XM and Sirius satellite radio to merge

http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/19/news/companies/xm_sirius/index.htm?postversion=2007021914

Rivals XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio announced Monday they would enter into a merger of equals, creating a satellite radio giant.As part of the deal, XM Chairman Gary Parsons would remain chairman of the combined firm, while Sirius’ Mel Karmazin would assume the role of CEO.

Nice times for those looking to get “even more stations” ™.

I Dunno yeah its great and all that but IMHO sirius is a decent ammount better then XM. Lately the XM programming has really started to blow.

It is a good thing though because it really will bring the market together and make it stronger.

I’d been holding of on dipping into satellite radio but with the HUGE amount of standard radio ad spots on these days, this might make me want to try it out. From what I understand there are still a lot of channels with ads but they aren’t nearly as ad-heavy as standard radio.

The competing between the two separated some of the content I wanted to hear. With it all under one provider now … sounds like a great deal. (If approved.)

Awesome. I can’t wait for them to compress the audio even more to cram more into their very limited bandwidth.

The only way I’d be for it is if they expanded their bandwidth to accomodate new content and eased up on the compression. Some channels (like XM42) sound terrible.

Edit in regards to Skipper’s post: The only ad I ever heard was on XM 48 when they were advertising for the “guest host” of Cage in regards to the Ghost Rider movie. But even that was really talking about him coming on as a host, and not as much advertising for the movie itself.

From what I understand there are still a lot of channels with ads but they aren’t nearly as ad-heavy as standard radio.

For Sirius none of the music channels have commercials. I dont know if it is exactly the same for XM.

On Sirius the only channels with commericials are talk radio and even then its less than standard radio.

anarch…

It is.

The talk/comedy commercials are irksome. Mainly because they’re literally out of spam email. “Hey! Order cialis from this website!”

There have been rumors that they were going to merge for like a year or more. And from reading previous articles on the subject, I thought the FCC was a lot more opposed to the idea than this CNN article lets on.

Its my understanding that the FCC recently reversed its opinion on the merge.

A few XM music channels have ads, but they are marked with “cm” on the display.

I’ll have to look it up, but one story said while the FCC has a specific rule against merging satellite radio companies, it could waive the rule. The FCC is completely looney right now, taking some regulatory actions that specifically contradict federal statutes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign off on this.

Isn’t this the kind of consolidation in terrestrial radio station ownership that people have always complained about and pointed at as the reason they want to subscribe to satellite radio?

Also, I lost interest in XM when I listened to it in my sister’s car and they peppered the programming with ads for other XM radio stations after every other song. I guess I’m less interested in what they technically consider “ad free” radio and more interested in just “music.” It’s why I like my iPod so much.

“Oh, you’re both going belly-up if you don’t merge. Well, okay.”

Interesting thought processes going on here leading to “less competition will offer me more choices.” Me am on Bizzarro world?

My main complaint with satellite radio is the horrible quality, and I don’t really feel a desire to listen to news/sports/talk radio.

It’s like having a lifetime all-you-can-eat meal ticket that’s good only at Denny’s. Only with a monthly fee.

Chairman Martin said something publicly just a few weeks ago about how a merger of the two would be illegal. I’m having a hard time understanding how they could come around that quickly, unless massive campaign contributions were involved.

Damn, that’s a lot of exclusive content being brought together under one network now. NFL, NBA, NHL, Nascar, MLBA, Howard, Sinatra channel, Maxim, Oprah, Martha, CNN, Fox, Playboy…

Either we lose sound quality out the wazoo, or we lose some content. I can’t see the companies requiring new radios and new satellites to accommodate the merge of stations.

Bones are are gonna be broken if I lose Hard Attack 27 >:(

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Do XM and Sirius share a band, or do they each have their own?

YES! They have their own. Each has 12.5MHz of the S band available.

XM: 2332.5 to 2345.0 MHz
Sirius: 2320 and 2332.5 MHz

Source wiki.

But do XM and Sirius radios and satellites have the ability to change between different bands and compression schemes and modulation and…? Sat Radio has been going on for awhile now, who knows how firmware upgradeable their old hardware is.

Doubtful the old stuff works, but they could do an exchange/upgrade program and say “we’re doubling your bandwidth! better sound quality, more music! exchange now, as we’re shutting off old programming in X months”.

“Quick! Keep your subscription to XM/Sirius in full working order by scheduling a car radio replacement with your local Ford dealer for NO EXTRA CHARGE to you!” I don’t know why, but this doesn’t seem likely considering the capital these 2 companies are working off of, without some HEAVY subsidizing by others. Otherwise, there’s a lot of dropped sub’s when their old factory/professionally/self installed car radios don’t work anymore.

I love my Sirius, it’s just I see what I loved about it being lower quality than before… In my low-tech view, Sirius and XM will merge channel lineups, XM Satellites and Sirius Satellites work the same as before with old XM and Sirius radios, just with the programming being beamed up to the 2 different Satellites being the same.

God bless 'em if they planned ahead enough to allow this kind off interoperability though.

People are so corp-whipped nowadays that they would upgrade, end of story. Besides, the prospect of significantly better sound quality (going from ~96kbps to 192kbps MP3s is a big deal) might attract many new users, and the cost savings involved in halving the staff would be significant.