FCC Says No to Sirius and XM Satellite Radio Merger
January 23, 2007 1:42 PM
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A monopoly in satellite radio is a big no says FCC
According to several reports, FCC chairman Kevin Martin said that it is
very unlikely the FCC will allow Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. to merge
. Both companies represent the two leading satellite radio entities currently in business in the U.S. and unfortunately, a merger in the eyes of the FCC is an obvious road to anti-competitive grounds.
Both Sirius and XM have been battling it out for the last several years, and in 2006 both companies saw their revenues drop as well as subscriber numbers drop. This peaked a notion in the industry that it was very possible that the two companies were in negotiations to go through a merger.
Share prices from both companies had dropped significantly in 2006, with Sirius shares dropping roughly 38-percent and XM shares dropping a whopping 46-percent of their value. Despite the shares dropping, the two companies continue to operate on speculation of a merger, which was also fueled by remarks made by XM CEO Mel Karmazin and chairman Gary Parsons. With their remarks, shares of both companies jumped last month but have since declined.
It is very unlikely, less than 50-percent chance, that Sirius and XM will receive FCC approval for merger, according to Martin. Even so, both companies will have to pass anti-trust regulations and audits. "There is a prohibition on one entity owning both of these businesses," said Martin.
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1/23/2007 3:41:17 PM
I've had XM for a couple of years. I like it, but I don't love it. The things that put me off:
1) Same artist or song, different station. While just flipping through stations, I'll hear the same artist, or even the same song, on two stations at once. This is bound to happen, but it seems to happen fairly often.
2) For certain DJ's/shows, I'm no longer given the artist and song title of what's playing, instead it's just 'DJ's name/Whatever he calls his show'. I don't care about that, I want an artist and song title.
3) A few weeks ago, I noticed 3 or 4 stations now have a "cm" suffix, meaning they have commercials. I'm paying a monthly fee to not have commercials, so this will probably make me walk away from XM. While the "cm" stations aren't ones I really care about, it's only a matter of time before it spreads to more stations.
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