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The XM and Sirius agreement should have been done a long time ago and is the only thing that will give satellite radio any real chance at long-term survival. Subscription products in a free environment are always niche, and cross-platform incompatibility prevents complete market penetration. Eliminating system incompatibilities will enable people to buy a satellite radio without any worries that they are buying a dead horse. Format wars are alway dumb, as nobody really ever wins.

ABC News has confirmed reports that two satellite radio providers XM and Sirius will announce a long-anticipated merger today.

The two companies worked over the weekend to finalize a plan that is expected to be structured as a “merger of equals,” although ABC News has learned the plan calls for Sirius CEO Mel Karamzen to run the new company.

As I said above, this is the only thing that will give subscription (ad-supported may come and dominate for all we know)  satellite radio any opportunity to succeed.



  1. Smartalix says:

    30,

    Well said.

  2. James Hill says:

    #30 gets +5 smarty points.

  3. ECA says:

    30,
    remove the First paragrph and you are almost right…

    they took current/old tech, and STILL do..
    they made it so you didnt need an antanna, they increased channel selection…But, they went into areas that HAD Broadcast TV, and into Cities ONLY…and this is STILL the format they use.
    They dont, and will NOT run a COAX out into the middle of nowhere.
    They gave a Better signal, most time, Less hassle in tuning, and more selection.

  4. SN says:

    33. “They dont, and will NOT run a COAX out into the middle of nowhere.”

    I’m sorry but you’re completely ignorant about the origin of the cable TV industry. It started solely to provide TV to areas that could not obtain an over-the-air signal. That’s a simple fact. I’m talking about an industry that started way back in the 40s. Probably way before your time. (It was certainly before my time!)

    “they made it so you didnt need an antanna”

    I seem to remember saying that.

    “But, they went into areas that HAD Broadcast TV”

    I seem to remember saying that.

    “They gave a Better signal, most time, Less hassle in tuning, and more selection.”

    Yep, I said that too.

  5. 700WLW says:

    “In-Stat: Digital Radio Set to Take Off”

    “In 2006, 73 percent of respondents to an In-Stat U.S. consumer survey were aware of HD Radio on some level.”

    http://beradio.com/eyeoniboc/instat-digital-radio-set/

    “Sirius, XM, and HD: Consumer interest reality check” (Alexaholic)

    “While interest in satellite radio is diminishing, interest in HD shows no signs of a pulse.”

    http://www.hear2.com/2007/02/sirius_xm_and_h.html#comments

    This just confirms, the lack of interest for HD Radio, on Google Trends:

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=%22hd+radio%22%2C+xm%2C+sirius&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all

    HD Radio/IBOC is dead.