In anticipation of XM/Sirius merge.....so have we!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Here are the Sirius/XM merge details as reported by the
    Associated Press...



    It is our personal hope that the XM/Sirius merger happens. We see
    it as a great benefit to satellite radio subscribers.

    In anticipation that the merger will be approved, as well as the relaxed
    feelings towards both companies, we have combined the two satellite
    radio forums into one.
     
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    I would suspect this to be a "done deal."

    Actually, I'm looking forward to one satellite radio service.
     
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    This is from the xm411 merger forum. Personally I am 100% against the merger.

     
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    so what are the pros and cons of a merger.

    seems that it would be bad due to no competition
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    Actually, right now there is a ton of competition... from non-unified sources. SIRIUS and XM are both working as a broadcast provider that is non-FCC regulated. When they first launched birds up, this seemed like a kind of niche market. But now, there are companies putting out MP3 ready head units for cars, etc. and so SIRIUS / XM are now in direct competition with: PodCasts, Internet Radio, IPod, and now, with streaming online content to it things like the iPhone are really changing the game.

    In the reality of it, they aren't competing with each other as much as they are one niche product competing in a large field of niche products as content providers. Preventing them from merging only pretty much guarantees they stay relatively small and never really act as a true competitor to any; they have nowhere near the market penetration, even combined, of newer cell phones which can receive (and play) internet radio ... the drive to say "Merging is always bad" sometimes is defeatist to the consumer when a failure to merge just means the end loss of both companies or the death of one or the other, and so consumers have fewer choices in the end then they would if a merger were successful and provided a solvent company [​IMG]
     
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    Chris,

    You point out a necessary fact. The field has widened substantially
    since both companies came into existence about 5 years ago.

    I'm surprised the merger decision has taken this long. Mel Karmazin
    was confident that a decision would be reached and companies
    merged before Christmas.

    I'm still hoping for a merger. Though I'm not particularly happy
    about XM giving up its brand to Sirius, I do realize the necessity
    for this to happen in order for satellite radio to keep footing within
    the competition you noted above.
     

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