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Old 01-18-2007, 09:55 AM   #31
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It is important not to get too intense about the "technology" (of satellite radio). It can be here today, gone tomorrow.
Yep, it's not good technology anyway. Maybe for the automobile (don't have experience here), but not for the home. The 3-4 months I spent with Sirius was filled with so much time antenna-adjusting that it just became pointless and I sold the equipment on eBay. It would occur every single day. It made me want to dropkick my Sirius Sportster or whatever it was.

XM was better (but still annoying). Ridiculous that both have interference whenever someone uses a microwave :/

Yes, I probably could've installed an external antenna on my roof or something. Of course, I could do the same with AM/FM radio and install a rooftop super antenna with rotor and increase my amount of free stations by like 200% - from maybe 15 AM and 15 FM (30 total) to double that (like 60 or so stations). If I bothered to spend the $99 and add HDRadio, I guess I could've increased that even more to about 100 or so free stations with the simulcasts. I haven't done any of that.

Now I listen to radio stations - usually AM or FM based but sometimes Internet only outlets - online which is point-and-click easy. If I were one of the big media companies now, I would start developing and marketing a portable device to receive their own stations via AM/FM/HD/Wi-Fi/WiMax. Companies like CBS Radio could take one lesson from Sirius/XM and start developing some kind of receiver for their own programming. HDRadio is free radios first general step in something like this. But like a universal tuner for their own stations with hundreds of stations delivered via IP. The device would obtain them using whatever method is available defaulting at last resort to WiMax which is persumably going to be available everywhere.

There are just too many options for the future (or even present) to assume this niche technology will be a factor.
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:27 AM   #32
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Satellite radio has got to be the easiest device to hook up at home. Anybody who can work a microwave oven would be able to do it in 20 minutes. As to comparing it to terrestrial radio, there is absolutely no case to be made there. Now the internet has some unique stuff but satellite is a more seamless delivery system and already commands over 13 million listeners.The internet stations, maybe 100 listeners, on a good day? They would kill to have a channel on satellite radio.
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:58 PM   #33
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I have stock in Lucent that was at 2.50 when it merged with Alcatel. The stock now lists for !4.50 but I got no increase.

In short, it could be good or bad but my gut feeling says we wouldn't make any money from it like the Lucent stock. The stock holders were mad as hell at the merger.

If XM wants to merge, more the reason we shouldn't. Siri could well be the #1 player like AOL when it became #1.


Just my humble freaking opinion.
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Old 01-24-2007, 04:44 PM   #34
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I have stock in Lucent that was at 2.50 when it merged with Alcatel. The stock now lists for !4.50 but I got no increase.

In short, it could be good or bad but my gut feeling says we wouldn't make any money from it like the Lucent stock. The stock holders were mad as hell at the merger.

If XM wants to merge, more the reason we shouldn't. Siri could well be the #1 player like AOL when it became #1.


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Actually Sirius has been making A LOT more noise about wanting to merge with XM then vice versa. That said if they don't merge this who's number 1 in subs war is getting old and pointless. We can name dozens of very successful # 2 companies. #1??, #2?? It doesn't matter. Making money and staying is business it what's important.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:11 PM   #35
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Great point. I've always said that AVIS made millions for their investors as did PePsi. BTW, an industrial spy was just caught trying to steal PePsi's formula secrets. She was hired by COKE.

BTW, SEC ain't letting no merger occur no matter who wants it the most.

This link was posted in the insiders forum.

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Shares of Sirius Satellite Radio and rival XM tumbled Wednesday after the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said agency rules wouldn't allow the two to merge.

A potential merger of the companies has been the subject of repeated speculation in recent months, but Bloomberg quoted FCC Chairman Kevin Martin as saying that existing regulations prohibit a single owner for the two satellite-ratio operators.

Martin made the comments following an FCC meeting. Sirius was dropping 5.5% to $3.92. XM was slumping 7.6% to $15.83

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