As far as "dual" radios..
My guess is that a revamp of channels will happen.
That's an interesting situation post merger. Mel has stated that you will be able to keep the same service you have now for the same price. You would think that the merged company would be interested in cutting redundant content (most music channels) and just broadcasting the same content to both systems. I would assume they could save alot of cash...I just don't know how feasible that sounds. So technically, it won't be the same service.
My guess also is that "tiered" subscriptions are on their way too.
Absolutely. It's technically XMSirius' way of raising prices and covering it up by saying it's just a way of providing more options for their subscribers. Sirius customers can pick 50 of the Sirius channels you want for $6.99...if you want Howard, it'll cost you an extra $6/mo. Want sports premiums? That'll be another $5/mo. Probably 70 channels for $16 bucks? No thank you. OR, a Sirius customer can pick 100 Sirius channels and a choice of only
11 best of XM channels for $14.99/mo. 100 channels for $15/mo...not quite, I'd like to stick with my 170 channels for $13/mo. Granted, I probably only listen to 30 channels on the XM platform, I still like having the variety and all of those channels at my fingertips. I'd love to just pick whatever channels I want off of both platforms, but that just doesn't seem possible in this tiered plan. I'll probably just stick with the $12.95/mo XM version and hold onto it as long as I can.
That wont make people happy, paying for a subscription for radio is an ok thing.
From a discount, I recently paid $77/year for my XM on my new Honda with built in XM, even at the $12/month rate.
To get people to pay upwards of $20/mo I think just wont happen.
People are paying absorbanant rates for high speed internet, cable or satellite tv, and to through another $20-30/mo on radio?
Not gonna happen here. Thats for sure.
I've been with XM for about 5 years and I still hear the typical, "How you can justify paying for radio?" It's easy for me...I travel alot and I like the fact that I can stay on the same channel. I also like O&A and hockey. It's perfect for me. But $16+/mo? I might reconsider, or at least cancel a radio or two to try and cut some costs. And even if it includes a bunch of Sirius channels...I don't care, not much interests me over there. I was happy paying $9.99/mo back in the day...$13/mo is silly, but $16+ is ridiculous.