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Are You With Sirius Or XM?  
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9303 posts, RR: 25
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Might not matter too much longer. Analysts are predicting a merger of the two within the next 18 months.

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_4734662

Will be interesting to see how this unfolds or if such a merger proposal would be blocked by anti-trust concerns.

It probably is very true that about 50 % of the expenditures by either company is money spent trying to outdo the other.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1972 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.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

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.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1966 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.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3609 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

I and the 3 others in my family have XM. We love it.

I highly doubt they'll be a merger. I've heard interviews with big wigs at XM and they say they're not even thinking about doing that.


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Isn't the equipment incompatible?

User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1945 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).

User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Quoting Queso (Reply 6):
(like on a trip to BHM or something).

The rental we he got had Sirius. I wouldn't kmow how the radio was in BHM...


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

I have had Sirius for a year now and I love it. Shortly I'll add another one onto my current subscription as well.

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1937 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.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3609 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Quoting Pope (Reply 5):
Isn't the equipment incompatible?

Yes, but one of the requirements imposed by the government is that both companies "take steps" to make compatable systems.


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

I've had Sirius since December '05, and I love it. NFL, Howard Stern, NASCAR coming in '07, and a bunch of different rock stations. What's not to love? Big grin

As for a merger... Howard Stern talks about it occasionally, but seems to think it won't happen for the previously mentioned regulatory reasons.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1914 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.


User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 836 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Are You With Sirius Or XM?

Both. XM digital music channels come with a premium DirecTV subscription so I get it by default. Signed up for Sirius a month ago and listen to it online.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1897 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.

I have XM, as it came on my Acura. Love it.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

I've been with Sirius for about a year now, couldn't be happier, although I just broke my receiver the other day so I guess I'll have to shell out for the new Sportster model which looks great!

User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1407 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

4 Subscriptions to XM since 2004. Best damn thing. I had sirius for 7 months before I got the XM....had some good channels but the reception sucked. I recommend XM to all my friends.

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