Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:03 AM
For some info not straight from the company, the services are both maxed out right now and they want to do video. If they have to give services to public intrest channels, they have to either drop some they have now or starve them for bit rate. This will have a massive impact on quality as the current sound quality suffers at times.
As far as not needing a radio, how will they give me the simulcast channels considering the bandwidth crunch? They can;t. So, I guess they are just going to kill the quality to give me some Sirius channels that I do not want, since if I did want them, I am free to get Sirius tomorrow. If they would bring out a new radio, then I could at least getboth.
Then, how can they say that they only needed to develop a dual band radio but not sell, it, that is marketing BS straight from the Sat Radio companies. Why would they Feds have that requirement in the original deal if they did not mean for the radio to be sold? It was widely reported when the services debuted that they would be coming out with dual band radios soon and both companies never said a thing to deny it, while basking in all the free publicity the news stories gave them. Of course, the original license also said no merger, but why let those silly little things stop us?
Yes there is some duplication, but again, how can that save bandwidth if I have no radio to pick up and decode the Sirus frequencies? Sure, they could take all the decades channels on the 2 services and save 7 channels, but since Mel does not think I need a new radio, they still have to send out the same thing twice. THe best thing they can do is leave everythign alone until they can change out radios for people and then make the changes.
I would love to be proven wrong, but this is not a good deal for the consumers of Satellite radio. Maybe one or both would have gone out, but what we will get out of this is no better IMO. At least if one went out, another company migh have decided to give it a try.
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.