thing you'll hear on all channels including music channels
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 08:37 PM by mcscajun
are promotional announcements for other channels on XM. :)
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:46 AM
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18. Radio Commercials, can't live with them, can't live without out them?
A fear grips me that paying for music with no commercials was just too good of a thing for the proliferate corporate. The Corporate Borg that has determined that any untapped penny of profit is unsafe and is not to be left aside even if it enhances the equity or the quality of the commodity in the long run.
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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:35 AM
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8. Not on Sirius music stations there aren't EOM
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 12:16 PM
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60. I never get commercials on Sirius music channels.
I don't get as upset on the news, talk, etc. when they take a break. Even Howard Stern has to take a leak every now and again. And he sometimes just puts a song on instead. Even when they do run a commercial, it's generally like a 2 minute commercial for one product rather than "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY....BIG SALE AT XXXX AUTO...."

I swear......after 2 years of satellite radio...I will never.....ever...go back to regular radio. My time is worth $10 a month. In fact, it's seems rather paultry compared to the consequence of having to listen to the number of non-stop obnoxious commercials that most people are subjected to.

As long as the rates stay at or near where they are, I don't have any problem paying for 60-70 mostly commercial free stations.
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WilmywoodNCparalegal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:13 AM
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10. There are NO commercials on XM music stations
there are, however, a few CM (clear channel) music stations that do carry commercials. These are defined under the categroty of 'regional/talk.' I'd say they are a mere 5% of all XM stations. Air America does have commercials, just like most other news, sports and talk channels.
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Jawja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:13 AM
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16. I have XM and
there are no commercials on their music channels.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:16 AM
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17. There are none..
... on Sirius music channels either, other than the occasional promo for the channel or a similar channel.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 01:39 PM
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29. Ditto here, that was the PURPOSE of satellite radio
I've had XM for 3 yrs. and never had any commercials on the channels I was listening to?
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:23 PM
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41. There ARE commercials on the music stations on XM
We have XM at work

I just heard a commercial for Turbo Tax. I also hear commercials for Proactive.

We listen to the Blend mostly.

There's usually only one commercial at a time and it's not nearly as bad as listening to the regular radio.
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confludemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 10:58 AM
Response to Reply #41
59. Yes, the four or so Clear Channel-programmed channels have commercials
they are a couple of country channels I understand and couple of others
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 09:43 AM
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19. This better not be allowed
To have the only two satellite radio companies merge means they are effectively creating a monopoly. I will give up my subscription rather than buy a whole new radio.
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 10:27 AM
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23. You won't have to buy a new radio
... they've planned for such a contingency on the technical side. I think this merger was planned a long, long time ago. As long as I can still get my BBC.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 10:02 AM
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20. this story is from ruppert murdocks NYPOST..i would take with a
grain of salt..

not to say it is or isn't happening..but my hubby works for xm and we haven't heard a thing about it..

fly
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 10:09 AM
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22. If true, I doubt it would have much of an impact on listeners for a while...
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 10:11 AM by onehandle
The current systems would be around for years. In fact Sirius is launching a new satellite next year to strengthen their signal.

Both systems have their programming advantages, but Sirius is dumbing down their choices to suit Stern fans.

To quote a fellow Sirius owner, it's the "redneckification of Sirius with NASCAR, Blue Collar Comedy, Playboy, and loss of Air America radio and CSPAN."

My fantasy is to see one system with a variety of Everything. 500 channels for everyone. This would take years to set up and launch.
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 12:09 PM
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26. A la carte?
I find myself listening to only about five stations... I having to support the NFL, Major League baseball, etc., when all I want is some music. I'm cancelling after my trial is over. If I could only choose the stations or packages I'd want, I'd stay for sure.

/and don't get me started on my cable service
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:35 PM
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49. Looks like a la carte is in our future with this merger.
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 08:35 PM by mcscajun
From the News portion of the XM website on the merger announcement:
Greater Programming and Content Choices -- The combined company is committed to consumer choice, including offering consumers the ability to pick and choose the channels and content they want on a more a la carte basis. The combined company will also provide consumers with a broader selection of content, including a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive and non-exclusive sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Together, XM and SIRIUS will be able to improve on products such as real-time traffic and rear-seat video and introduce new ones such as advanced data services including enhanced traffic, weather and infotainment offerings.
http://xmradio.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=press_releases...

Now, we'll have to wait and see on this, as until the merger is truly complete, each company will continue to operate independently. This at least is typical of corporate mergers.
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DemSigns Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 03:38 PM
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35. Playboy hosts are pretty Left
and maybe reach out to that audience you described. Night Calls, Afternoon Advice, and Private Calls are the shi$. The morning show is Ok sometimes but the rest is garbage.

I miss CSPAN though.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 12:09 PM
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25. More media consolidation. That fucking sucks bigtime. n/t
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 12:12 PM by IanDB1
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 01:54 PM
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31. Good point n/t
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 01:05 PM
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28. Much like gossip, the story is spreading across the media outlets
but every story sources back to the NY Post.

I guess time will tell...
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:27 AM
Response to Reply #28
54. I got an email from Sirius themselves just a little ago...
I think it IS official!

This is BAD news folks! We cannot allow this to happen! I think this is a test by the media companies to see how serious we are about enforcing media company laws and the Sherman Anti-Trust act. If we let this go through, it will be very quickly followed by DirecTV and Dish Network combining too, and then you can say bye to channels like Link TV and Free Speech TV!
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 01:55 PM
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32. This sucks. More media mergers. This would create a monopoly in the satellite radio industry. (nt)
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 01:56 PM by w4rma
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INDIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 05:07 PM
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38. This is awesome.
Now all the sports, Stern etc. will be on the same channel. Used to be NFL, baseball, Stern were all on separate services. This XM subscriber is happy.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 07:19 PM
Response to Reply #38
47. I agree.
I just hope they keep the Sirius music channels. The XM channels aren't as good.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:39 PM
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51. The one thing you can be certain of is change. Nobody will be
completely happy. On the plus side, certain a la carte offerings sound likely out of this merger.

Greater Programming and Content Choices -- The combined company is committed to consumer choice, including offering consumers the ability to pick and choose the channels and content they want on a more a la carte basis. The combined company will also provide consumers with a broader selection of content, including a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive and non-exclusive sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Together, XM and SIRIUS will be able to improve on products such as real-time traffic and rear-seat video and introduce new ones such as advanced data services including enhanced traffic, weather and infotainment offerings.
http://xmradio.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=press_releases...

Until the merger is completed, everything stays as is.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 03:09 AM
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57. Less competition is *always* bad. Watch your rates go up and the quality go down.
Edited on Wed Feb-21-07 03:09 AM by w4rma
And this company's profits soar.
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clbuck Donating Member (699 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 03:00 PM
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34. It's a done deal.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 04:38 PM
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37. WOW so I don't have to buy TWO radios to hear NASCAR and baseball now?
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 05:26 PM
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39. Knew this was coming a long time ago.
Stern talked about it quite some time ago.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 06:26 PM
Response to Reply #39
44. Well, I'm surprised that anyone's surprised about this
I figured that this was coming for a couple of years now.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:29 AM
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55. Earlier it was the rumors of XM buying Sirius...
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 01:30 AM by calipendence
But now it looks like the reverse is happening.

With XM's earlier ties to Clear Channel, and "unclear" ties to Newscorp now (Rosco, I still don't believe that they don't have any board members or controlling interest in that company), perhaps they thought that the Dems would be more apt to allow Sirius to buy XM rather than the other way around.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 08:46 PM
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52. Early risers who want more info can tune in tomorrow morning.
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 08:47 PM by mcscajun
The companies will hold a joint conference call and webcast on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 8:30 AM ET to discuss this announcement.
-snip-
The webcast can be accessed at http://www.sirius.com and http://www.xmradio.com as well as on their satellite radio services by tuning to SIRIUS channel 122 and XM channel 200. The webcast will be archived at http://www.sirius.com and http://www.xmradio.com

http://xmradio.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=press_releases...
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confludemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 07:28 PM
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61. Sirius to be "wholly-owned subsidiary" of XM
According to a filing posted here: http://biz.yahoo.com/e/070221/siri8-k.html

"On February 19, 2007, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. ("SIRIUS") and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. ("XM") entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement"), pursuant to which SIRIUS and XM will combine their businesses through a merger of XM and a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of SIRIUS (the "Merger"), with XM remaining as the surviving corporation following the Merger."

Howard Stern will be glad to read this:
"Mr. Mel Karmazin, currently chief executive officer of SIRIUS, will become chief executive officer of the combined company and Mr. Gary M. Parsons, currently chairman of the board of directors of XM, will become chairman of the board of directors of the combined company. The combined company's board of directors will consist of 12 directors, including Messrs. Karmazin and Parsons, four independent members designated by each of SIRIUS and XM, as well as one representative of each of General Motors and American Honda.

He being a big fan of Mel

original "Breaking News" found posted here
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/2007/02/21/breaking-xm-t... /

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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 08:18 PM
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63. That's lame.
I fail to see what the bonus is here beyond a temporary jump in the stock prices. Didn't these companies learn from crap like AOL Time Warner and MCI Worldcom?

I just want better sound quality.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 07:32 PM
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62. I'm glad not to have been a subscriber to either of them ...
and I never will be. Monopoly is all we know in Corporate Mergers R Us America. :puke:
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