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XM Eyeing Commercials...Again

Discussion in 'Sirius XM General Discussion' started by Nick, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Mar 9, 2006 #1 of 29

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    "Four music stations programmed by Clear Channel
    Communications will start carrying advertising"

    XM Satellite is going back to commercials.

    When the service first launched, advertising showed up on some
    of the channels on a limited basis. But that commercial push went
    away quickly in 2004 after the satellite radio service went into
    head-to-head competition with Sirius. Now, according to Wednesday's
    Wall Street Journal, commercials are back at the No. 1 DARS player.

    The business publication said that in the next few weeks, four music
    stations on XM programmed by Clear Channel Communications will
    start carrying advertising, required under terms of a recently negotiated
    settlement between the companies - and competitors.

    Clear Channel and other traditional radio broadcasters have been
    battling satellite radio, though the AM/FM giant has a stake in XM.
    At first, Clear Channel's ownership in XM was 19 percent, but through
    dilution and stock sales that stake is now 3.2 percent.

    www.SkyReport.com - used with permission
  2. Mar 9, 2006 #2 of 29
    Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Ah, yes, a new marketing advance by Sirius. I find it interesting that they made a big deal of getting rid of advertising when they raised the price from $9.99 to $12.99 per month. Of course, this obviously means they will roll back subscription prices to $9.99. :rolleyes:
  3. Mar 9, 2006 #3 of 29

    speedcouch AllStar

    Jun 23, 2004
    Any idea which FOUR channels will have commercials? I certainly hope it's none of my favorites (7, 46, 10, 11, 16).

  4. Mar 9, 2006 #4 of 29

    FavreJL04 Legend

    Feb 4, 2006

    Sources on XMFan and XM411 state that the four channels that will use commercials are 11-Nashville, 21-Kiss, 22-Mix, and 24-Sunny. I have not seen an "official" statement on these stations, but that seems to be the going word right now.
  5. Mar 9, 2006 #5 of 29

    IowaStateFan Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    What does this have to do with Sirius?
    XM has publically stated that they are still committed to commercial free music channels. This goes back to a deal that they made to get Clear Channel to invest in their startup. I don't know the details, but apparently they had some sort of ad revenue sharing agreement with CC and when they pulled the ads CC took them to arbitration and won. Now XM must air a certain amount of commercials. That's why they added WLW from Cinncinnati to their lineup. I think CC is playing hardball trying to make XM look bad. They don't want XM advertising 100% commercial free music. XM has changed their ad to the most commercial free music channels.
  6. Mar 9, 2006 #6 of 29
    Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    i think you got that right.
  7. Mar 9, 2006 #7 of 29

    LtMunst Hall Of Fame

    Aug 24, 2005

    XM can play hardball right back. The've announced that they will add 4 new channels to offset the ones from CC. Next, I'd bet they bump the CC channels up into the 200's. Most listeners would forget they were even there.
  8. Mar 9, 2006 #8 of 29

    matty8199 Icon

    Dec 4, 2005
    XM should add commercial free versions of the stations they're being forced to add commercials on, as a way to tell CC to go F*@# themselves...

    on edit: GMTA, LtMunst - you beat me to it by 2 mins...

    Have they announced the new channels?
  9. Mar 9, 2006 #9 of 29

    matty8199 Icon

    Dec 4, 2005
    Here's a part of the official release from XM, confirming what channels will have commercials added:


  10. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    Where are they going to get the bandwidth to add 4 new music channels?

    I don't suppose they could compress the &*(^ out of the CC channels, could they? ;)
  11. kwajr

    kwajr Icon

    Apr 7, 2004
    i think they should move them to online only then replace them with the same format ,with new names
  12. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Word on XM411 is that CC is guaranteed 250Kbps of bandwidth for their 4 channels.
  13. georgecostanza

    georgecostanza Mentor

    Jan 10, 2005
    just one more reason to dump XM, Sirius is the place to be.
  14. pez2002

    pez2002 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 13, 2002
    i just wont listen to the 4 channels thats all

    not dumping my xm for anything i love it :)
  15. unxadm

    unxadm New Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    I am going to have them parental blocked that way they won't even show up. Who knows maybe by having them blocked it will be one less listener that has the ability to listen to any CC stations. I would hope that means when CC trys to sell adveritsing they would have to minus off the folks who have the channel blocked. Might send a message.
  16. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    Since you brought up the point...

    Why can't Sirius and XM coexist? If you like Sirius, enjoy it. If you like XM, Enjoy it.

    Personally, I subcribe to XM, I don't listen to any of the Clear Channel Stations and I have no interest in switching, especially since Sirius doesn't carry MLB.
  17. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    It's funny but with the changes coming in the talk shows on Sirius I am thinking of switching to XM. :lol:
  18. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Because like any industry where there are two major players hatred breads with the service you don't choose. Ford v Chevy, Pepsi v Coke, DirecTV v Dish.

    Having both XM and Sirius is the only option, and I will never drop either service. XM is being forced to add commercials on the 4 stations Clear Channel had a hand in, none of which I listen to. Hopefully when this agreement expires so will these channels. I hate the fact XM is adding commercials, but it not their choice, and I will continue to love and support XM Satellite Radio ALONG with Sirius Satellite Radio.
  19. IowaStateFan

    IowaStateFan Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    It's just a childish mine's better than your's argument. I have XM only because that's what my wife got me. It's okay 'cause I really like baseball on the radio, but I'd love to have Sirius for football and some of their college sports (Iowa State is on Sirius :( ). Just can't justify 2 subscriptions.
  20. djwww98

    djwww98 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    I've spent a lot of time listening to both...XM via D* at work and Sirius in my car. Before we got D* at work I was streaming Sirius over the internet. I've come to the conclusion that I prefer Sirius. I like the channel selection better and more importantly, Sirius has much better sound quality. Even streaming over the internet the quality is good; the sound quality is as good if not better than any other streaming source I've run across. XM via D* is horrible...worse than FM...basically standard def tv quality, which is like AM radio. Given the choice, I stream Sirius.

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