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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 02-19-2007, 06:25 PM   #1
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Red face How I hope they plan to merge stations...

Here's how I see the channel setup going down for the consumer:

- Playlists are merged and carried on XM and Sirius satellites which are unlocked to broadcast to both XM/Sirius recievers. Both companies carry the same majority of songs so it won't be too drastic of a shift.

- XM Sats handles channels channels "a" through "m", Sirius Sats handle channels "n" through "z" thus allowing more bandwidth for all and better sound.

- Channels on all systems are rearranged/renamed with the obvious staples like Stern/O&A keeping their respectives.

- XM's ClearChannel stations are kept seperate from the rest of the channels/Playlists since they carry commercials and Sirius channels are 100% free of them.

- The consumers unit recieves an update from the satellites to allow for all these changes and we all go about reprogramming our units to our old favorites.

I'm sure they can do this almost seemlessly behind the scenes by broadcasting the Sirius/XM streams to the same satellites who then relay it to the recievers everyone has. So long as the respective recievers are recieving the signal from their configured satellites they won't care what's getting broadcasted.

I'm sure they looked hard at how to do this w/out fucking their entire userbase.

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Old 02-19-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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So you think that sirius receivers will be able to tune into stations broadcast on XM satellites? Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not going to happen unless they update the radios. The two companies are on totally different frequencies and use different technology & audio encoding.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:05 PM   #3
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I'd like to see XM's Decades channels picked up, as well as Underground Garage and Outlaw Country (Disorder, too). I prefer XM's version of the Radio Classics channel to Sirius's but would like both versions of BBC World Service.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:16 PM   #4
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So you think that sirius receivers will be able to tune into stations broadcast on XM satellites? Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not going to happen unless they update the radios. The two companies are on totally different frequencies and use different technology & audio encoding.
No. I'm saying they're going to work out how to get the XM/Sirius satellites to recieve the same signal. Those will then be broadcasted to the recievers that don't care what gets broadcasted, so long as it's from the satellite it's set up to recognize.

Sirius units won't be using XM satellites or vise versa, but the audio will be broadcasted so recievers can recognize it.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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No. I'm saying they're going to work out how to get the XM/Sirius satellites to recieve the same signal. Those will then be broadcasted to the recievers that don't care what gets broadcasted, so long as it's from the satellite it's set up to recognize.

Sirius units won't be using XM satellites or vise versa, but the audio will be broadcasted so recievers can recognize it.
I think what your saying is that they'd translate each other's formats. While possible, the bandwidth available would restrict them from offering anything in terms of sound quality because they don't have it to transmit their native and also their translated formats, unless they restrict the channels.
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I really hope they do not touch XM 81 BPM!!! OMG!! What will I do if that channel leaves?
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I really hope they do not touch XM 81 BPM!!! OMG!! What will I do if that channel leaves?

Agreed!!!! I hope it's not replaced by The Beat's programming mentality.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:42 PM   #8
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So you think that sirius receivers will be able to tune into stations broadcast on XM satellites? Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not going to happen unless they update the radios. The two companies are on totally different frequencies and use different technology & audio encoding.
XM and Sirius both operate in the 2.3-GHz S band, from 2320 to 2345 MHz
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XM and Sirius both operate in the 2.3-GHz S band, from 2320 to 2345 MHz
Yep, but they each only have a 12.5 MHz slice of that spectrum. And as wickerbill stated, they are on different frequencies and use very different codec technologies.
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Yea, and through the magic of high-speed internet tubes, fiber-optics and maybe some guy with a harddrive they can sync playlists/stations with each other and broadcast them on their respective frequencies.

But since both companies share most of the same formatting, minus playlists, some channel mergers/cuts would happen and more bandwidth can be dedicated to the audio.
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- XM's ClearChannel stations are kept seperate from the rest of the channels/Playlists since they carry commercials and Sirius channels are 100% free of them.
I kinda hope those would not make it at all to whatever this new service will be. Knowing now that those guys will be involved with Sirius now just gives me the willies. If they do have to include them, make that watered down, commercial filled content separate indeed - if I wanted to hear that garbage I'd just tune into just about any station in my market and listen to it for free.
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I would really hope that they'd keep Flight 26 and take away The Pulse, being that I'm sure the 90's channel will be picked up anyway. Keep Hits 1 and delete Hitlist. Hits 1 can play a lot of the older hits with the new and 20 on 20 will stay playing just the breaking new hits. Squizz really has to stay because Octane sucks.
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I would really hope that they'd keep Flight 26 and take away The Pulse, being that I'm sure the 90's channel will be picked up anyway. Keep Hits 1 and delete Hitlist. Hits 1 can play a lot of the older hits with the new and 20 on 20 will stay playing just the breaking new hits. Squizz really has to stay because Octane sucks.

haha, just posted a reply to this on the XM boards....

IMO, Sirius Hits 1 is a much better station for playing the latest hit music. 20 on 20 is often late to jump on some songs, if they even jump on them at all. I say keep Hitlist for contemporary music from the 2000s and today, and use Hits 1 as your breaking, new music hits station. I mean, the concept of 20 on 20 is cool, but the listeners don't always know what is new....they just know what they've already heard before
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:40 PM   #14
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I'd like to see XM's Decades channels picked up, as well as Underground Garage and Outlaw Country (Disorder, too). I prefer XM's version of the Radio Classics channel to Sirius's but would like both versions of BBC World Service.
XM's Deacades channels are God awful! Nina Blackwood, I miss you already!

As far as XM's current hits dance music station, I'm not that familar with it but Sirius's The Beat is weak...now the Strobe. Shouldn't be touched with the crap XM plays! I'm just sick over what XM might do to some of the great music channels!

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XM's Deacades channels are God awful! Nina Blackwood, I miss you already!

One thing I like about the XM Decades category is the 90s STATION.
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