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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

XM, Sirius To Merge

This just in: XM and Sirius satellite radio to merge operations. Combined they have about 14 million subscribers.

Satellite radio fans: Are you happy? Is this good news?


at 2/19/2007 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have XM and love will be interesting to see what happens with the channel lineup.

at 2/19/2007 6:41 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Wow! This has been rumored for a while. At one point the Feds (FCC I beleive) didn't want to allow it because it would create a monopoly. Much like the way the DirecTV/Dish Network merger was nixed.

I'm a very very happy Sirius subscriber. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. Sirius is pretty heavy on exclusive content (NASCAR, NFL, NHL, Stern, etc etc). I think it would only make sense for all of that to stay and for them merge in anything from XM that's worth keeping. I guess only time will tell...

at 2/19/2007 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet this means that satellite radio will now have ala cart options like cable. A basic subscription with base channels and packages that can be added on like baseball football, etc. Also an add on for the shock jocks like opie and anthony and howard stone. It will be alot like cable tv now.

I am an XM subscriber and am waiting to see what happens.

at 2/20/2007 1:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fer cryin out loud, John -- if you're going to blog, learn how to hotlink!

at 2/20/2007 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good, they're merging... Now, when they jack up the fee to $35 per month and blanket the programming with commercials, we'll see how thrilled you remain...

at 2/22/2007 4:20 PM Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

Looks like a move of desperation to me. The market never was large enough to support two providers. And it's going to get tighter as the novelty wears off.

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