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Interesting E-mail I received from XM radio this morning:

February 20, 2007


Dear XM Radio Subscriber:

We want to share with you some exciting news: Yesterday, in Washington DC, we announced XM Radio will be merging with Sirius Satellite Radio
to form the premier digital audio service.

The merger will create a satellite radio company that will provide
consumers across the country with more and better premium radio
programming. The combined company will be able to compete better in what has
become a very complex and dynamic entertainment market.

Where today our exclusive contracts mean you had to choose between
baseball and football or Oprah and Martha Stewart, the new company will
seek to ensure that in the future, you will be able to access both
companies' programming. And, once we are fully integrated, those of you who
have factory-installed satellite radio will no longer be limited to the
programming provided by the exclusive satellite radio service chosen by
their car manufacturer.

This merger should be completed in late 2007 or early in 2008.
Throughout the year, we will provide updates on how the merger is progressing
and information will be available at our website, www.xmradio.com.

Between today and the merger date, as well as during the period
immediately after the merger date, all of your services will remain the same.
The channel lineup, the customer service number, the great music
technology, and the XM Radio web site will all remain unchanged and there
will be no disruption to service. But, if you have questions, information
will be available and maintained on our website, and you can contact
our Listener Care team at 800-XMRADIO, with questions and concerns.

XM Radio continues to be committed to providing you the highest quality
audio entertainment and customer service available today. After the
merger, our new company will be able to offer you the most exciting
listening experience in radio.

Sincerely,

Hugh Panero
CEO, XM Satellite Radio


Dr. Nick and Bobby Benette along with Soul Street better not be leaving. Them along with The Ryhme station are the only reasons I have XM.
 

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Yeah, I was watching about this yesterday on MSNBC. They were talking about Monopolies and junk.........
 

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well, atleast now i wont have to convert to sirius to get the channel i want. Cool! Price better not go up.
 

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They said the price won't change, but I highly doubt that.

I can see at least an extra 20 bucks being tacked on.
 

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if so consider me cancelled. No way i would pay more than what i do now. I only listen to like 4 channels
 

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It'll be intresting to see how they handle the technology side of things. As it stands today every Sirius or XM receiver is independent of eachother. How are they going to compensate their pre-merger customers? They can always produce new receivers when the merger is final to receive both signals, but people who already own a receiver are screwed when it comes to receiving both signals.

On a side note the FCC has to approve the merger, and from what I heard it can be difficult. They are going to have to show the the customer benefits from the merger in a major way. From what I've read it sounds like they are already leary about the situation.
 

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Just received this E-mail from Sirius. Kinda cool to see how both sides announce things. All i can say is Hooooooray I will be able to get Howard Stern!!!!



February 19, 2007

To: SIRIUS Subscribers

Today is a very exciting day for SIRIUS customers. As you may have
heard, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are merging to form
the nation's premier audio entertainment provider.

This combination of our two offerings will benefit you - our loyal
listeners. As a single company, we'll provide superior programming to you
every day with the best of both SIRIUS and XM. Currently, XM and
SIRIUS broadcast a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive
sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Howard
Stern. Oprah and Friends. The NFL. MLB. NBA. ESPN. CNBC. Fox News.
Additionally, the combined company will be able to improve existing
services such as real-time traffic information and rear-seat video as well
as introduce new ones.

After shareholder and regulatory approvals, we anticipate that the
combination will be finalized by the end of 2007. Until then, both
companies will continue to operate independently. We will continue to provide
you with the uninterrupted service - as well as the outstanding
customer support - that you have come to expect and enjoy from SIRIUS. We do
not anticipate any changes in your service during the merger process,
however, please call our customer care team on 1- 888-539-7474 should you
have any questions.

We look forward to the many benefits this combination will offer and
continuing to make your listening experience an enjoyable one - offering
more of the Very Best Radio on Radio.

Stay tuned,

Mel Karmazin, CEO
 

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I don't get to listen to Sirius to much since it's in my girlfriends car, but they do have some good stations. Their 80's station is better than XM, but with all "decade" stations you get A LOT of bad with little good since they play EVERYTHING made in that decade. In my opinion XM is geared toward an older crowd, and Sirius is more "extreme" :( Personally I love XM. The Rhyme for old school rap/hip hop that plays a huge variety of artists spanning a larger time frame than Sirius's "Backspin" channel. XM's "Soul Street" is amazing, and definately has a broader/more educated lineup of DJ's that play popular and b-side tracks. The third that I always compare is XM's Fungas 53 to Sirius's punk/neo-metal whatever channel who thrives on having pro skater/surfer/extreme hosts more than playing good music.
 

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I bet they will do like cable TV does you get all the standard channels for one price, and all the extras for Mo Money.......Yeah your rates won't go up unless you want Stern, Sports, etc........No Need for sat when you have a 80gig Ipod..........................
 

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^^^ i really hope not, but I guess it would be better than raising the cost all toghether. This way you would at least have a say on if you want to pay extras for whatever channels are offered.
 

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I just jumped on the HD bandwagon. Good sound quality for free. Sure, I have to listen to commercials but again, it's free.
 

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I gor xm radio at the start. Loved it at first but like everything else, xm started gearing what stations to keep or change according to popularity thereby greatly sacrificing diversity. My favorite 2 stations (world zone (music from all over the world) and ngoma (music from all over africa) were cancelled to make way for a bunch of crappy french canadian music stations. Don't get me wrong, there is some very good french music out there, but that music is not well represented by these stations. Anyway, I spent 6 months trying to talk to the powers that be at xm in referance to these decisions and this decision was etched in stone so I cancelled. It was frustrating because there is so much amazing music from the rest of the world which most people have had so little exposure to. Both sirius and xm have several latin styles of music and now french canadian (which was to launch and bring in the canadian market) but with world zone and ngoma gone, the rest of the world gets ignored. Sooo, I am waiting, i would love to go back to satelite radio, I will when someone at xm or sirius has the vision to expanding on cultural diversity and giving us back the opportunity to hear music from the rest of the world. rbarrett
 
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