XM/Sirus: DOJ approves merger

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by mhking, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Chris Freeland

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    Once the deal is complete, I may re-activate my XM and go with the $6.99 pick 50 plan. :)
     
  2. uscboy

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    That's fine - and I'm obviously aware of that... but that a satellite radio company
    does not make.

    If they had to rely on truckers for their market, neither company would exist. I
    still say for the masses that football on the radio.... meh. This isn't 1950.
     
  3. ld323

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    I wonder if the lifetime memberships for $500 will still be available???

    And HOW LONG should I wait for this to complete?!?!

    I'm desperate for satellite radio but I want to be able to buy a receiver that will pick up both signals!!
     
  4. Tom_S

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    You will need a new next-generation sat radio for that plan. Current radios will not be compatible with the ala carte plan.
     
  5. Uncle Freddy

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    New radios are required to get the A la Carte packages. How much these will cost and when they will be available hasn't been announced.
     
  6. tkrandall

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    really?! that could be years away, couldn't it?
     
  7. tcusta00

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    The new radios have already been in development throughout the merger, from what I understand.
     
  8. Lee L

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    Well, in theory, the new radios that could get both services have been in development since day one of SDARS since it is a requirement of the licensing terms.

    Personally, I will be surprised if there is any combo unit availble sooner than 1 year after the closure of the merger if it does go through.
     
  9. judson_west

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    So what ur saying is that there is plenty of capacity on both systems to allow for overlap programming and that the systems are not that incompatible so there should be no trouble in manufacturing a receiver that can receiver both signals.

    If this is the case, I'm sure XM/Sirius would love to hear from you. :nono:
     
  10. mightymouse

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    The way I read it, the pick 50 is only XM or Sirius, you can't pick and choose between the two. The pick 100, however, you can. Therefore a new radio would be necessary for the 100, but I don't see it necessary for the 50.
     
  11. ehilbert1

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    I don't think it will be a big deal for people to buy new radios. I go to Siriusbackstage all the time and those guys switch radios like underwear. As soon the Stilleto 2 came out people rushed to upgrade. I think this will be great.

    As for people thinking they will fold because no one will pay for radio..... I had a lot of friends that felt that way and then they tried Sirius. No comercials and uncensored radio........ That sold them in 1 week. None of us ever listen to regular radio. HD radio is a joke. You still get commercials,its all censored and lets see you drive cross country and listen to the same station. Oh wait a minute you can't.
     
  12. tcusta00

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    How about when it's installed by the OEM in your vehicle. :confused: :rolleyes:

    Just bought a new Honda that I plan to have for at least 5 years or so. Now what?
     
  13. Lee L

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    The integrated radios are the problem. Many people will not have a radio stuck on their dash no matter what or the only reason they subbed is because it was built in. Kind of silly to have a $40k BMW with steering wheel controls and have to reach up to your Skyfi suctioned to the window to change channels.
     
  14. ehilbert1

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    Hopefully they will come out with a "Brain" for those so you can get both services. I have a friend who has a GM and it came with XM. He wanted Sirius real bad. They ended up coming out with a new brain for his unit so he could have Sirius. It cost him $100 and he put it in himself. I would hope they could just do that for both services.
     
  15. Rich

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    Just an Imus wannabe. And I prefer Imus. And I don't listen to him anymore either. Sports talk radio in the NY area is the best in the country, just an opinion. But I know there is nothing like Mike and the Mad Dog or Max Kellerman on XM. XM does have a MLB station, but doesn't compare to the FAN or NYC's ESPNradio.

    Rich
     
  16. Rich

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    Here's a source that kinda hard to argue with: When Nixon was President, he commissioned an extensive study of the terrible effects of marijuana. It's purpose was to gather support for the war on drugs.

    I bought a copy of that study, read it, was puzzled and read it again. I found nothing negative about it. I read reviews of that study and I read about how embarrassed Nixon was by the conclusions of the study. The study found one major danger: People were being incarcerated for using, selling and possessing an innocuous weed that actually has great medicinal powers. At the time, that study was thought to be one of the most impartial studies ever commissioned by a government official or department.

    I'm not a proponent of drug use, but I believe that what you do in the privacy of your home, as long as no one is harmed, it's your business.

    Now that you opened the door, I can't think of anything much dumber than smoking cigarettes. A known carcinogen being sold to anyone at any time. And to top off the long range problems with cigarettes, it's so addictive it's practically impossible to stop.

    That felt good!

    Rich
     
  17. Chris Freeland

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    What is your source? From my understanding the $6.99 pick 50 plan is 50 channels of XM or 50 channels of Sirius, not a few from each service, their should be no tech reason why this service should not be available on legacy radio's. Now the $9.99 pick 100 pack is a different story because you can mix and match from both services, with this you would need a new radio. My guess is that only package's with both XM and Sirius channels would need new radio's. I suspect new radio's will be available after the merger, how difficult will it be to combine 2 tuners in one box? I suspect they have already worked on this.
     
  18. James Long

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    A good source would be the http://siriusmerger.com/ and http://xmmerger.com/ websites where they discuss these options and state:
    *Available only for subscribers using next generation receivers who select channels via the Internet.

    The footnote applies to both A La Carte I and II (the pick 50 and pick 100, respectively) on both systems.


    Sirius A La Carte I: Pick Your Own 50 (Optional: Add a Channel @ $.25 Each; Add Super Premium Packages @ $6.00 or $5.00 Each) - $6.99 plus

    Sirius A La Carte II: Pick Your Own 100 (Including some best of XM) - $14.99

    XM A La Carte I: Pick Your Own 50 from all but Premium (Optional: Add a Channel @$.25 each; Add Super Premium Packages @ $3.00 or $6.00 each) - $6.99 plus

    XM A La Carte II: Pick Your Own 100 (Including some best of Sirius) - $14.99
     
  19. tcusta00

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    Really? That's awesome, thanks, I didn't know that this kind of option even existed. I'm sure it will be an option if the above option existed.
     
  20. Cpt Guavaberry

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    For me, I'm okay with XM programming, except I'd like to add football, NASCAR (like we had on XM at one point), and Margaritaville radio. From the looks of i I'm gonna have to wait a few more years. By then, who knows what we'll be listening to, and with or on what?? :nono2:
     

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