Officials for satellite radio companies Sirius and XM have announced their $13 billion merger as equals, which a press release described as a move to “provide consumers with enhanced content, greater choices, and accelerated technological innovation.”
But before the union becomes official, Sirius and XM — the only two companies with Federal Communications Commission licenses to provide satellite radio in the U.S. — must convince the FCC of the merger’s validity, which is currently under fire for its potential monopoly of the market. And while some listeners rejoice over the larger outlet from which to access satellite programming, like Howard Stern on Sirius and Oprah and Bob Dylan on XM, others are concerned about radiowave domination and the soaring prices that would stem from it.
Here’s what those tuned-in are saying about the merger:
“Sure, now you can get Howard Stern and baseball for the same price, but there’s no competition for talent, no drive towards innovation. And probably, tight playlists with lame tracks, just like we presently have on Sirius. Hell, they’re buying XM, AREN’T THEY? The dream is over. Fumbled by two inept companies.” — Bob Lefsetz, lefsetz.com
“The most obvious benefit to customers will be being able to get all of the premium content (NFL, MLB, Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah, etc.) in one place. The big question will be the pricing. I can’t really see myself paying much more than my current monthly fee. A major increase in the monthly pricing would be hard to take, especially across multiple receivers.” — mdoeff.com
“Ug. This sounds like I’ll have to pick and choose my channels and content. It also sounds like there will be a price structure on a sliding scale instead of one flat fee. Satellite radio will be the new cable television.” — Micheal Felker, michealfelker.com
“If they offer (MLB) baseball, (NFL) football, and (NBA) basketball games for no extra charges, it might actually get me to sign up.” — maskesr, actionchrist.livejournal.com
“If getting up at 6 isn’t depressing enough this morning, I get greeted with a nauseatingly cheery e-mail from Sirius announcing their merger with XM. I left Sirius almost a year ago to get away from their suck-ass service and now it looks like I’ll be stuck with them again unless they really mean what they say and actually DO intend to give us the best of both services.” — Linda, yetanotherjournal.blogspot.com
Talk: What should XM/Sirius call its joint venture?