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teddy ballgame wrote:I've been considering satellite radio, but was torn because one offered MLB and the other NFL. If they merge and offer both then it's a no-brainer to take the dive.
email i got today wrote:February 20, 2007
Dear XM Radio Subscriber:
We want to share with you some exciting news: Yesterday, in Washington DC, we
announced XM Radio will be merging with Sirius Satellite Radio to form the premier
digital audio service.
The merger will create a satellite radio company that will provide consumers across
the country with more and better premium radio programming. The combined company
will be able to compete better in what has become a very complex and dynamic
Where today our exclusive contracts mean you had to choose between baseball and
football or Oprah and Martha Stewart, the new company will seek to ensure that in
the future, you will be able to access both companies' programming. And, once we
are fully integrated, those of you who have factory-installed satellite radio will
no longer be limited to the programming provided by the exclusive satellite radio
service chosen by their car manufacturer.
This merger should be completed in late 2007 or early in 2008. Throughout the year,
we will provide updates on how the merger is progressing and information will be
available at our website, http://www.xmradio.com.
Between today and the merger date, as well as during the period immediately after
the merger date, all of your services will remain the same. The channel lineup, the
customer service number, the great music technology, and the XM Radio web site will
all remain unchanged and there will be no disruption to service. But, if you have
questions, information will be available and maintained on our website, and you can
contact our Listener Care team at 800-XMRADIO, with questions and concerns.
XM Radio continues to be committed to providing you the highest quality audio
entertainment and customer service available today. After the merger, our new
company will be able to offer you the most exciting listening experience in radio.
CEO, XM Satellite Radio
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.
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