I'd like some feedback to make certain I have this straight. In their original FCC applications, XM and Sirius both agreed not to merge. When they got into financial trouble, they crawled back to the FCC, begging for merger approval, and in return promised not to raise prices due to their new monopoly situation. Are these facts correct?
Yes that is correct. Just to start things off, I was against the merger from day 1, I still am, and I am completely unsatisfied with what it's turned in to, that said, Sirius XM is really doing nothing wrong here. There was nothing in the FCC ruling that stated the price of additional receivers couldn't increase or that online listening couldn't be made a premium. This is an indirect price increase in essence and does not violate the FCC ruling. They skirted about wording, which is what any company that wants to make money does. If you have 1 subscription and don't utilized internet streaming you won't see on increase.
For web access, why not just listen to XM channels on a PC using a Slingbox connected to your home DirecTV receiver? Last January at MacWorld, Slingbox Media announced and demonstrated new iphone software compatibility for Slingbox HD. Wouldn't this arrangement provide the same functionality for iphone? Of course, this assumes that the XM Sirius channels you want are already delivered by DirecTV.
I suppose that could work, but not all of the 20 million Sirius XM subscribers have DirecTV.
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