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XM / Sirius merger approved by FCC Chairman- With conditions.


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#51 OFFLINE   paulman182

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:50 AM

I would think if XM was bit-starved for transmissions direct from their birds to their receivers, then XM would also be bit-starved from their birds to DIRECTV's uplink centers back down to DIRECTV receivers ...


I don't believe that DirecTV picks the signal up from the same XM satellites that consumers do. The feed on my XM receiver is a couple of seconds behind the feed coming from DirecTV.

Perhaps someone with direct knowledge can comment, but I think DirecTV gets a fiber feed or its own satellite feed, which may not have the severe bandwidth limitations one finds on the consumer XM satellites.

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#52 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:33 AM

It certainly would be a lot simpler to work with direct feeds from XM (or Sirius for DISH customers). Can you imagine a bank of 60 satellite radios feeding audio to encoders? It's already encoded at XM/Sirius ... why not just tap off of those feeds?

#53 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:49 AM

If only XM would drop their traffic and weather service... Those have gotta eat up bandwidth. (http://www.xmradio.c...ather/index.xmc)

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:01 AM

Actually, the traffic and weather channels are compressed to crazy levels so while they (and the channels like CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, etc do take up space, you can get several of them in the space of one music channel.


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.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:27 AM

Why does everyone assume XM and Sirius will carry the same basic programming after the merger.

Wouldn't it make more sense for them to make one of the services more music oriented and the other more news, information and sports oriented. Thus ultimately giving people a reason to subscribe to both?

Plus, not duplicating some of the programming that's currently on both services would free up additional bandwidth for new programming.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:28 AM

Why does everyone assume XM and Sirius will carry the same basic programming after the merger.

See http://www.siriusmerger.com/

The planed programming packages are up on that site. We assume it because we are told. :)

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:45 PM

Lee - I'm not talking about traffic and weather channels. I'm talking about XM WX (see link in earlier post).

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:13 AM

Lee - I'm not talking about traffic and weather channels. I'm talking about XM WX (see link in earlier post).


XM WX is a data service, which most likely takes up very little bandwidth in the scheme of things.
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:58 AM

FCC Commissioner Adelstein wants more concessions - and he may be the key vote to approving this merger. More here: http://apnews.myway..../D9205MQG1.html

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:37 PM

He wants them to give away 25% of their bandwidth. The guy is nuts and, obviously has no real world, non-government experience. Then again, he's only half as stupid as those who wanted them to give away half of the bandwidth earlier in this process. Anyone who wants this to go through had better hope this guy's vote isn't needed.

I wonder what 75 channels of "non commercial and minority" programmnig would be like. I don't know if there is enough public radio type programming out there.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:50 AM

Adelstein votes NO.
http://ap.google.com...kPX1DAD923KS0G1

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:55 AM

Updated story:
http://ap.google.com...kPX1DAD923L7S80

"I was hoping to forge a bipartisan solution that would offer consumers more diversity in programming, better price protection, expanded choices among innovative devices and real competition with digital radio," it read. "Instead, it appears they're going to get a monopoly with window dressing. We really missed a great opportunity to reach a bipartisan agreement that would have benefited the American people."


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