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OK, I am really afraid we are doomed to horrible sound quality. No way they can add all teh NFL channels to XM or all the college football channels to Sirius plus all this other stuff without a drastic change in either the number of other channels or tons more compression. Even with the non-music channels 20 -25 of them take us some space.
 

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Howard Stern will be the first to be blocked just like Opie and Anthony is.

I am afraid we will lose some good music channels for more useless talk and sports channels.
 

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Insted of this "best of" package, how about a single satellite radio capable of picking up both services (all the channels)? I don't like the idea of a "best of" versus getting them all. It's a waste of bandwidth to duplicate channels on both systems. OTOH with all those single service tuners out there I can see why Mel wanted this "best of" service. I can't see them mirroring the entile MLB or NFL package on the opposite system.
 

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CRAP!!! This means I have to buy a NEW receiver in order to get these Best Of Packages?!! :mad:
 

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Wow, incredibly disappointing. Martha, Oprah, PGA, Playboy Radio, those are the Best that each service has to offer? After 5 years with XM and 4 years with Sirius, I can come up with a much better package then that.
 

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CRAP!!! This means I have to buy a NEW receiver in order to get these Best Of Packages?!! :mad:
Assuming you already have one or the other system, you already get the channels chosen as "best of" for YOUR system. Your system will make "Best of [the OTHER system]" available to you, if you choose to purchase it, on your current receiver.
 

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Wow, incredibly disappointing. Martha, Oprah, PGA, Playboy Radio, those are the Best that each service has to offer Steve I agree this is not a good deal. I was hoping Sirius would be able to get the MLB package. I am now thinking I may not renew my subscription in the car now that I can pick up a few more stations. Plus for the home I got a Sony HD radio and it works great and we have a local ESPN radio that picks up Cubs games- so I think I am done with Sirius. Plus on I tunes i get more stations to listen too on the pc. Max.
 

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Wow, what did you guys want? Most of the stations on XM and Sirrus were pretty much the same so doing a "best of" would be the stations that were truly different. I for one being an XM sub since the first year they came out am very happy to see the NFL added. I would guess that a lot of the satellite subs are sports fans. I would also guess by next year you will see MLB on Sirrus. If you read the article these changes won't take place until October AFTER MLB is over....Plus with just having added Maddog radio I think you'll see a lot more changes coming. Tony Bruno even mentioned this week things could be happening with him and Satellite radio, I for one am excited to be able to get NFL, NBA, and a few other channels added to my radio.
 

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Assuming you already have one or the other system, you already get the channels chosen as "best of" for YOUR system. Your system will make "Best of [the OTHER system]" available to you, if you choose to purchase it, on your current receiver.
Phew. I had interpreted that as meaning I would have had to buy another receiver. :) I'm an XM sub with a XM2Go receiver in my bedroom, so I'm all set to go with these packages I guess when available. Thanks. Howard, NFL, Playboy Radio it's all good. :D
 

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Phew. I had interpreted that as meaning I would have had to buy another receiver. :) I'm an XM sub with a XM2Go receiver in my bedroom, so I'm all set to go with these packages I guess when available. Thanks. Howard, NFL, Playboy Radio it's all good. :D
wait i dont want martha radio can i just get howard100-101 ?
 

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Wow, what did you guys want? Most of the stations on XM and Sirrus were pretty much the same so doing a "best of" would be the stations that were truly different. I for one being an XM sub since the first year they came out am very happy to see the NFL added. I would guess that a lot of the satellite subs are sports fans. I would also guess by next year you will see MLB on Sirrus. If you read the article these changes won't take place until October AFTER MLB is over....Plus with just having added Maddog radio I think you'll see a lot more changes coming. Tony Bruno even mentioned this week things could be happening with him and Satellite radio, I for one am excited to be able to get NFL, NBA, and a few other channels added to my radio.
Well first, certain stations might be similar, but they are far from the same.

AS far as what people wanted, I honestly beleive that most people thought that something magic would happen and suddenly, all the good stations they liked from the other service would be available to them with the current radios and with no loss from the current lineup. Of course, each person has their own ideas about what is good and there is no room on the satellites for even 10 more stations without dumping existing programming so the whole thing was doomed from the start.
 

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Howard Stern will be the first to be blocked just like Opie and Anthony is.

I am afraid we will lose some good music channels for more useless talk and sports channels.
I really doubt that the Stern channel will ever be temporarily taken off the air to use the bandwidth for game broadcasts like other channels sometimes are. It would make no sense to do that with the most listened to channel on satellite radio. For obvious reasons, they do that with the lesser listened to channels.
 

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sum_random_dork said:
Wow, what did you guys want? Most of the stations on XM and Sirrus were pretty much the same so doing a "best of" would be the stations that were truly different. I for one being an XM sub since the first year they came out am very happy to see the NFL added. I would guess that a lot of the satellite subs are sports fans. I would also guess by next year you will see MLB on Sirrus. If you read the article these changes won't take place until October AFTER MLB is over....Plus with just having added Maddog radio I think you'll see a lot more changes coming. Tony Bruno even mentioned this week things could be happening with him and Satellite radio, I for one am excited to be able to get NFL, NBA, and a few other channels added to my radio.
In the premerger propaganda put together by Melvin and co to try to woo the FCC they stated there'd be 11 best of channels simulcast on the other service. Here's the 11 channels I would have chosen, a combo of the big names, flagship programming, the sports coverage and the truly unique music offerings. No complete sports play by play packages, only each sports respective dedicated talk channel. Sports play by play uses up too much bandwidth, put a few featured games on NFL Radio or NHL Home Ice and then use that as a marketing tool to up sell people to full subsctiptions.

And FYI, most stations on XM and Sirius are not the same, the only stations they have in common are the TV simulcasts, ESPN Radio, E! Radio, C-SPAN Radio, and Radio Disney. The music stations are in absolutely no way the same, some may be similar, but for example, Octane on Sirius is not the same as Squizz on XM, on paper it is according to the bean counters, but to those that actually listen, it's different. There is not one music channel on XM that's 'pretty much the same' as one ons Sirius and visa versa.

Best of XM:
The Virus
MLB Home Plate
NHL Home Ice
Fine Tuning
Enlighten
X Country
The Village
Deep Tracks
Cinemagic
Beyond Jazz
XM Kids

Best of Sirius:
Howard 100
Howard 101
NFL Radio
NBA Radio
NASCAR Radio
BBC Radio 1
Met Opera Radio
Faction
Outlaw Country
Radio Margaritaville
Underground Garage

Not that I really care, as I plan on keeping all of my subscriptions fully active until programming changes are made that I do not like, but if I fear Melvin is simply going after the big names, not what really should be showcased. And now with Melvin as king I see no end in sight to the BS one artist payola channel garbage that has been plaguing Sirius for years, and XM recently.
 

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pez2002 said:
wait i dont want martha radio can i just get howard100-101 ?
Don't want Martha either. I'll be requesting a block on that channel. :lol:
 

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The "Best of" doesn't sound all that great to me :( So I'll skip that. And since there are really only 2 stations that I listen to in my car on XM (I go back and forth between those two stations), if those stations go so do I :wave:
 

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Wow, incredibly disappointing. Martha, Oprah, PGA, Playboy Radio, those are the Best that each service has to offer Steve I agree this is not a good deal. I was hoping Sirius would be able to get the MLB package. I am now thinking I may not renew my subscription in the car now that I can pick up a few more stations. Plus for the home I got a Sony HD radio and it works great and we have a local ESPN radio that picks up Cubs games- so I think I am done with Sirius. Plus on I tunes i get more stations to listen too on the pc. Max.
max1,
I think they are skipping MLB because it won't start until Oct 6 (after the season). I do wish they did add their MLB talk channel to the list though.
 

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Give me the A La cart and I'll pick my best of stations.

Hopefully that will be soon. I thought that they were coming out with a new radio around 10/6 for the a la carte but I may be wrong,
 
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