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With the merger does it matter which equipment I get?
Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:04 PM
Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:45 PM
My advice - go with whatever service has the programming you want now. It could be more than a year before the new receivers are out.
Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:27 AM
DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 12:13 AM
Posted 06 May 2008 - 07:08 AM
Designing and building a radio isn't their main concern at this point - it's getting the deal approved. If the deal doesn't get approved by the FCC and they had spent all the money on developing a new radio then certainly shareholders won't be happy. Furthermore, the third party radio manufacturers that develop and produce the units for XM and Sirius (Delphi, for one) won't want to spend the money on development until the deal's approved either. Yeah, I'm sure some prototypes exist, but they're probably far from finalized.
As far as production and testing is concerned... Look at the AM21 that DirecTV just released last week. It was introduced at CES in early January at which time I assume it was already done being engineered. It was announced here in mid-March that field trials had been taking place. It was released to the general public almost four months after it was first formally announced. And this is a niche item that only a few thousand will use that has few moving parts (proverbially-speaking). With the new radios you're talking about developing, testing and distributing radios that (the companies hope) millions will want to buy. I would think that we're talking about a year from the time the merger is approved to the time they start hitting the shelves. I'm obviously speculating here so you never know!
If I didn't have service and wanted it I wouldn't let this make my decision. Price is another issue altogether - if you can't afford the service as is then you may want to wait for the new packages to be introduced. Not trying to get personal here, but if you can't fit the $12 package into your budget I would question if you can fit the $7 package in either. You're talking about $60 more per year.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:05 AM
By the way, yes I understand that current radios are supposed to work fine after the merger- BUT I assume they won't be able to pick up both Sirius and XM signals. Which is what I want. Again it goes back to the long term aspect. I plan on never going back to terrestrial radio- hate it with a passion.
Hopefully by this time next year it will be a done deal..