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Old 01-05-2007, 07:58 AM   #1
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XM Adds Nearly 1.7 Million New Subscribers in 2006 for Total of More Than 7.6 Million Subscribers, Achieves Positive Cash Flow From Operations During Fourth Quarter 2006advertisement

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All PRNewswire NewsWASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM XMSR, the nation's leading satellite radio company, today announced that the company added more than 1.695 million new subscribers in 2006, ending the year with more than 7.625 million subscribers. Based on preliminary results, XM achieved positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter of 2006. XM added more than 442,000 new net subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2006.

"XM completed another year of significant subscriber growth, despite retail softness, and did so with continued cost controls, achieving positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter," said Hugh Panero, Chief Executive Officer, XM Satellite Radio.


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From an observer's point of view, XM is still number one. I strongly doubt that they will merge with Sirius based on their performance from this past year.
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From an observer's point of view, XM is still number one. I strongly doubt that they will merge with Sirius based on their performance from this past year.
If the subscriber trend continues, we should be close to catching them this year as they added 1.7mil and we added 2.7mil

Sirius has better programing.. the only the XM has is MLB (which is huge)

XM might be bigger, but I think Sirius has a better position in the market.

But I could be biased...
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Merger within 6 months, before Sirius can pull ahead. XM had more than a year head start in the satellite business, and comes in with these kind of numbers. Pathetic.
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Merger within 6 months, before Sirius can pull ahead. XM had more than a year head start in the satellite business, and comes in with these kind of numbers. Pathetic.
It's not pathetic since Sirius had a bigger draw with some additions of other programming that drew more people to subscribe to their sat radio. The fact remains that 290M people still use terrestrial radio and could get the stuff for free over the total of 6M who would have to pay for the convenience of no commercials, programming, and a mp3 player with better sound quality. When free terrestrial radio develops some technology that could give the same sound quality like satellite radio, the 290M people would still stick with free radio play.
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When free terrestrial radio develops some technology that could give the same sound quality like satellite radio, the 290M people would still stick with free radio play.
Why are you here? You obviously don't even own satellite radio.
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Sound quality is not the deciding factor in why the consumer is choosing satellite radio. I'ts way down the list of reasons. There will always be a majority of consumers willing to listen to "free" radio. The beauty of satellite is that it offers REAL choice that does not have anything to do with "sound quality".
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Sound quality is not the deciding factor in why the consumer is choosing satellite radio. I'ts way down the list of reasons. There will always be a majority of consumers willing to listen to "free" radio. The beauty of satellite is that it offers REAL choice that does not have anything to do with "sound quality".
Satellite radios biggest competition are the ipods and .mp3 players. My g/f for instance uses an .mp3 player while working out and I can't justify spending $300 on a stiletto for her when she'll be just as happy with a $50 .mp3 player. I on the other hand use a Stiletto because I'm into the entirety of Sirius' broadcast, not just music.
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I really don't know if I would agree with you on the ipod-mp3 competition. Radio has an intimate appeal to people, and they listen for different reasons. Something that plays your specified tunes over and over again is great, too, but gets old rather quickly.
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Something that plays your specified tunes over and over again is great, too, but gets old rather quickly.
I agree. I enjoy satellite because I want someone else to be the dj. I like to be surprised. And like anyone else who has discovered satellite radio, those commercials now seem like they're sucking 20+ minutes out of every hour of your life...
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It's not pathetic since Sirius had a bigger draw with some additions of other programming that drew more people to subscribe to their sat radio. The fact remains that 290M people still use terrestrial radio and could get the stuff for free over the total of 6M who would have to pay for the convenience of no commercials, programming, and a mp3 player with better sound quality. When free terrestrial radio develops some technology that could give the same sound quality like satellite radio, the 290M people would still stick with free radio play.
Highly unlikey, most people aren't with sat radio because of SQ, but because they wanted something terrestrial radio didn't offer. 90% of listeners are not audiophiles, but do care about PROGRAMMING. Deeper playlists, formats not offered by free radio, and COMMERCIAL FREE music- not SQ. Even with HD, terrestrial radio still offers the same crap formats, gee don't those ads sound great in HD? Don't those same 100 songs sound better now? And its not 6 million, its nearly 15 million subcribers, and if you multiply it by the average # of listeners per unit, its over 30 million, larger than any single radio market (and growing). Get a clue dude!
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MP3's, Ipod's, etc. are the NUMBER 1 reason sat radio's growth has slowed the past year. 10's of millions of them has been sold the past couple of years, anyone who thinks that hasn't hurt sat radio is kidding himself.
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Merger within 6 months, before Sirius can pull ahead. XM had more than a year head start in the satellite business, and comes in with these kind of numbers. Pathetic.
I agree with you.
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Highly unlikey, most people aren't with sat radio because of SQ, but because they wanted something terrestrial radio didn't offer. 90% of listeners are not audiophiles, but do care about PROGRAMMING. Deeper playlists, formats not offered by free radio, and COMMERCIAL FREE music- not SQ. Even with HD, terrestrial radio still offers the same crap formats, gee don't those ads sound great in HD? Don't those same 100 songs sound better now? And its not 6 million, its nearly 15 million subcribers, and if you multiply it by the average # of listeners per unit, its over 30 million, larger than any single radio market (and growing). Get a clue dude!
I think many miss this point all the time. Most come to satellite radio primarily for programming and less commercials. Many think though that they are going to get CD quality sound, but that is a misconception.
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Pre-Howard Stern on sat, one of the common reasons that I saw cause people lean to XM was that they were the bigger company and were a better bet to stay in business. Now that the gap has closed and that doesn't seem like as much of an issue, people will have to compare content and that's where Sirius has the advantage...
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