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Old 09-09-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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SIRIUS XM Radio Provides Merger Update
NEW YORK, Sept 09, 2008 -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today provided an update on the company's guidance, a detailed breakdown of expected 2009 synergies, and an outline of the company's new "Best of Both" programming options.

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Today, the company also announced the content line-up for SIRIUS XM's new "Best of Both" programming options. As part of "Best of Both" programming, most current XM customers will continue to receive their existing XM service, and be able to obtain select SIRIUS programming. Likewise, most current SIRIUS customers will continue to receive their existing SIRIUS service and be able to obtain select XM programming. In addition to their existing service, SIRIUS and XM subscribers will be able to purchase the following channels:

SIRIUS on XM
Howard 100
Howard 101
Martha Stewart Living Radio
SIRIUS NFL Radio *
SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Playboy Radio

XM on SIRIUS
NBA *
NHL Home Ice *
Oprah & Friends
The Virus
Public Radio with Bob Edwards
College Sports *
PGA Tour

* Sports offerings will also include channels for play-by-play of NBA, NHL, NFL, and College Sports games.

Included on the "Best of" XM on SIRIUS will be such shows as Basketball and Beyond, hosted by Duke and Olympic basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski; Andretti Green, with driver Danica Patrick; 60/20, a sports magazine show by Luke Russert and James Carville; Indy Racing League car races; and games from the top college conferences, including the PAC 10, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East and ACC.

Karmazin stated, "We have been working closely with our content providers since the day the merger closed and have made significant progress in those discussions. The resulting "Best of Both" options we are outlining today represent another step towards fulfilling our promise of more choices and lower prices for our subscribers. We are very excited to begin offering existing and prospective listeners access to even more compelling programming and new packages."

"Best of Both" programming will be available to satellite radio consumers beginning October 6, 2008 on most existing satellite radios at a monthly cost of $16.99. Also, the company's full slate of new packages will be available to consumers on Oct. 6, including the opportunity to choose programming on an a la carte basis for the first time ever in subscription media.

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* Sports offerings will also include channels for play-by-play of NBA, NHL, NFL, and College Sports games.
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Well that announcment sure saves me some money. There is nothing that I am even remotely interested in.
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Where is baseball? That's the one thing I wanted from XM...
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When did the NBA move to XM?
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:51 PM   #5
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Im disappointed not to see MLB too.
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very Boring Offerings From Both Companies
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So they get the NFL, Howard, and I'm sure our music options, but we don't even get the MLB? This is bull shit!
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I think it's because the MLB season would be over by October 6, and the games, etc. would be available on other media (ESPN Radio, etc.)
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I think it's because the MLB season would be over by October 6, and the games, etc. would be available on other media (ESPN Radio, etc.)

I think ESPN Radio will still black it out. I think the MLB contract is more sticky than than the others. I know the NFL contract isn't exclusive but was prohibitive from XM picking it up. MLB was exclusive to XM.

In addition, I don't think there is room for 15 games all at one time.
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Yeah! Where is MLB? The fact that the regular season ends in early Oct means nothing. No MLB games have been carried on Sirius (no, not even the ESPN Radio coverage) since XM signed their exclusive contract with MLB. So no playoffs on Sirius? No World Series? No Baseball Channel?
I have this fear that we're all gonna be hosed as a result of this merger. Hope I'm wrong, but...
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This offering makes no sense to me....

Sirius's "big fetches" are Howard and the NFL....XM subscribers can get BOTH of them.

XM's "big fetch" is baseball...and Sirius subscribers don't even get a sniff. I hope this was just an oversight or scheduling issue (as someone mentioned above).
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I know my brother would have gone for it had Margaritaville been offered for XM subscribers. I guess he will now convert his in-dash unit to Sirius.
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Yep, this saves me some money also. Baseball is what I wanted so I guess I am out. I would get it for the hockey, but how much am I going to listen to hockey on the radio? Not that much since I am working and moving around at night. Not that bad of a deal if your a XM sub though. Now they have football and Howard and if you are into it Nascar. Sirius subs got the short end of the stick if you ask me.

Just one question though. Are there any discounts coming for second radio subs?
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Just one question though. Are there any discounts coming for second radio subs?
I hope so. If they make all the music channels the same there is no way in hell I would pay full price for a XM radio (since Sirius is lifetime it would become my family plan sub).
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I hope so. If they make all the music channels the same there is no way in hell I would pay full price for a XM radio (since Sirius is lifetime it would become my family plan sub).
Do you think they will make all the music channels the same? if yes, when?
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