XM Satellite Radio is raising the ante in its programming battle with rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., signing an 11-year programming deal with Major League Baseball. More HERE. ADDED: 2:25PM CDT Found this interesting. 36 million Free To Air (FTA) satellite receivers will be shipped this year worldwide vs. only 29 million pay TV boxes. A large reason for this is that FTA receiver prices are coming down. Definitely an excellent alternative. More HERE in our FTA forum.