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Old 12-31-2006, 11:48 AM   #16
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The outlook expressed in this reality-check article also gets to me. To think that Sirius went out of its way to get Howard and the other "attractions" and find itself "plateaued" after only a year makes one wonder what's left out there to grab. Now the question is: will Sirius be good at supporting its subscription base with quality programming because that's where it stands to loose the most. It looks to me like we're approaching the time where subscription numbers are leveling out, and looks like this period may have approached much sooner than expressed in some business article I read earlier this Fall.

I for one joined Sirius on November 7 of 2005 in anticipation of You-know-what and reniewed my yearly subscription this past month. Now You-know-Who is 53 and realizes his jokes may be going out of style, at least for him, as expressed by the countless moments of silence and annoying "humms" throughout his show. That may not translate well in the coming year for the Howie fans.

Finally, satellite radio is like other technology enterprises: there's a time for growth and a time for sustenance and we're approaching it. I would define sustenance as the ability for a company to stay healthy through revenues generated by a fervent customer base. Now that Sirius put so much at stake in 2005-2006, will it be able to keep us around. That is my concern.
Ok I gotta ask...if your so concerned and focused on the negative aspects of sirius....why'd ya re-up? I know it wasn't for "howie" or do you enjoy long pauses in your radio programming?
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:40 PM   #17
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Siriusurfer, I'm a techno-freak but your question is justified. I re-subbed for a couple of reasons. First off, there's absolutely nothing left to listen to on FM around Montreal except for a certain French-speaking morning show. AM (my favorite band) is all but dead with the old powerhouses either closing down, going ethnic or taking power down to a miserable 1KW. So satellite is hardly an option.

Second, I can hardly stand not having radio, especially when traveling, I'm addicted to the 70s channel (with the old JAM jingles), surfing and to have CNN and alike on-the-go. I've practically given up on Howie or listen to little else than the news with Robin.

Because I am a big music fan and still find Sirius to be a relatively cheap thrill (with the convenience of online streaming) I choose to stick around. I typically wrote my piece on the grounds that the outlook provided on the homepage was depressing enough.

Finally, I was also sparked by the fact that a recent article was depicting the same grim outlook for the cellphone industry which has already leveled off. In Canada, companies like Telus are already admitting that most of their foreseable revenue "growth" will derive from sales to existing customers. Not that they really compare but technologies llke cellphones will survive and keep generating at least cashflow revenue simply by infrastructure upkeeping while satellite radio requires constant novelty and attention to programming to maintain subscription loyalty.

All this just to say, will Sirius and XM be interested enough in their line of business to sustain (keeping us around) by continuing to "up the ante" on programming? I'm willing to stick around long enough to see where that's going.
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The outlook expressed in this reality-check article also gets to me. To think that Sirius went out of its way to get Howard and the other "attractions" and find itself "plateaued" after only a year makes one wonder what's left out there to grab. Now the question is: will Sirius be good at supporting its subscription base with quality programming because that's where it stands to loose the most. It looks to me like we're approaching the time where subscription numbers are leveling out, and looks like this period may have approached much sooner than expressed in some business article I read earlier this Fall.

I for one joined Sirius on November 7 of 2005 in anticipation of You-know-what and reniewed my yearly subscription this past month. Now You-know-Who is 53 and realizes his jokes may be going out of style, at least for him, as expressed by the countless moments of silence and annoying "humms" throughout his show. That may not translate well in the coming year for the Howie fans.

Finally, satellite radio is like other technology enterprises: there's a time for growth and a time for sustenance and we're approaching it. I would define sustenance as the ability for a company to stay healthy through revenues generated by a fervent customer base. Now that Sirius put so much at stake in 2005-2006, will it be able to keep us around. That is my concern.
I'm in the same camp as you but am still very hardcore into Howard. I do, however, understand what you mean about him losing interest big time. Seems like the first few months into Sirius, he was hyped and so was everyone else. The show hasn't really slipped in quality but has in qauntity, which tells me that he is much more interested in retiring than in the show, which is sad. I think in the next few years, we'll have to really hear for ourseleves if after this contract, Howard is done. If he is, it's kind of a sad way to go. He could've easily made 10 on Sirius!
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Thanks for the reply pluche...I can see your point to a certain degree, I guess some of us choose to focus on the positive side of the satrad industry. I was reading a blog the other day and it said that Wimax could affect the cellphone and the satrad industries in about 5-10 yrs....but by then who knows what will happen so I just enjoy what I have today....like the 70's channel(one of my presets)
I do try to keep an eye on the news about technology but in the end I'm just a fan and not an investor so I guess I don't have as big a stake in this as some do..
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Hummm... Wifi, Wimax, EVDO, etc. Siriusurfer, now you just hit a sore spot. Last month, I invested into a Treo 700wx cellphone (excuse me, a frickin' smartphone!). Now that thing relies on a broadband network called "EVDO" and for three months, I have unlimited use of this wireless connection. So what I do is on my way to and from work, connect to an old online favorite of mine called m1live.com. This is a euro-dance type internet station that the phone picks up through the Shoutcast network. Nothing really fancy about that except for being a winamp stream playing at... 128 kb/ps!

What's my point? Well, I commute a good 15 miles back and forth every day and for the life of me, whenever I connect to the stream, for whatever duration, IT NEVER BREAKS OR DROPS! The EVDO network is a 300 to 600kb/s connection which is really slow by today's standards. When Wimax goes live, we'll enjoy speeds upwards of 30MB/s. That my friend will bring everything down from the telephone pole to the birds in the sky.

That won't be 10-15 years from now, the WinMax technology has been around since 2003, it is currently held in wraps SOLELY due to disagrements amongst IEEE members as to what exactly it should be referred to in the marketplace in the 802.x family of wireless connections!

I say by 2010, IEEE conflicts will be resolved and WiMax will be sure to please and we'll have to say a definitive farewell to HD/AM/FM/XM but that's where it might end. Sirius positioned itself earlier this Fall with its online offering and that could/may/might prove to be a winning card that would keep the name alive. Great market mutations are in the works. See guys, not all my thinking is forcefully negative but that little miserable box we're so fond of despite its tight-a$$ SQ might just go the way of last night's beer bottle(s)!
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