I voted my XM proxy statement AGAINST the merger while everyone on the blogs was touting the merger. Now they are all lamenting what happened to the programming and the rates. (Didn't that "ala carte" channel proposal sound great? Didn't that "keep the same rates for three years" sound good? HAH! Too bad both services have the same channels now and have found innovative ways to gouge the customers!) All I can say is thank God the government blocked the proposed DirecTV-Echostar (DISH network) merger several years ago!!!!