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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:56 pm

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Postby LBJackal » Wed Oct 20, 2004 4:08 pm

Wow, for having such a small subscriber base, they sure are spending a lot on rights. $650M for 11 years of baseball seems reasonable. But $500M for 5 years of Howard Stern 8-o The guy's making $100M a year! Damn. Assuming 250 shows per year, that's $400,000 per show! On the average, over the next 5 years, he's making $3.17 every single second of every single day!

I guess satellite radio is the next big thing. Or is it already a big thing, and I'm just not hip to the style?
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Postby Madison » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:06 pm

It's about time and not much of a shock that XM bid that much for baseball. XM Radio and Sirius are waging war out there:


A fierce battle is brewing between XM Satellite and Sirius for their nascent satellite subscription radio services.

Sirius earlier this month signed raunchy radio host Howard Stern to a five-year, $500 million deal. And last December Sirius reached a seven-year agreement to broadcast National Football League games live nationwide



Sirius laid claim to Football and Stern. XM had to make a big move.


Should be interesting to see what all each one of them has lined up when I finally purchase one or the other. :-)
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Postby Rico The Retard » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:11 pm

I have a question about these two radios, i have seen them hundreds of times advertised but i really don't know what is so great about them, arent they just radios?
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Postby Madison » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:25 pm

Rico The Retard wrote:I have a question about these two radios, i have seen them hundreds of times advertised but i really don't know what is so great about them, arent they just radios?


Commercial free digital sound. :-)
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Postby Rico The Retard » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:32 pm

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Postby thetongueoffire » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:41 pm

Rico The Retard wrote:I have a question about these two radios, i have seen them hundreds of times advertised but i really don't know what is so great about them, arent they just radios?


and they have stations for genres as well

and the reception is much greater. no breaking up as you drive through some crappy town in the middle of nowhere
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Postby wrveres » Wed Oct 20, 2004 7:02 pm

I guess my question is this ...

are people really ready to pay 10 bucks a month to listen to the radio? Especially for something that has always been free. I personally don't think so. I know I am not going to.

and as far as the technology goes, I think its just a brief stepping stone. Kind of like cassettes were to vinyl, and how CD's were to DVD and MP3. Or even cordless phones to cellular phones. Heck we can already send images over our cell phones. Its just a matter of years till we get live TV images on them too. So IMO, paying all of this money in long term, multi million dollar contracts is going to be their financial downfall.

i won't buy it

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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Fri Oct 22, 2004 1:19 pm

wrveres wrote:Its just a matter of years till we get live TV images on them too.


I saw a story abou it on the news the other day, so it's already here. ;-D I agree with you though.
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