Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1312 times:
I've been hearing Sirius-XM merger rumors for months. The US Airways-Delta merger is more likely to happen than a Sirius-XM merger. The biggest stumbling block to the merger is that when the FCC granted Sirius and XM their SDARS licenses, one of the conditions that were put on both companies was that if they were to merge, they have to give up one of the licenses.
The DOJ is very hesitant to monopolies in satellite companies. A good example to use is the blocked merger between DirecTV and EchoStar (Owner of Dish Network). It was blocked because it would have led to a monopoly in the satellite TV market (Echostar and DirecTV had over the years, bought up smaller companies in the industry).
The big question is "Who would buy the SDARS license that will have to be sold?" I wouldn't be surprised if News Corp. or CBS Corp. (or even a joint venture of the two companies) were to pick it up.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1306 times:
I have XM since it came with our Honda Odyssey and Accord. A friend of mine has XM in his Honda but Sirius in his wife's Dodge Caravan. He'll be switching to Sirius when they move the NASCAR channel over there next year. I'm happy with XM though I wish I could get SEC sports on there versus the crappy ass PAC-10 and Big-10 channels.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
Queso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1285 times:
I have XM. My brother gave it to me last Christmas and added me to the plan he already had for a seemingly paltry sum. I really enjoy it and it would take me a long time to get used to not having it if I ever found myself without it (like on a trip to BHM or something).
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 22 Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1277 times:
XM here as well. Someone on one side of the aisle, seems to neither confirm or deny the rumors of a merger, but plays it up like it is going to happen. One would think it is to get their stock price up as it keeps floundering around the $3-4 area. The other company has fallen a lot since its high, but is still more than 3 times the amount of the other company.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1254 times:
Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 10): Yes, but one of the requirements imposed by the government is that both companies "take steps" to make compatable systems.
Right now, it's still in baby steps, as nothing firm has been announced in regards of actual units. There is a company, Interoperable Technologies, LLC, that is working with both companies to develop receivers that can receive both companies' programing. The monthly subscription would be $26 (at least that's how much it was rumored be about 5 months ago when the info first came out).
Visteon makes a car stereo headunit that can receive either Sirius or XM without having to buy a Sirius or XM headunit in addition.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1237 times:
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2): I have neither but have seriously thought about getting XM. Some restaurants in campus play XM and it seems great. After looking at the channel comparisons, XM is the better choice for me.