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SIRIUS XM Radio (Merger Mania) Now that the FCC has "approved" the merger, discuss all the aspects of it and the newly formed company.

 
 
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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Why cant we do this? Mel mentioned paying 12.95 a month for it. It should be just like adding a Sirius radio. Think of the whole new market that would create.

I believe more people would get it at the 6.99 a month than at the 12.95. What are your opinions.

Who can I send this idea to at Sirius XM?
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:48 AM   #2
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I dunno but I cannot believe you are the first person to even bring this up. Good job cause $6.95 is DEFINITELY worth it if you are looking to get baseball or snoopdog's station.
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Personally, I would not do it unless I was in a situation where I had no easy choice (i.e. bought a car with a XM OEM radio).

With the exception of 2 or 3 channels, I prefer the music programming on Sirius over XM. Any baseball I need I can get on the good old AM radio. I have the football that I really want on Sirius. Other than Stern, I am not really that much of a talk radio person. And, if I want to listen to Opie and Anthony for a bit, I can hear them on FM.

I think the concept, however, is a good one. Pay for one radio subscription at full cost, then add up to four additional receivers (XM or Sirius) for $6.99/mo.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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SO WHAT THE HELL WAS THE BENEFIT OF THE MERGER???

I though that i would now pay $6.99 rather than $12.95 for my wife's XM... This is BULLSHIT!!!

I feel bad for the XM people who have to pay an extra $4 to listen to Howard!!

So they shouldnt even say they now have 18.5m listeners because we cant listen to each other' programing.
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I understand your frustration. I'm in the same boat as my wife has XM in her Acura.

I don't ever remember seeing a plan such as the one described above. It sounds like other than the "Best Of" plans already disclosed, there will be no significant discount to have full subscriptions to both services.

You never know however. Let's see what they announce over the next month or two.
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We probably won't see a combined family plan until they have both services on a single billing platform.

Considering how... advanced... Sirius' platform appears to be, I wouldn't be holding my breath.
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I feel bad for the XM people who have to pay an extra $4 to listen to Howard!!
Don't. If they wanted Howard, they would have gotten Sirius. They also shouldn't expect something for nothing.
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We probably won't see a combined family plan until they have both services on a single billing platform.

Considering how... advanced... Sirius' platform appears to be, I wouldn't be holding my breath.

Mel said that wouldnt happen untill 2014.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:45 PM   #9
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I dunno but I cannot believe you are the first person to even bring this up. Good job cause $6.95 is DEFINITELY worth it if you are looking to get baseball or snoopdog's station.
The first person that brought that up is deranged...

I'm in...
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:28 AM   #10
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i'd do it in a second. most of what i want to listen to or have an interest in is on xm and i don't want to invest in another reciever to get any of that.
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I'm currently a dual-subscriber. If the programming (especially music) is going to be separate, then I have no problem paying $12.95 for Sirius & $12.95 for XM. However, if the talk I'm hearing is true where they're going to combine the overlapping/redundant music channels, and the Fox New Channels, CNNs, ESPN Radios, traffic & weather channels, etc., and the only thing different is a handful of music channels and the various play-by-play channels, then one or the other should be offered at the $6.99 rate.

In other words, if what I'm getting on my XM Radio is nearly identical as what's on my Sirius radio and the only thing different on the Sirius side that I need is the NFL/NASCAR/ & College play-by-play channels it's kind of silly to have to pay a 2nd $12.95 subscription just for that handful of channels. Since what I'm hearing it appears 75% of the overall programming between the 2 platforms will be simulcasting, I sort of look at it as if having a primary radio and a secondary radio.

But reality tells me I'll end up paying $12.95 for those handful of channels that are different.

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absolutely i would. since i am a lifetime sub on sirius and my 5 year plan is up on xm in december, i would LOVE to add mine and my sisters XM radiosonto my sirius account at 6.99 each...but of course that wont happen..but i plan on paying 5 years for my XM and im sure with the merger i will be able to beat XM down to about 8 bucks a month. they are already 9.99 when you pay 3 years.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:16 AM   #13
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Thumbs down I wouldnt spend a $0.01 for additional XM programming

Initially when the merger was announced I was very interested in getting MLB on Sirius but now that it's happened I have decided I will not pay a penny more for the service I have, nor do I expect to get anything more then what I currently have. If Sirius XM were to allow subscribers a one time swap of sports channels (ie. giving up NFL for the MLB), I would be all over that, but sadly it sounds extremely unlikely. Oh well. I'm happy with what I have and I can watch the YES Network on my DVR at home whenever I please.
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This would be fantastic, but is not going to happen.

For one, It would take away any reason to get any of the extra packages they are offering now. Why have a Sirius radio and purchase a best of XM for 4 or 5 bucks more when you could play 2 bucks more for ALL of Xm on a XM radio added on? XM subs could just get an extra Sirius radio for 7 bucks and get all of Sirius rather then paying 4 for just Howards package.

I wish they would do that, though. Definetly makes more sense. But as their plan is now, it won't happen.
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Why have a Sirius radio and purchase a best of XM for 4 or 5 bucks more when you could play 2 bucks more for ALL of Xm on a XM radio added on?
One word - Hardware

Until there are interoperable radios, the average subscriber isn't going to want to pay for and install another receiver in their vehicle. Not to mention the OEM installs where you can't have both.
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