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Postby RugbyD » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:24 pm

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RugbyD wrote:this event basically says to me that satellite radio is not viable yet as a commercial enterprise because it can't make money outside of a monopolistic environment.

I was thinking the same thing. ;-D

The problem is that the value added by not having commercials isn't enough to sustain the infrastructure required to operate the system.

if the iPod didn't exist, i think they'd be ok. not necessarily profitable yet, but not so far away either.
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Postby ironman » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:28 pm

I have XM and love it. The minimal commercials is nice, but I really like the variety of stations. So much better than the crap on FM. In our area we have nothing but horrible pop/Top 40 stations, new country, and one classic rock station that is pretty bad.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:57 pm

This made my day. The only bad thing I had to say about Sirius was no baseball. This is just awesome. :-D
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Postby Simulacrum » Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:41 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
RugbyD wrote:this event basically says to me that satellite radio is not viable yet as a commercial enterprise because it can't make money outside of a monopolistic environment.

I was thinking the same thing. ;-D

The problem is that the value added by not having commercials isn't enough to sustain the infrastructure required to operate the system.


The saddest part is- there are still commercials on the talk channels. Granted, it's only about 5-10 minutes every hour, but it chaps my hide that Sirius says they are 100% commercial free when they are not!

The music channels have no commercials, and Howard Stern only breaks for about 10 minutes out of every 90. However, the ESPN channel and the NFL channel do break somewhat frequently. Still, being able to listen to Howard on my way to work and Pardon the Interruption on the way home for my half hour commute makes it all worth it. :-°

And now I'm going to have baseball too! Joy of joys! :-)
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Postby ironman » Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:09 pm

I got XM because that's what came with my car. :-D

I'm paid up for the year, but I also just had my car added to my mother-in-law's account so I just pay her for the cost of having an extra radio on her account rather than the full single subscription price.

If I eventually had to pay $25 a month I probably would cancel. I can get Cubs games on AM radio here and I usually get the MLB Gameday Audio.
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Postby thedude » Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:11 pm

I personally do not like the merger. This is going me more because an Oligopoly has lower prices than a Monopoly. Sirius adds nothing useful to XM. NFL on the radio? Come on... My activities during an NFL game and driving are mutually exclusive (if you get my drift). :-t
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Postby EricF » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:15 pm

One of the consumer benefits the companies have cited is "more choices". The term "a la carte" gets thrown in once in a while. They also mention that XM listeners will be able to hear football and Sirius listeners will be able to hear baseball. I'm suspecting that when the merger happens, the music will be the basic subscription, and if we want to choose baseball, football, or both, we'll pay extra.
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Postby acsguitar » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:28 pm

I bought XM and loved the baseball but hated the music selection.

I got Sirius for free with the pInk Jeep and LOVE IT... The music is 100000 times better. Unfortuantely there is no baseball..Until now!
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Postby Simulacrum » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:56 pm

Any other Stern fans on the site?
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Postby Coppermine » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:18 pm

I'm gonna get me some XeriuM satellite radio!
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