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Old 08-06-2005, 01:51 PM   #16
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I have seen no announcements of XM going forward with it. The closest I've seen is that they are starting to spend money on doing reception surveys for the adding of repeaters. The one public press release they had indicated they are studying the decision by the CRTC.
It was on Orbitcast a month or 2 ago that they had said they planned on starting by the end of the year (I can't recall what month it said).
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I have seen no announcements of XM going forward with it. The closest I've seen is that they are starting to spend money on doing reception surveys for the adding of repeaters. The one public press release they had indicated they are studying the decision by the CRTC.
It was on Orbitcast a month or 2 ago that they had said they planned on starting by the end of the year (I can't recall what month it said).
I believe you are talking about the article below, but while this is a signal that they are moving forward, I don't see it as definitive. The 100k pledge is small money for PR while they busily analyze the deal behind the scenes. CSR is at XM's mercy as to whether or not they move forward.

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CSR pledges $100k to help Canadian music artists

Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR) is pledging $100,000 to help Quebec artists Les Trois Accords and Stefie Shock break into the international music scene - part of the CRTC conditions laid out to allow broadcasting of satellite radio in Canada.

CSR said it plans to invest $35 million to support the growth of the Canadian music and entertainment industry. They also plan to be up and running with its satellite-delivered subscription radio service by the end of the year.
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I think there's a bit of misunderstanding here. Sirius is not appealing the CRTC decision, neither is XM (CSR). CHUM and other Canadian organizations are appealing.
It is extremely naive to think that Sirius and XM have second thoughts about rolling out in Canada. It will be a very profitable opportunity and they can't miss it. All they are waiting for is the 90 day appeal period to expire and CRTC to ignore the appeals, coming from their would-be Canadian competitors.
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I also doubt that the CRTC will budge. It already seems like XM has accepted the conditions as they have purchased a new studio in Toronto complete with XM canada banners on the outside. If XM has agreed to the conditions already, it will make Sirius' appeal a whole lot tougher.
The only appeal I've hear of was filed by a competing applicant, CHUM group, not by XM or Sirius.

The appeal is not TO the CRTC. It is an appeal to the federal government cabinet for it to overturn the decision of the CRTC.
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Sirius is getting more and more popular in Canada all the time, over half the stereo retailers and almost all satellite stores are now carrying the American model receivers. All they need to do is use a credit card to purchase a subscription and use an American address, which most retailers are telling customers and some will provide it for you (just pulled out of the phone book)

I guess it is not 100% legal but Sirius is still getting subscribers this way, and we Canadians are getting good quality US radio without the CRTS censorship.
Sirius is the way to go as the orbiting sats give best coverage XM is pathetic up here.

Gray market would be a better description, just as the big C-Band sat dishes still are. Its the only way to still pay for HBO without worrying about signal theft.
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